Thursday, June 18, 2009
I worked at the Nevada Appeal, a daily paper in Carson City, Nev., for eight wonderful years. Through photojournalism, I've been able to shoot bands like U2, the Cure, Depeche Mode, Santana, Jane's Addiction, and many others. I've shot an Olympic Trials, huge fires, the Reno Rodeo, Burning Man, eight high school graduations and everything in between. One thing that makes my heart rush is hearing my phone ring and see the phone number, 1-111-111-1111. I always believed that getting paid to make images was such a gift, living the dream. I was laid off from the paper about two months ago. Not a shock, our paper cut back to five days a week. I love photojournalism and now am on a different path. I recently applied for the Director of Photography position at Vanderbilt University. Shooting SEC sports would be awesome. Two months ago I met a girl named Amanda. Now, I'm really living a dream because I've finally found the person I've been searching for my entire life. We met in a 36-hour Zen retreat in Carson City, Nev. Twelve 30-minute mediations, several walking meditations, all done in silence, culminated with a 15-minute embrace showered with tears with my soulmate. I found peace and love. Photography is a dream, but seeing yourself reflected in another's soul, is the essence of life.