This year we want to force ourselves to be challenged and get out of our comfort zone. I feel like we have become so comfortable photographing people, we don’t really challenge ourselves to do much outside of that. And it’s not that we don’t like to photograph people, we LOVE it! We just want to make sure that we’re always growing and trying different things so that we can continually become better photographers. We don’t often shoot spaces…so because of that and the fact that we want to get to know different parts of our great and diverse city, over the next few months we are planning on taking time to explore and photograph different parts of Columbus and hopefully some of the people who live in those areas as well. Last week we visited a part of Columbus that is close to my heart, The Ohio State University. My Alma Mater. We were able to give our friends Danny and Janelle a little bit of a tour since they just moved here from Pennsylvania a few months ago and hadn’t really gotten to see the campus yet.
It was nice to see some of the old familiar buildings that I walked past every day as a student, and those little nooks where I would go to study for my Econ and Finance classes. Seeing those places brought back good memories, but it also reminded me of the dreams that formed in me while I was a student. Some of which I let go of too easily. It was invigorating and inspiring to be enveloped by this campus that has been around for so long and has so much history, and at the same time be surrounded by bright, young students. Some of whom will make a huge impact on the world around them because they are willing to fight for their dreams. That’s the kind of life I want to lead…I want to fight for my dreams no matter how seemingly outlandish they may be. I want to make an impact on the world around me and have a life rich with not just content, but moreover I want it to be rich in quality. Quality relationships. Quality time spent in true conversation. Quality aspirations and achievements.
As we list our goals for 2012 and continue to dream for the future, I know that we will be keeping that desire in the back of our minds, to foster quality in everything that we do. So that we’re not just adding noise, but instead doing our best to add something beautiful and of lasting value.
This first image is one taken from Thompson Library looking out over The Oval…I love this view. I don’t usually do quite this much to my images in post production, but I thought I’d be a little adventurous.
There’s just something about the look and the feel of a worn leather binding that I can’t get enough of.
And here he is, my good friend and fellow photographer Danny Jackson.