Autodidact (aw-toh-dahy-dakt) noun. A person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher or a formal education. A self taught person.
I’ve always had a camera in my hands. Ever since I can remember.
Whether it was the old Minolta XG1 that my father gave me or a crappy point and shoot, I grew up trying to capture moments. I didn’t know what I was doing back then, but I didn’t care. I was young and I did it because I liked it.
And even if all my images were a failure, I was content with trying to learn something. Fast forward 20 years and I’ve learned a lot. I don’t pretend to know everything, but I’ve honed a set of skills that I can now use to pursue a dream. Yet, even with as much as I’ve learned, I still try to learn something new every single day. Perfecting your craft is not a destination. It’s a lifelong journey and it is ever evolving. Whether it be in an unrelated field or a personal hobby, I have a strong desire to continually better myself in every way possible. It just so happens that my craft is also my passion and the skill that I try hardest to improve.