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  • A ball. A light. A wall. A tree. A cat. A dog. A laughing mother. A crying sister. Or anything else that can fit in that 16:9.

    Since age 10 I have been capturing life's moments. Sometimes such moments consist of children sliding out of water slides or bees flying in the sky. Of course some frames or more interesting than others, but they all share a common element: the art of photography.

    When I open my camera I open my mind to anything and everything. I do not limit myself as to what may be more interesting to see hung on a wall or what might catch the eyes attention faster, but I expand my horizons to include what I may feel has a story or what looks beautiful to me. I always begin a shoot by thinking, "What will I capture today? How could I make this shoot better from the last?" But every time I ask myself these questions I always answer them with the same answer: It doesn't matter. I simply do not care about capturing the most beautiful shot. I do not care about fancy frames where my subject appears to be talking to itself. I do not care about capturing that Pulitzer Prize winning frame. When I turn my camera on or when I open my camera on my phone I let it take me wherever it wants, because I am able to find beauty in the most abstract objects. And truthfully, that is what a good photographer does.

    But why? Why do I take pictures of such things? Why, if you were to go through my digital portfolio, would you find more pictures of walls, trucks, and grass versus a childs laughter or an award winning headshot? This is because I am relaxed by this. Taking such pictures where I am nit limited to this or that makes me feel invincible. You see, I realize that there are no rules to photography, for when a person buys a camera the only rules are how to operate the camera. But when it comes to turning that camera on and capturing whatever is in front of that lens, that's when thing become fun and free. It's almost like a break or escape from my life. When my parents tell me I cannot do this or that I listen. Because I must or else. But when I turn my camera on, I realize that there are no limitations. I realize that I can't limit myself, my parents can't limit me, not even the memory card that could be just about full is able to limit me to capture this or that. Photography, like many other fine arts, is free with no limits. Anything I want to capture can be captured. So if you were to see my digital portfolio, and if you wondered why you saw so many abstract photos of things that may seem to have no purpose or beauty to them, do not ask me why I capture those things, because each time you do I will answer, "Because I can."

    This is photography to me. This is what it has done to me and this is how it affects my mind and what I now open my mind to.
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