I remember when my uncle gave me an old film camera as a present for my 15th birthday. It was the first time I took photos. I never looked back. That camera, and its successors, have allowed me to connect with people from all walks of life and tell their stories.
Of course, I didn’t turn professional immediately. While I built up my photography skills, I worked at many other jobs: a car mechanic, a concierge at a five-star hotel, a buyer for a clothing company. But nothing felt right until I started calling myself a photographer.
Now, I consider myself extremely fortunate. Meeting and photographing interesting people on a daily basis is what I love to do. It’s why I never take it for granted.
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