Every now and then, usually while on assignment, I may be asked why I became a photographer. Why did I choose this line of work? As far as I am concerned, I photograph because I really have no other choice. This is what I do. This is what I am.
I am in the business of visual storytelling. I always have been, always will be. It is what I've been doing since I was a young. Taking pictures, selling images, bringing life to products, and capturing a smile. All in exchange for a penny, a smile or a tear, and a little of your time and attention.
I shoot for a living. I’ve been shooting to make ends meet since I left school. It is my way of surviving, of earning a living and of navigating this world. It is my way of bringing something to the table, contributing what I believe is the best thing I have to offer for others to enjoy.
I have photographed for major corporations and back yard barbeques; I’ve shot for advertising agencies, universities, medical establishments and architects. As Richard Avedon said “And if a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it's as though I've neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible.” I couldn't agree more.
As I said, I am in the business of storytelling. This is an art, a craft and a business, and I thank the gods of light for that. I believe that when you choose a photograph of mine and pay for it, you are entitled to get the best I can produce. For me, this is not a hobby, it is a profession.
I am happy I survived in this business, and I am happy we met along the way. I plan to keep on doing this until they shoot me down (pun intended). Till then, I'm always working on something new.