My name is Fionn (pronounced as Fi-on not Fi-own) It seems to be a difficult name for strangers to pronounce, but then I'm used to it.
Ever since I was young, I knew that school wasn't something that I was good at. Think about the board game "Mouse Trap". You try to catch the mouse but never succeed. Although I can't say for sure that I had never caught a mouse in the board game.
That's when I discovered my passion in sports, the outdoors and photography. Doing any of these three things gave me the feeling of being "good enough".
Therefore, I spent most of my elementary and high school years devoting my time to sports. I started photography at the age of 13.
When I first picked up a digital camera, I started taking pictures of everything, from candy to landscapes. After a few years, I noticed that traveling was what I loved the most. Once I got my first DSLR camera, I understood the power of the world that I had just entered. My life was never going to be the same. I had the opportunity to capture the voyage that I was in, the feelings and the excitement and disappointment that comes and go.
As a travel photographer, I love being able to see the world. I love the feeling of staying up all night just to make sure that I got everything in my camera bag. I love running through terminals just to make sure that I won't miss my flight. I love the feeling of my ears being plugged when the plane ascends, or descends. I love when the air pressure or elevation changes drastically. I love the smell of a new place and the excitement of what it might bring. I love everything about the unpredictable.
For the past years, photography and traveling is what I dream and think about. I love to take pictures just as much as viewing them. I enjoy photography because of the memories that go with all my adventures. Photography is a form of art through which I can convey my true self, my passion, my perceptions and my dreams. Through photography I can use my visualization skills in order to recreate the world I want – a world filled with dreams, happiness, love, peace, hope and unity.
Photography and traveling allows me to be stress-free in my own little world. My most passionate works are landscapes. My job is not only to witness, but also to capture and appreciate all the beautiful scenes of nature that I am surrounded by. By capturing these scenes, it makes me reminisce about my own memories. I cherish every minute in this world because this shadow and light of time would never come exactly as it did today. Photography is the passage backwards in time. This has given me the opportunity to travel and meet people from all over the world.
If I had the choice to pick if I wanted to stay in a luxurious beach house and enjoy the summer paradise or backpack to Southeast Asia on a low-budget to explore, I will most definitely pick the backpacking trip. Nothing can beat going on an adventure and exploring the world.
Up to this day, I have dedicated my life in documenting places and activities that I enjoy doing. Whether it will be hiking to the bottom of Grand Canyon, swimming with sharks, wing suit flying in California, hiking up Mount Everest, kayaking in Alaska, climbing El Capitan or jumping down from a waterfall in Hawaii, I will always be there with my camera(s) in my hands, a smile on my face and butterflies in my stomach.
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