I've been into this hobby since 2006. I used to be a student when I started, now I'm working and I'm no longer as free. I do spend most of my time outside work trying to capture some part of the beauty and splendour of Salento (Italy), though. Photography has been... More than a pastime to me. It is a great teacher - imparting patience, maturity and an appreciation of the smaller things in life. In some ways, it is an excuse - one to be present at the beach looking at the last rays of the sun with the waves lapping at my feet, or to be standing at a high place looking out at the city lights in the middle of the night.