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Why I Do Photography

Published April 1st, 2013

I was first exposed to photography in high school in 10th grade. My mother purchased a Minolta X-700 for me. Armed with a cheap CPC zoom lens and the standard 50mm MD, I began to explore the world of photography.

There were classmates of mine that I admired. A friend of notable talent is Tracy Hasegawa. She won numerous awards in high school. Reina Fuji, my high school sweetheart, took photography. There was also Mr. Yamashiro, my photo teacher. For a teacher at a private school, he was pretty hip and served as a role model of sorts. There became an established “Photoland Clan” of students that would interact and share with each other with photography as the central focus.

I enjoy photography for a wide variety of reasons. On a very fundamental level, it serves as a creative outlet for me to express myself. I was never a very visually artistic person; I can’t draw for beans. Yet I can visualize internally. Imagination creates and inspires visions and images from within an ...

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