I truly love photography. Maybe I am a replicant who needs to capture memories because I lack any real ones of my own. Maybe the fact that my dad always had a camera with him and took oodles of photos programmed me. Or maybe I am actually an introvert and my camera makes a good human shield. Whatever the reason, taking photos makes me happy. (Plus, my wife will tell you that I am actually an uber-extrovert)
My background is photojournalism. I photograph what I see, instead of trying to stage something.
I spent many years photographing raves all over California. My weeks went like this - shoot one to three events Friday and Saturday, drop off a dozen rolls of film on Sunday, pick up Tuesday, scan late at night on Wednesday and Thursday after work, publish online Friday morning, repeat cycle. That is how I learned photography - a very diverse (and wonderful) group of people in tough (but beautiful) locations under tough (well, yes just plain tough) conditions. I learned that the real world offers more than enough opportunity, there is no need for me to create an artifcial scene.
I shot film back then. I never knew if a shot would actually turn out. Also, the whole process of putting a photo online was laborious. Digital changed all that. The first digital camera I used was an Apple Quicktake 150. It had serious limitations but being able to upload photos immediately, and take essentially unlimited photos, was amazing. Flash forward a dozen digital cameras in as many years, and tens of thousands of photos... I now carry at least one camera with me at all times, not counting the ones in my phones. I shoot constantly, not only when I am paid to. I try to capture anything that catches my eye. Sometimes that is in an underground parking structure or while I am riding the bus through LA's garment district. I am not an angst ridden, life hating, pain-beyond-your-meager-comprehension artist who instills some deep dark meaning into every photo. I try to be light and humorous, most of the time.
If just one of my photos makes you smile, go "ooooo", or think for a second, then I will be even happier. I hope that you will find as much happiness photographing the world around you as I do!