I recently decided to go through some of the oldest files on my computer, and although it isn’t exactly my oldest work (I believe my mom’s desktop is where most of that calls home) it is still interesting to me to see how my 18 year old self sought to capture images. The selections that I have attached are mainly from the summer and fall of 2013, the summer after I graduated from high school and my first semester studying architecture. It goes without saying that much surrounding me has changed as is often the case, most notably in this context probably being my field of study, but it is also worth mentioning that the part of campus that I took the photo of the lamp-pole and evergreen tree reflecting in a puddle that collected after a rain doesn’t even exist anymore. Most notably to me, though, are the similarities and differences that these photos bear to my current work.
Embarrassing as it is to acknowledge, these photographs come from a time in my history where I did not actually yet know how to manipulate ISO or aperture on a DSLR; any and all adjustments to exposure were done by changing shutter speed (the only way a young, self taught photographer studying architecture knew how), and when that worked it worked, and when it didn’t it didn’t. It’s funny to me though, that after what has currently been about two years of professors informing my ability to compose, my tendencies are not entirely different from what they once were. In fact, if anything has changed it’s merely my general aversion to nature photography and landscape because of how much of my early work it had made up.
I also find it funny the things I see in these photos that could be in my current work but aren’t. It’s strange to think that there are lessons to be learned from your past self.