Photography is important. Without photos we lose certain memories, or are unable to share what we saw or experienced with our friends and family. But for some, it is a little more than that. It’s a hobby, and I see it as an art form. So for week 5, I am going to brief you on why I do what I do, and what makes it so special to me experience in particular.
When I first came to college, I met a friend of mine by falling in love with his car just by seeing it on the streets around town. Justin Pelerin owns a 2006 Subaru STI that he has put his heart and soul…and wallet into. After befriending this fellow Subaru enthusiast, I couldn’t help but constantly ask to shoot this beautiful looking car.
On random weekends, we would drive around throughout Vermont for hours looking for the best spots the capture the coolest photo. Every road, curve, body of water, bridge, tree, and rock can make or break a great picture.
Then one weekend last year coming home from a car meet, Justin and I did some exploring and came across this BEAUTIFUL dirt road with amazing foliage. The above picture is the golden ticket from that day.
BUT, this wasn’t just any picture that got saved into the memory bank and posted on Instagram for a few thousand people to see. Justin, without me knowing at first, submitted this photo to a group called “AWD_ARMY” to be printed in the 2016 Member calendar and sold for $25 a piece. Yeah, a 25-freakin-dollar calendar!!!
It made it.
Holy Shit, MY PHOTO is going to be mass printed for who knows who to buy and see. I couldn’t believe it.
The feeling was AND is still amazing. It was a stepping-stone for me and my work, and was only the beginning of the passion I have developed for this hobby.
Here is a link directly to the AWD_ARMY website store page. If you look down at the bottom right of that page and click on “VIEW DETAILED IMAGES” and click on SEPTEMBER, you’ll see my shot. Feel free to check out the rest of the website to learn more of who they are and why its so cool they published my photo!