While 2014 wasn't the best year to date for me, it presented a lot of opportunities that I'm exceedingly grateful for. I had the opportunity to spend a lot of my time travelling, including a seven-week trip to Europe. For the nearly two months, I was living in hostels, constantly on trains, with only the possessions I could fit in my backpack and camera bag. If I wasn't moving from one city to the next, my days were spent wandering the streets with my camera, and then stopping in a coffee shop to journal when I got tired. I shot over 6000 photographs and filled a journal from front to back with my (at times, mindless and lonely) ramblings.
It was this seven weeks that essentially cemented how much I want to make this my life. Travel and photography. With that in mind, I've decided to take a step back from my jobs this year to focus my time and efforts on making it happen. Step one was finally publishing my website (something I've been meaning to do for an embarrassing length of time). I'm looking to grow the site over the next little while, starting with this blog and adding several things as I get my metaphorical ducks in a row.
I also have plans for a couple photography trips in the coming months. In February, I'll be spending about four days in Yosemite National Park in California, photographing Horsetail Falls for the few days a year when the angle of the setting sun backlights it and turns it into a glowing fire-fall. In March, I will also be returning to Europe for a three-week period, this time in Switzerland, Germany, and the Czech Republic. I've never been to either of the first two, but the little time I spent in Prague has proved it to be one of my favourite cities in the world both to visit and photograph, and I'm very excited to go back.
In addition to more travelling, I'm looking to expand my business itself this year, starting with portraiture and hopefully tapping into the wedding industry. This is something I've been looking to do for a while, but I've never had the confidence to pursue. You have to start somewhere though - carpe diem, no time like the present - there's a list and a half of cliches I could throw in here that would get the same point across.
At any rate, my goal is to have my camera in hand more often than not this year. I'm excited to see what I can get up to in 2015, and what the world has in store for me. Bring it on.