“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai
A Hunger For Knowledge and Purpose
Since I was young, I have had a certain hunger for knowledge. I was always seeking the truth from my teachers, from my parents, and from literature. It’s funny, being who I am, my parents used to say I challenged things too much. Honestly, it was just a thirst for knowledge, for the truth, and for something deeper. I am thankful for my inquisitive nature. It led me down the path of my purpose: to be a photographer. A person who documents the truth in the world, capturing raw and uninhibited moments of others.
Photography aside, it has led me down a path of wanderlust. Traveling all over the place, experiencing new cultures, and connecting with this world that I am so thankful for. There’s a certain power to what we seek. Seek the truth, get the truth. Seek the worst, get the worst. What we seek is almost self-fulfilling in a lot of ways.
When I was young, my parents asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up (like many parents do). Being the seeker of truth and knowledge, I answered simply, “Just to be happy.” I didn’t want to fit a mold: a doctor, a teacher, or a lawyer. I wanted that mold to fit me, and that was transformative. It allowed me to reach into the furthest corners of myself and explore. I studied Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University, I built furniture using wood-working, and I explored the cultures and religions of people throughout the world. In essence, through seeking the truth of the world, I found myself.
There was a lot of confusion as to who I was up until about three months ago. I was aimless, just seeking to find happiness with no true direction. I found photography again. Not just a long lost hobby, but my passion. Emotions flooded me, remembrances of being young and playing with my parents’ cameras came back to me. It was then apparent that all this seeking and restless nights had paid off. I finally found what I sought.
I’d like to thank my soon-to-be husband for encouraging me to pursue my passion and career in photography after years of being greatly discouraged.
Where from here?
I honestly don’t know. Just to continue seeking my true purpose. To learn and to grow as a photographer, as a documenter, and as a person who captures things.