2012 vs 2018: Was looking through one of my first few photography works and couldn't help but compare it to my current work. It took me 6 years to get here. Countless days of trials and errors, and facing setbacks and failures did almost break me and make me want to quit.
However, I kept telling myself that it’s OK. I am not going to lie. It wasn’t easy.
There were people who told me it was impossible - I recall someone saying that it was NOT possible for me to do what I want to do. He even said I could never be a professional photographer if I never shot overseas like him.
But I am glad that I had the right support from encouraging friends, folks who did not stop me from trying, learning and turning failures and setbacks into milestones for learning. Folks who pointed out where I had gone wrong and how I can improve - these are the best bunch.
I went for workshops, I took to learning on my own via YouTube and Facebook. I did try to look for mentorships but that was going nowhere as I was getting rejections after rejections. It could be because some local photographers were insecure about sharing their secrets, or it could be that I am not qualified enough to be their padawan.
But no matter. I kept trying until I got my big break in 2016, thanks to @tomohitoshi
who was OK with working with me on something experimental.
And here I am now, still learning and trying, and encouraging others to push themselves further. Many thanks to various other photographers and artists who have been encouraging and inspiring me throughout these past few years - especially folks like @vonwong
and so on.
There is just too many to mention - I am sorry if I did not include your name here but you know who you are! Thank you.
So what’s next? I’ll keep pushing myself. This is life-long learning at its best! I love photography and nothing can take that away from me! Ora et Labora!