My First Publication
Hello once again, my friends!
I cant think of a better way to start closing out 2016, than by sharing with you these 2 images. Why are they special? Well, these 2 images have been selected by Gulfstream Literary Magazine to be published in their upcoming digital issue. Its my first publication and I am so happy! These images will be featured alongside 2 different poems the editors thought matched really well. I have been toying the idea of using poetry with my images to tell a story, and i am glad i was able to start in this way. I will be sure to share the poems and their authors once the issue is out, so keep an eye on this little blog! I intend to continue using poetry to enhance my visual storytelling, but more on that later ;)
I am so thankful to have friends and supporters who always keep me in mind, and give me so many wonderful opportunities. I rarely use the word "blessed", but that is truly how I feel right now. 2016 has been a rough year, but also a year of growth and blessings. My work has skyrocketed in popularity. I landed my first 2 gallery shows (working on a post all about my 2nd show soon!), and my first publication. I can only hope that 2017 will be just as fruitful.
Hard work and perseverance has proven to be the one, true way to succeed. The thought of giving up on my art, what makes me happy, has crossed my mind many times. But I kept my head up. As long as I love what I do, and pour all of my effort into it, it will always be fruitful. I dont mean to get overly sappy on here, but I am just so, so, so, thankful.
I dont do what I do for the sake of likes and popularity. I do so in hopes that someone will find some beauty in how I choose to see things. I do so in hopes that my vision may help someone. Even if for a moment, if you look at my work, and forget your troubles...then I have done my job. Thats all I can really ask for, all of these wonderful accomplishments are really just a bonus. Keeping my vision clear, my intentions clear, has made me the photographer I am today. It all sounds cliche, I know. BUT ITS THE TRUTH.
Thank you to everyone who supports me, follows me and has watched me grow. It means more to me than I can ever show you.
Thank you 2016, for kicking my ass and making me work hard for what I need. You knocked me down a few times, but getting up over and over again made me an even better artist.
The best is yet to come.