I have always been drawn to photography. Not only is it was a way for me to express myself it was a way to speak to the world about things I saw, experienced and felt strongly about. They don’t say “a picture is worth a thousand words” for nothing. One single photo you make can make huge difference, it can be lovely reminder or it can tell a story no words can describe. But regardless of my love for photography I never thought I’ll make successful career out of it.
But I’m here, doing just that. Despite all predicaments and against all odds I’m here in Vancouver and setting up an exhibit which is going to be one of the events worthy of your attention and your time. As a member of Society of Canadian Photographers I was selected by the board to head this project. Therefore the responsibility for finding venue, setting up the date and arranging everything you can think of fell on my shoulders.
To me, it feels like a massive project that is encompassing so many things it is hard to mention everything. Visually and artistically it will be an exhibit that will tell a magnificent story about Vancouver, its history and its development into modern megalopolis and cultural hub it is today. I must admit that the prospect of working with so many great photographers wasn’t something I could reject, because I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I passed the opportunity to learn from them and to grow as artist as well.
Working with them opened my eyes and I can finally understand what great photography means and how it can affect our entire society. Going through hundreds and thousands of photos, coming from both professionals and amateurs I’ve seen that every single person can tell a great story if given chance to express themselves. That’s what I love about this job, that’s what I love about being able to present to the public the best works from my fellow colleagues.
But please, don’t think I’m living in the land of milk and honey either. This is demanding project and job that seeks great dedication. At the moment it feels like I’m working 24/7. Honestly it’s burdening me and sometimes I feel like I could scream. Expectations are high and my superiors are rightfully worried whether everything will go as planned. I know it will, but concerns on my and their part still exist. We just need to stay focused in order to deliver fantastic exhibit.
Sadly the worst part of this job is that I feel detached from my friends and my family. The people I grew professionally with are not around and I feel like I don’t have anyone to ask for an advice. My closest colleagues from the studio I work for are not here either. Being on my own has its perks but it also has disadvantages I’ve just mentioned.
In the end I would like to say that I wouldn’t change anything. I have fantastic job, one that is demanding, but nevertheless fantastic. I have creative freedom to express myself and I have been given opportunity to share that with everyone. I really doubt it can get better than that.