January 31st, 2005 marked my 8th birthday and the year I no longer received toys as presents. Instead, my family purchased a simple yet elegant brown and gray film camera resembling the size and model of the single-use cameras you find at most convenience stores nowadays.
I carried that camera with me everywhere I went. All the film that came with it was used in the first couple of days. Even though I knew the camera was empty, I still enjoyed looking at the world through the viewfinder, pressing the shutter-release button, and hearing the clicking sound that finalized the process of taking a photograph.
After only two months of being the proud owner of this camera, I lost it.
Fast forward ten years to the purchase of a used Canon EOS Rebel T1i. Fast forward to first year of college and my beginning work with The Guilfordian newspaper. Fast forward through life experiences captured in Instagram snapshots with complementary writing. And stop here.
Welcome to my tales of cilantro gelato and anecdotes from a college reporter as I attempt to master the craft of photojournalism and continue the academic pursuit of a byline.