When people ask me where I'm from, I normally say the Jersey shore. The reaction I get is, "you don't look like the Jersey Shore!" Newsflash, those people don't represent where I originally come from.
Back in 2011, I had an internal pull to buy a camera. I followed that hit and purchased a Nikon d5100 DSLR. On the morning of October 24th, 2011 I took it out for the first time and was able to capture this sunrise amongst the backdrop of Seaside Heights, NJ. At the time my camera was set to automatic mode, and I had no idea what to do other than shoot. So I snapped this shot, did a little bit of editing, and much to my surprise my photography career began at the tender age of 31.
This specific shot would become somewhat iconic, as in October of 2012, Superstorm Sandy would decimate the New Jersey coastline. In its wake lay a path of destruction, as roads were flooded, inlets were formed, and the pier pictured above would be torn to shreds. The roller coaster which you can faintly see in the distance, would for sometime call the Atlantic Ocean its home.
All these years later I look back on the photo fondly, because at the time I had no idea I'd be living in Montana all these years later sharing my creations with others. People are actually purchasing my photography prints and hanging them on their wall. What in the actual fuck?
It just goes to show, with a little bit of hard work, a shit ton of patience, and A LOT of fuck up's anything is possible.
EDIT: 10/1/22 8.22 AM
My thoughts are with the people in Ft. Myers/Sanibel Island as Hurricane Ian destroyed much of an area I have very fond memories of. The West coast of Florida will alway hold a special place in my heart, and it's an area I'd consider moving to if all things aligned. Those people have a long road ahead of them, but humans are resilient when they need to be.
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To read my previous Life Out There Blog Series | Behind the Lens #2 click on the link here: Behind the Lens #2: Flathead Lake in Montana
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