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09/29/2003 03:27:04 AM · #1


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09/29/2003 05:50:20 AM · #2
Keep learning David, there is still a lifetime of knowledge that awaits you.
09/29/2003 06:02:46 AM · #3
You are a clever kid David

Wish you all the best;)
09/29/2003 06:25:45 AM · #4
Nice post David. Thank for sharing your experience.

Once I read it, it took me a while to realize that, at your age, I had the same experience.
I had an uncle which was a professional photographer and he did his best, teaching me, to make me love photography.
For a little while, I played it as a game and I also set-up a studio with a friend of my age who had the same interest.
Then, in less than a couple of years I lost interest in it.
Lots of other things were coming, particularly software development which has been my major interest since then.
Only a couple of years ago I bought a Sony F-505 from a friend, later on updated with a new F-707, but it was not until the last few months that I've found the stimuli to play with Photography on a regular basis.
I now find in Photography something which not even came to my mind when I had your age.
But I will not reveal you the "secret". That is for you to discover in the years to come. You have other things to do now. =)


09/29/2003 07:12:55 AM · #5
good idea! at your age you should be trying everything new, not doing loads of old photography and submitting it here and duley having it bashed for either:-

Not being an insect
Not being a cat
Not being a Dog.

Or the mother of all insults: "doesn't meet the challenge in my narrow mind"


;)

09/29/2003 08:23:16 AM · #6
thanks for writing, david, i was wondering how you are doing... best of luck to you!
09/29/2003 08:25:23 AM · #7
you're right. it's hard to win challenges.

good luck!



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09/29/2003 08:32:34 AM · #8
David, I would like to wish you luck in whatever you should decide to do. I agree with some of what you said in your original post here. Maybe photography will be somethign you pick up again someday when you have more time to devote to a hobby.... I have enjoyed your photos...

John Setzler

09/29/2003 09:12:50 AM · #9
I, myself, did just as you did. I got into different things at your age. But I did come back later, and love it now. It takes time to do, and at least you have the experience and "know how" to shoot. Good Luck
09/29/2003 12:37:03 PM · #10
I have discovered photography. Now I can kill myself. I have nothing else to learn. -- Pablo Picasso
09/29/2003 12:48:10 PM · #11
You are a very intelligent young man able to express yourself so well.

When the mood hits, maybe one day you'll see a shot that you just have to take and send on to DPC.
09/29/2003 01:46:21 PM · #12
I was quite involved in photography at 15 and 16 years old. School yearbook and newspaper, darkroom at home, plenty of classes. It was exciting but other things came up. Just four weeks ago I purchased a digital camera and stubbled accross this site. Now at 42 its providing a new challenge and interesting diversion from the 'rat-race' you will probably enter before long. I'm getting slammed in my first challange, but that is just fueling my motivation. Good luck. I wouldn't be surprised if you return to photography in one way or another down the road. By the way, I really like your Nostalgia photo.
09/29/2003 03:17:35 PM · #13
Thanks to everyone
09/29/2003 04:10:23 PM · #14
David,

Try lots of different things. I often wish I'd done more things and goofed off a bit more when I was your age. I went to a private school as well and I know what the pressure can be like. It's important to do well in school, yes, but it's also important to discover what it is that you really enjoy doing. Don't write anything off just yet. The important bit is that you've been exposed to photography, and can come back at it in the future. It'll always be there if you want it to be. You don't have to set out for an education in photography - like writing, I think that experience in something real is often better preparation for the craft than learning all about technique at the expense of finding a subject which you are passionate about.

Remember that the choices you make now are less important than doing whatever it is that you decide to do with passion and determination. When you do lots of different things, you'll find a path that's best for you.

All the best.

James.
09/29/2003 05:59:40 PM · #15
David

Just read the replies on this thread, and can see how everyone feels. Went to your site for the first time,I'm new here, and looked at your Nostalgia photo again. I gave you a 7. It brought a lot of feelings back to me and I thought it fit the Challenge perfectly.
09/30/2003 09:37:06 AM · #16
I agree that it is rare for a photograph, movie, or other art to have a lasting impact a person's life. With one exception: the artist. Profound works often have a lasting impact on their creators. But even mundane works, by the very process of their creation, make subtle changes in the artists' perception and outlook; changes that add up over the years.


09/30/2003 10:26:31 AM · #17
You are one smart young man, David!

As long as you continue to follow your heart and stay true to it -- and comtemplate your decisions before you make them -- you'll be very successful in life!

I wish you the best,
Renee
09/30/2003 05:11:48 PM · #18


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09/30/2003 05:13:43 PM · #19
At some point in your life, you will need something of your own in the way of a pasttime... maybe photography will still interest you then :)
09/30/2003 05:33:19 PM · #20
Hey David,

At 14, I be came interested in several lifetime hobbies/past times. I began flyfishing and nature study. I'm in my 50s, and still do both of these actively. So remember, the fun/interests you have now, may continue on for many years and become part of you. Good luck, best wishes in your future. Van

09/30/2003 05:40:53 PM · #21
You're more mature than I was at 14, that's all I have to say. Keep an open mind and enrich your life.
09/30/2003 08:21:43 PM · #22
I've enjoyed your work, David! Best of luck, and I hope to see more of your photos some day. I can honestly say that some works by Ansel Adams, Galen Rowell, Edward Weston and others HAVE changed my life in the long run. Heck, I can say that several photos here on DPC have done that, too!

As one committed to changing people's lives for the better, I wish you the best and expect to see you do significant and important things in the future!
10/01/2003 04:31:17 AM · #23
David:

It's sad to see you go. You seem like a very talented young man. I'm sure you will do well at anything you put your time and energy into. Don't stress too much about school and stuff. Just do well and have fun. You'll come back to the arts when you realize psychology is a bunch of crap. :)
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