1. What is something not too many people know about you?
Not too many people know that throughout the course of my young adult life I’ve made a seemingly simple yet crucial error. Any time I have set out to do something truly significant, I would always decide to quit before I actually fail. Deciding to quit because you foresee a potential failure is both a natural response and an intuitive mistake that comes with liabilities. Today I choose to discover the limits of my capabilities at the expense of failure because I believe operating in such a way has a direct correlation to progress.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
I've had many different hobbies and passions throughout the course of my life. My two biggest passions must be photography and Behavioral Sciences/Moral Philosophy. As time goes on and our way of life changes I see a growing sense of Nihilism that runs parallel with the Mephistophelian objection to life. I believe only by voluntarily taking on the obstacles of life and realizing the moral obligations we have to our world can we begin to imbue our lives with significance and meaning. I’m Passionate about understanding human behavior and its ethical implications. When it comes to Photography, I honestly can’t explain why I’m so passionate about it. I never thought I would be a photographer, but I know without a doubt that it’s something I love. I think in some relevant sense to not understand why you love something is what it MEANS to love. Its almost as though words are mere utterances, they can never fully describe the experience.
3. What are your goals for the future?
I'm currently working and going to school to be a Stationary Engineer at the hospital I work for which is a near term gaol. My long term goal is to keep going to school for psychology and keep doing photography. I’ve always wanted a family of my own one day as well.
4. What is your definition of success?
My definition of success would run parallel with my idea of what the meaning of life is. I think we have this idea of meaning that is interpersonal and arbitrary. It has to do with our passions, hobbies and what is fulfilling on a personal scale. But I think there is an over arching sense of meaning that is ubiquitous and true for us all. It’s the kind of meaning you can’t create and is revealed to you if only you pay enough attention to life. I think this meaning of life has to do with how you sustain yourself. If you look at the natural trajectory of any person’s life, you will realize that we come into this world as truly helpless creatures and life is deterministic in the beginning. We don’t choose the place we are born, the parents who raise us, or the experiences we will one day have. As a result, life begins to HAPPEN to us whether we like it or not. It’s easy to live an entire lifetime feeling this sense of helplessness. I think the most important point in any person’s life is the day they decide that they will no longer let their circumstances determine what their life will be. The day you decide that you will no longer surrender your sovereignty or your ability to govern yourself is the day you learn what it means to be successful. Learning how to sustain yourself is of paramount importance. It’s a path one MUST take.
5. Tell us about the projects you are currently working on.
I'm currently so slammed between work and school that I don’t have much time for photography. But moving forward I plan on sticking to photos that are outside with more scenic views and wide open backgrounds. There’s something about having a subject in front of a landscape background that gives a photo a more epic look. This is the style I plan on sticking with moving forward.