Ever since I got my first plastic 35mm camera when I was 9, I knew I was meant to be a photographer. I was that obnoxious little kid running around asking everyone if I could take their picture. There was something magic about the translation from the real world to film that captivated me. There was something magic about saving a moment forever. And there was something magic about how putting real world things into my tiny little rectangle just the way I wanted made me feel so relieved. I have since upgraded my equipment and channeled my obnoxiousness into a balance of efficiency and passion. Photography allows me to put myself in any place and feel like I am part of something bigger. It has become a part of my identity; it helps me explain who I am.