My name is Eli Just. I’m 24 and work as a gaffer for film and TV in Los Angeles. Photography as a hobby grew for me out of a desire to become a better filmmaker, but quickly took on its own role. While my job as a gaffer mostly consists of setting lights in the right place to make the image look good, photography has me searching for the light that is already there.
Hello! My name is Michael Lord and I’m an IT professional living in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Where did you meet photography or where did photography meet you? The first camera I purchased was a Nikon D70S. What I find funny about this purchase today is that the entire time I owned the D70S, it was never used as anything more than a point-and-shoot camera. I (mis)used the D70S for 2 years, and when the iPhone was released in 2007, I completely dropped it. Fast-forward to late 2011 and that’s when I truly feel my love affair with photography began. I was doing a lot of work related travel around the state and started visiting parts of New Mexico that I’d never seen before. I began taking notice of even the smallest of details in the towns I visited, or the landscapes that played on car windows as I drove down the interstate. Basically, I saw the world in a different light and felt the need to document it. I invested in a Leica X1 and a hobby was born.
Where did you meet photography or where did photography meet you? I think it’s when I had my part time job at college, the workplace was a very beautiful little garden, people came to have a couple of cups of coffee and many photographers liked to do photo shoots there. I was attracted to the magical sound of the camera shutter so I got my first Nikon FM2.
What did you want to become in your childhood and are you that person today? I wanted to become a stuntman when I was really little, then an archaeologist when I was around 10 or 12, followed by working in advertising when I was a teenager and finally a psychologist before I finished school. In a way, being a photographer incorporates aspects of all of these jobs.
Where did you meet photography or where did photography meet you? Photography started as a creative outlet for me about 8 years ago. I didn’t plan to become a professional photographer but looking back today I wish I would have found and pursued this path earlier in my life. I feel that photography is what I am meant to do.
What did you want to become in your childhood and are you that person today? I wanted to be a taxi driver. And a bartender. And a mechanic. Pretty much your standard 80′s kid growing up with mom playing Springsteen all day long.
Where did you meet photography or where did photography meet you? 3 words: uncle, Nikon, film. I still have the camera should he ask.
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