Most kids grow up wanting to be an astronaut or a firefighter, but I guess I’m not like most kids. When I was young I always dreamed of being a photographer for National Geographic. I remember thinking how lucky photographers were to have a job that allowed them to travel the globe and visit the most beautiful places on Earth. The stunning images I would flip through sparked my curiosity, captured my imagination and gave me a deep respect for the beauty of nature.
It was this respect and sense of wonder that attracted me to science. I fell in love with biology, evolution in particular, because I saw it as the perfect example of nature at work. How chemicals could come together to form DNA and how random mutations in genes over time could lead to such diverse forms of life, each occupying a special niche in the ecosystem, was fascinating to me. This led me to the field of wildlife biology, but my interests are not limited to questions about population genetics and ecosystem dynamics. I want to learn about everything, from how the universe began to what makes up an atom, from astronomy to theoretical physics and general relativity. I consider myself a scientist at heart, because I have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, and a desire to see the universe the way it is, not the way I want it to be.
There are many parallels between being a good scientist and a good photographer. Both require a sense of curiosity and wonder of the world. Without them, you will never be able to ask the right questions, to go out and explore places you’ve never been, or see things in a different way from others before you. But most importantly, you must not be afraid to fail. When you conduct experiments, failure is inevitable. What’s important is that you learn from these failures, re-think your hypothesis, re-design your test, and try again. Failure is what drives science. The same goes for photography. Not every picture is going to turn out the way you want and not every new technique you learn will work the first time you try it. The key is to keep trying, learning, and adjusting until you get it right.
These days I work as a chemical analyst in an environmental lab. Not exactly living up to the dreams I had as a kid, but I still have my passion for photography. I take my Cannon with me everywhere I go, always taking pictures of things I find interesting and then doing nothing with them, until now that is. I started this blog as a way to share my pictures with others, and to force myself to go out and practice more. Who knows, maybe one day my dream will come true! Until then I will be posting some of my favorite pictures and dive into what each of them means to me. I believe every picture should tell a story, and these are my stories in 18 million pixels.
I hope you enjoy them,