I don't necessarily consider myself a photographer. Mostly because my work leans more towards digital art, so I don't feel like I'm truly worthy of that title. But I do love to travel and explore new cities with my camera. It's a passion I developed early in life and one that will likely stay with me until the end of my days.
I was around 8 years old when I picked up my first camera. Over summer break, my mom took me to visit family in El Salvador. I remember her handing me a camera and some film, and telling me to go have fun with my cousins. I probably took 4 or 5 rolls of film, maybe more. I'm sure it wasn't cheap for her to develop it all, but she always encouraged me to be creative and I'm so grateful for that. She found a few of those photos the other day. They actually aren't half bad. :)
When I picked up a camera again, this time in my 30s, I began with street photography. I had just moved to Charleston, SC and I fell in love with the cobblestone streets and hidden alleyways.
Eventually, photography lost its luster. I ran into an issue with other photographers shooting the same locations I had shot (often after I blogged about it), and just like that, those special little discoveries of mine were no longer special. But, learning to edit those images led me down the path to Photoshop and that's when I decided to focus on photo manipulation. I've always had an overactive imagination and I knew that no one would be able to replicate the images in my head quite like me.
I still love photography though and I always take my camera with me when I travel. I'm lucky to have a best friend who's always up for an adventure and we've seen some pretty amazing places so far. The first time I ever saw the west coast, I thought that would be the most incredible thing I would ever have the good fortune to see. Then we went to Europe. Now I can't imagine not seeing more.
A dear friend encouraged me to share my street scenes, so I scoured through all my images and chose a few favorites from our adventures. I must admit, I'm a little obsessed with doors and graffiti art, but occasionally you'll find a pretty landscape or cityview. This is only the beginning though... there are many more adventures on the horizon.
We promised ourselves that we will visit some place new every year, so there will be many more images to come. This year, we've decided to go to Paris and Amsterdam for my birthday in September. I can't even begin to express my excitement! Click the button below to see the new Travel Fish photo gallery.