Just over 4 years ago, my parents gifted me with a digital SLR camera. It’s nothing flash, in fact it’s still classified as the perfect camera for “beginners”. This camera was my pride and joy all through year twelve in which I used it to complete my VCE and as of yesterday, I graduated from Swinburne University of Technology with an Associate Degree in Graphic Design. So you could say I’m a “creative” person – just one that can’t draw to save ones life!
Back in 2012, I began attempting to take sports photos of my brothers basketball games. They weren’t fabulous and neither was my camera. In August of 2012, I got so sick and tired of having to constantly add my brothers team mates on Facebook in order for them to get my photos that I created a Facebook page.
As my brothers excelled in their sporting careers, so did my photography. I gained more and more followers with every post and you could say I used my brothers but they’ve done nothing but accept the idea that I am in actual fact, documenting their achievements.
Over the past six months, one of my brothers was selected to play for the state basketball team for his age group. Slowly, as the both the parents and payers learnt, I became the unofficial team photographer. Over the past seven short days, I have been contacted by multiple people who have come to love my photographs and this is nothing but a major compliment. I’ve even had players tell me that I’m better than the tournaments official photographers.
So I do – very much – owe a big thank you to my youngest brother, Joshua. Thank you for allowing me to follow your journey and develop my hobby. Thank you for your help in promoting and establishing my talent. Thank you for putting my camera on charge when you get home from school on a Friday afternoon and thank you for showing some sort of spontaneous interest in what I do.