by Austin MacKay
Elevation: 4,600 ft
Everyone has that urge to travel, adventure, and explore the world. You don’t need to be a photographer in order to go out and take pictures; you just need to go. In late November of 2015, that’s what I did. I handed in my most recent assignment in school, packed my bags, filled up my car, and woke up at 5am the next morning with Alberta in mind. I didn’t know where I wanted to go but I knew I had a week to do it.
Being able to explore new places on your own is truly something in itself. I learned a lot about myself on the trip and at the same time, saw a lot of amazing places.
I told myself that once a day I was going to try and do something that scares me. Why? Because greatness never came comfort zones. When I was finally on the road to Alberta, I got scared when I realized I had no clue what I was doing or where I was going. But I kept moving because it’s taken me too long to realize that life is too short to be afraid of the small things. I overcame a lot of comfort zones on my trip and I regret none of them. That’s the thing with photos, people are so scared that their photos aren’t good enough to share with others but it’s not true. If you’re taking the time to create a photo and you appreciate your image, then that’s all that matters. It doesn’t matter what camera or lens you use, what matters is that you like the photo, and the more chances you give yourself to take photos, the more comfortable you’ll feel with sharing them with others.
Take chances, be adventurous, and capture the moment. Because a photograph is the closest thing we have to stopping time, and as a photographer, that might be the greatest power of all.
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