Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
Oh what to put in here... I could give you my life story, but then I would bore you at how much I am into my Criminal Justice Associates and such, and how I work at Microsoft. Instead, I will keep with the basics: Who am I, where I started in photography, and where I plan to go.
My name is Amanda Bonney, I am a 26 year old photographer at the student level (actually it should be hobby now), and I first started photography when my dad was into it so much, and since then I have been a fan.
I do DSLR, and recently, I have begun to do film with my Olympus 10. Because of the weather I have not gotten out with it much and that needs to change some. When it's not raining so much, I will be getting out more. Anyway, my father started doing film when I was about five or so, and I would watch him mostly until I turned 16, when I took photography classes. That didn't last long.
After a few years, I got my own camera and did my own photography. I looked at sample photos, works other people did, and videos to tune in my own photography and about ten years later, this is where my photography has landed.
Where do I wish to go... hmmm good question!
I have often thought about how I wish to start a sort of side job with my photography, even though I know that there isn't much demand unless you go into portrait photography, or that it doesn't pay to sustain. To me it's not about the money more or less, but the enjoyment one gets out of photography. To me, I wish to travel and show the world and show the world what I see in terms of my own vision, and how I see the world, and how my camera sees the world.
To me, my camera speaks through me and I simply listen. I allow it to control my hands and movements, and guide me to that perfect picture. Obviously it is still a work in progress as my pictures don't exactly reflect that kinetic relationship, but it has made some major progress compared to several years ago.
My ultimate goal would be to move people by my pictures and to help them see their world a little better, but that might be dreaming too big. Who knows; it might come true some day.
Now that whole "my camera controls me" thing? It's just a phrase. It's not true that I believe it controls me (I have had to clarify lately), but it's like my camera is a part of my sight and such, and that I do have a sort of relationship with it. In a sense, it helps me to see things I normally would not go seeing if I didn't have my camera, and it helps me to appreciate what I capture that much more. You may find it weird, and that's okay. Don't knock it until you try it is all I have to say.
So please feel free to take a look at my growing and constantly improving collection, favorite or critique a few, and simply enjoy!