Beginnings / by Dave Pavlina

I recently photographed with my friend Torie for the first time and she was awesome to work with. As you'll see in the images she's great in front of a camera, but also super willing to help me transport, set up, and take down diffusion screens, stands, tripods, etc. And all in the Florida heat, so yeah she rocks. It seemed fitting to share my first shoot with someone new on my first blog post, but wanted to give some background about my photography, in case anyone is actually interested.

In 2004 when I started photographing, Facebook had just launched in February and Tumblr didn't come around for another 3 years. Posting, sharing, and viewing images on the internet was mostly done on MySpace (when was the last time you thought about MySpace...?). And even though there was a platform for it, the masses didn't have easy access to what I feel is now capable with almost any electronic, taking a picture with a camera capable of making all the decisions for you and producing an instant, crisp image made with a 12 megapixel sensor. Of course you can then upload that image to one of a number of social media sites with a few taps, amazingly with the same device. I'm not saying this shouldn't be done, as I happily use my iPhone camera and apps at times just like everyone else, but I feel fortunate to have started photographing during a time when the majority of photographs were created for the beauty of the image to be viewed, rather than for photographers themselves to be seen. And I'm not suggesting photography now is or should be made for one purpose, everyone uses and enjoys photography for different reasons, its versatility being one of the best things about it.

When I was younger I didn't particularly care for the town I grew up in, but a camera allowed me to see something where I originally saw nothing. The last photograph in this set is the first frame from my first roll of film I shot with my first camera when I was 14. It's a reminder I'm still doing what I originally was, not using photography solely to show what can be created, but what's possible of being found with a slight sense of discovery and appreciation for the present moment.

I'm glad my process hasn't varied much from the beginning. To me, there's something special about being nowhere with good people, together discovering somewhere. I hope you feel some sense of discovery with these images and others I've made, and that you come back from time to time to see what else I've been working on. As always, if you enjoy feel free to share.