James David Phenicie
Photography has always been a great part of my life – as a young boy in Indiana with a Brownie camera, I dreamed of becoming a photographer.
I was drawn to the visual arts growing up. I was inspired by watching my father apply his artistic skills to his paintings, drawings and sculptures. But for me it was the art of photography that captured my imagination. Oh sure, I had youthful fantasies of being a policeman, or fireman but I also wanted to be a photographer. My father encouraged my dream by clearing a small space in his work shop for a dark room. But I longed to travel the world to photograph images like I saw in Life, Look, and The National Geographic.
I once read the following quote: “Great dancers aren’t great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion.” My profound passion for photography has led me to pursue my life-long dream of being a photographer. I love the liberty of wedding photography, the quietness of architectural photography, the creativity of fine art, the problem-solving of commercial and product imagery, and any thing else which provides a challenge. What talent I have I credit it to "talent on loan from God."
Follow your dreams with passion. In the end, it makes life a bit more rewarding.