As far back as I can remember I have been in love with taking pictures, capturing moments, collecting scenes of beauty I could look at again and again. My mother was a designer and had a vast eclectic group of artistic friends from around the world, and so our home was always full of interesting people, parties, flowers and food.
I was blessed that I had the chance to travel a bit of the world when I was young. We lived for brief times in Singapore, London and Italy. In high school I travelled Europe with my friends, and as an adult I have taken every opportunity possible to add more stamps in my passport, I truly am addicted to travel, and every trip I have taken from the time I was 10, I brought my camera.
I remember my first camera, a Kodak Disc, and the thrill I got when my parents would bring my developed photos home for me. In high school my camera equipment improved slightly and I learned to art of developing myself. I have boxes and boxes of photos from those years, I was always the one with a camera in my hand immortalizing everything from churches in Rome, to parties at the fraternity house. I can honestly say a very large portion of my life with all of my loved ones is captured on film.
These days those boxes have turned into hard drives full of digital files, which admittedly is easier to travel with. Developing is done on my computer, my portfolio shown on an iPad and if I don't have my Canon in hand, my iPhone is being used daily. I just can't stop taking pictures, have been doing so for over 30 years and yet I feel as if I am just beginning. There is so much more I want to see, experience, capture and share, more then I will probably be able to fit into the remainder of my time on this magnificent planet. But I am going to try.
It has been several decades since I was handed my first camera. Through the course of many different careers with epic life twists and turns, my passion for photography has never waned, and so I keep shooting, keep learning and keep exploring.
~Amanda Nicole Dugan