Today I have something special for you guys. My best friend, Andrew took a trip to New England last year and brought back some amazing photographs. I wanted to feature a few of them here, as well as his thoughts. Enjoy!
Photographs from Newport, Rhode Island by Andrew Childress
“The last few years have been kind of a whirlwind for me. I finished college just before I turned 22 and about three weeks later, was on a plane for training. I had made my way through college half heartedly, mostly focused on real passions like photography. I slid through my classes and politicked well enough in interviews to land interviews which I turned into internships.
Photography for me had started in force when I was a senior in high school. I was the yearbook editor and picked up my first real camera the in 2008. I wound up shooting most of the key photos in the annual and wound up hooked.
When college started, I was obsessed. I made a lot of friends just by carrying my camera and I quickly realized it was a part of me that I didn’t understand, but I knew I had to have. I found that same path that so many others have, that people start hiring you and the passion dims a bit in the process. No longer free to shoot under your own constraints, your enthusiasm wilts and your passion becomes unrecognizable. I think my best friend Forrest has this whole thing figured out, because he takes enough commercial shoots to subsidize passion projects. That inspires me.
By the time college was coming to a close, I had decided that it was time to Grow Up and take a “Real Job.” When I arrived in the corporate world, I quickly realized what a mistake I had made. I knew I had to get back to shooting, eventually.
I always kept a camera - I just forgot how important it was to keep using it.
Last year, I hit several key milestones in my life. I was beginning to find a good deal of success in my corporate job and had a successful relationship for the first time in my life as well. And these two things culminated in something I hadn’t done in years: take a vacation. I took an amazing trip that went through Newport, Rhode Island. The photos in this post are just a few of my favorites from an evening of shooting.
I’m very honest with myself as a photographer. I know that I’m not meant to be one of the world’s greatest shooters or be published in Nat Geo. My only goal is to show anyone, regardless of what they do by day, that creative work is important. And even more importantly, that creativity has a place in everyone’s life regardless of profession.
The greatest mistake I made was letting the world tell me that I either had to be successful worker in the corporate world, or be a creative. I hope everyone can realize that it’s not an either-or for someone to dictate to you. Creativity is just a way of seeing the world, and not a one track path in life.”