Many a time I have walked the pathways, most locals know as ‘The Walks’, in Loughrea. I’ve walked through it countless times, always admiring the towering trees, and the immensely colourful leaves. Albeit, it was scary at times, especially once the sun subsided. But, the minute the sun rises, it becomes golden. The sunlight peaks through the trees, casting dancing shadows around you; gusts of wind blowing through the leaves, as if they were waving to you.
Approximately two years ago, or more, I strolled through The Walks, the only thing on my mind was an appointment I was too early for (as always). So, I took my time, and simply enjoyed the view. A thought suddenly struck me, ‘Take a picture.’ So, I did just that. The instant I captured the scene, something clicked. It felt right. Something was ignited; A spark within me.
After that, I became more passionate about taking photographs, and sharing them with family or friends on Social Media. At the time, I only took pictures on my phone. The images were still beautiful, just not as high quality as they are now. So, I knew I wanted to do this. But I had to do it right. In the next following months, I had gotten a camera, and I absolutely fell in love. And then just last year, I purchased my first professional camera. Photography has been my go to, whenever I have been down. If I didn’t venture outside with my camera, if I wasn’t feeling up to it, I would just scroll through Photography Pages on social media, and simply admire them, wanting to be like them someday.
And here I am now, further than I ever though I’d be. (I photographed this tree on one of my Nature walks, only a few days ago. It stood tall and proud. The fairy doors attached to it, made it all the more beautiful. ) I know I still have a lot to do, but I’m getting there. Photography is so special and magical to me now, I know it’s my dream, and I completely intend to make it come true. Yes, my dream scares the absolute crap out of me, but I figure, if it doesn’t scare you, it’s not for you. If you want it so much, yet you’re terrified, that’s a good thing. It means you’re apprehensive, afraid that you’ll take the wrong step, because you want to do it right, you want to succeed. Success is possible; Dreams can come true. Never had I thought, when I was attending school, that I wanted to be a photographer. I always though I wanted to be an Actor (which in ways I still do), but this excites me so much more. It has restored my faith in the world, no matter how bleak and dull it can be. I want to capture the beauty in this world, and ensure that life can be beautiful, even in the darkest of times. All that matters, is you believe in your dream, and most importantly, you believe in yourself. If you don’t, then who will?
‘It starts with a dream. Add faith, and it becomes belief. Add action, and it becomes a part of life. Add perseverance, and it becomes a goal in sight. Add patience and time, and it ends with a Dream Come True..’