Greengate is the name of a street I lived on for several years. I like the two words in that name--green is my favorite color, and gates have some nice symbolism attached. There are some other reasons why I ended up with the name, but I'll spare you. Just trust me that I know it's not perfect, but choosing a name was a long and difficult process, and I'm very glad to be done. I'm satisfied, and that's what matters. (Yes, it's all about me.)
Various circumstances have me all reflecty about photography and how it's become more prominent in my life over the past eight years. In my mind, I have snapshots (no pun intended) of moments that I feel contributed to where I am now. One can be represented with an actual photo:
This man was the State Librarian and was associated with my then-employer. It happened that I knew the most about our new office camera and had been asked to take some of the photos we needed for a brochure I was designing. One was a portrait of this man, so I met him in his office one day and took a bunch of horrid photos (technically speaking), but got this lucky shot that turned out decently. He was so pleased with it that he wanted to use it for some other purposes, and I even got paid by a publisher who used it once. (Heck yes I took a photo of that check before depositing it!)
He didn't know me but, because of this photo, he was very supportive and encouraging. I think he's just that kind of guy anyway, but it still meant something to me. He kept insisting I should pursue photography, and that he could be a reference for me if necessary.
That's one of the many situations where I feel I did nothing special, but was blessed by God through others, and given a bit of momentum to move forward. I may talk about some other snapshots in the future, mostly because I think it's a good reminder to me of how God paves a way in areas where he has assigned our passion and interest.
*Which is subject to change--I just quickly came up with that for those photos.