How it all started

Posted in Journal Entries by Mandy Joy Poole on 24/06/2010

This is an early post today, I got inspired while I was looking through my archive of photos. I do that from time to time. These next 3 photos are a few of my absolute favorites (that I’ve taken personally). But there’s something I want to tell you first.

I started taking photographs digitally for the first time in 2004 when I went to work as a Youth Coordinator. I had just gotten out of high school and was ready to take on the world, unfortunately, that wasn’t really the case. I had enrolled in the Visual Arts program at Bay St. George campus in Stephenville (ironically enough, that’s where I’m heading now!).

So I went to S’ville, checked out the place where I was to live, and the school,  got cold feet and came back home within the week. I struggled with depression for most of the fall, feeling like a complete failure until I had the opportunity to work at the local youth center. It was not what I had pictured my life to be, but it was money, and I needed that in order to live there.

I purchased my first camera, a Kodak EasyShare CX6445 because of that job, and I can’t really say that I regret any of it because of where I am in my life today. No doubt looking back now, all the tough times I experienced as a teenager shaped how I ended up (not too bad, if I do say so myself). Being creative throughout my childhood and into adult hood drove me to the career choice I’m venturing into, and this time, it finally feels right.

Without further a due, here are 3 of my favorites.

As a teen I never really fit in (or wanted to!) with the ‘in crowd’ so I spent all my time at the beach just down from my house.

This was taken one night some time ago when I had ventured to the beach with Kimo, I stood in the center of the graveyard to get this shot.

In my opinion, summertime is always a time for leisure and fun, and boy did Joder and I ever have fun when we were .. “not so concerned with what others thought” – type age.

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  1. sednaphotography said, on 24/06/2010 at 9:57 PM

    Mandy, I particularly like the shoe shot, I think it’s wicked. And thanks for throwing us on your blog roll, I’ll be sure to return the fav. 🙂

  2. travellinginfinity said, on 25/06/2010 at 11:26 PM

    Thanks! and no problem! 🙂

  3. Candi said, on 09/07/2010 at 10:05 PM

    I love the water shot. I wish it was me. I can’t swim. I love just standing in the water hoping and praying I’ll grow gills. No such luck. But I’ll keep trying..
    The sneaker photo and write up made me sigh. I spent the first 30 years of my life in the beach by my house trying to figure everything out. I’m not able to go to the beach becvause we have moved and I realized that I didn’t need to figure anything out, I was where I wanted and needed to be.

  4. travellinginfinity said, on 10/07/2010 at 10:55 AM

    “I’m not able to go to the beach because we have moved and I realized that I didn’t need to figure anything out, I was where I wanted and needed to be.”

    I know how you feel.. that’s where I am now.

    Thanks for checking out my blog 🙂 Come back often..


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