A new beginning

It is with excitement, and with a natural amount of trepidation, that I begin this new adventure in photography. Not that photography is something new to me, but it is an art I have neglected for the past few years. The fear of putting myself out there, coupled with the anxiety of losing the comfort of a steady (but alas not very creative) 9 to 5 job was perfectly rational, but it was nonetheless an excuse that kept me from doing something I love. Even in these years I would still occasionally go back behind my camera, which has consistently been my happy place, but I have so far been reluctant to do more, as doing more would have required exposing myself and my work.

Sure, I have had a few exhibitions in the past, and won a few awards at local art contests, but despite the promising feedback I have received, I was still unwilling to really reveal myself. It was not humbleness, it was my ego that was dreading rejection and criticism. I aspired to be called an artist, but feared being proven wrong.

Finally, I have decided to ignore my apprehensions and publish my work online, at last feeling secure in the knowledge that this is what I want to be doing. The youthful arrogant claim to art has given space to the humble understanding that to be a photographer, all I had to do was take the photos I want to take and constantly work at it. That is what I want to be doing. The rest may or may not come, but as long as my work brings me satisfaction, it is good enough for me.

To you, the critic of my work, I thank you for your time, and hope you will appreciate what glimpses of the world I manage to capture.

Luca Dessardo