Putting Myself Fully Into It
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Sometime last year, I read an interview with photographer Mikael Kennedy. One thing he said really struck me, and I wrote it down because I didn’t want to forget it.
“I can say this though, there was a moment, sometime in 2002 or 2003 when I was sitting by the sea, up on an island off the coast of New Hampshire when I realized I could make my life into anything I wanted, that I could choose my reality. That was when I put myself fully into this, that I decided to just go and see what happened, nothing else mattered.”
[Link to the full interview is here]
These words really resonated with me. At one point last year, I had a similar moment (although I think it struck me when I was in the shower, where I seem to hatch most of my ideas). I finally realized that I needed to make a change in my life and in my career. It was time, as Mikael says, to “put myself fully into this.”
So just after the new year, I gave my notice and resigned from my job, and Friday was my last day at the office. It was a very good day.
I’m going to pursue photography full-time this year and see where it leads me. I have a lot of ideas and projects I’ve wanted to work on, but my job kept me from doing a lot of it. I’m very, very excited to be able to devote my time to something I love.
I’ll have more to share in the coming weeks. I’m going to take a few weeks to myself to regroup, get settled, unpack my boxes from London, get organized. (Right now, I’m just enjoying a Monday morning without waking up and rushing to the office in time for a 9am meeting. It’s pretty damn amazing.)
In the meantime, the good news is that I’m now looking for commissions, projects and collaborations – and I would love to hear from you if you have something in mind. Drop me a note at brianwferry [at] gmail [dot] com.
Please do share my info with friends and colleagues, too. I’ve been amazed by the support of this community in the past, and I appreciate your continued support as I move forward into a new chapter.
I will say this: I can’t wait for what’s ahead.