I am myself when I’m creating.

As a photographer and writer, I am a storyteller at heart. I measure time in shutter speeds and live for the sound of the keys ticking away. I don’t count the hours spent behind a computer screen as life lost, whether I’m editing a photo or composing a paragraph. Even those restless nights spent adjusting margins on a webpage element become satisfying creative victories.

I was once asked in a job interview if I was more passionate about photography or writing. I could not answer it (and did not get the job). I don’t believe a human being is built to do just one thing. As a kid, I started writing stories and shooting home videos at about the same age, and went on to study both filmmaking and writing in college. Nowadays, most of my writing centers on the topic of photography — so I suppose you could say I’m a photographer first.

Either way, I have an incredibly difficult time taking myself seriously, which makes writing this bio intolerable. Hence the accompanying, very much serious photo. (Which was taken with an iPhone, by the way. Like, what am I even doing trying to be a photographer?)

– Daven