How I Became a Photographer


How I became a Photographer

The journey of how I became a photographer started even before I was born. Now when most people say this, it's a hyperbole, but in my case, it just seems fitting. My real father was photographer, and was a bit of a deal when it came to metadata. His name was David Riecks. For more information on him, you can check the Library of Congress. Now my mother and him, never worked out, but being a photographer became something that was put into my blood. I never grew up knowing him. Instead I was raised by a wonderful supporting mother and step-father who in essence I look as my actual father. Thank you to both of you for that.

As I grew up though, I was entranced by photography, and different photographers. The names Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Robert Capa influenced me, and when I got my first camera I tried my best to imitate them. Their work in photojournalism, and street photography influenced me enough to go to college for it. I eventually did go to college, at Western Kentucky University to learn under the likes of Tim Broekema, and Jeanie Adams-Smith. Both who concidentally worked in Chicago where I currently now reside. Go figure. During those years I attended the Mountain Workshop, and interned at the Chronicle picking up more story, and journalism skills.

After college I padded around as a freelancer learning on hand street photography, and learned, and interned under a few local wedding photographers. It's been a long journey, but how I became a photographer is from love. I encourage anyone, for whatever field you you're interested in, just go for it. It's a tough ride; it's tiring, and it's definitely not an instant gratification, but if you really love it, just hold on. For if it's love, it's worth every inch you go.

Now you know how, but why did I become a photographer. Really the reason is more of an idea list reason more than anything. I wanted to help change the world for the better. I learned from the likes of Nick Ut, Kevin Carter, and Jeff Widener that just one photograph can have a profound effect on a nation, or even history. Nick Ut for example changed the landscape of discussion on the Vietnam War. I wanted to do that. I wanted help make a better world. I thought to myself, if there was a way if I could leave a fingerprint on history, that's how I would do it.

More than that, there are a moment in time forever caught, Frozen in time. Beyond my hard times, I still people, or at humanity as a whole, despite the horrible things we have done. That is why.

It's simple, but in all reality, it's in my blood, and I. The end I really didn't need a reason. It's just who I am.