Twelve years ago my fingers where busy dialing numbers to find out more about this career idea I had.
I was desperately seeking the scoop on photojournalism.
I called the Spokesman-Review (my hometown paper), The Seattle Times, The New York Times, The LA Times…. and then finally the Miami Herald.
I peppered the photographers I spoke with questions about their chosen life path.
“What are the work hours… types of stories… do you have beats… and on and on.”
All of the photographers I spoke with were kind and cordial, but most just answered my questions.
The photojournalist at the Miami Herald was different, he asked questions.
One of them stayed with me long after I had decided to give up law and be come a photojournalist.
“Are you a journalist or a artist first?”
He had told me there wasn’t a correct answer, that over the years my career and heart would tell me which came first for me.
It didn’t take too long before I thought I knew the answer, I loved capturing moments and telling stories. The light and the shapes came second to the magic in the faces.
But I was still at war the thought that I couldn’t be both an artist and a journalist.
Fast-forward ten years and the answer is as clear as the photojournalist said it would be so many years ago.
I am a journalist first and foremost.
I crave the story. I love asking questions, getting the subject to open up to me, letting me know their deepest and darkest secrets.
The adrenaline pumping through your veins when you know you have the scoop, that you have the story no one else has.
The story that sneaks into your heart and makes you a better person, as well as a better journalist.
My ears are still open for the scoop, my mind still searching for the angle.
It has become clear to me in the past few weeks that had it not been for my knack with the camera I would have eventually found my way into a newspaper setting as a reporter.
It is who I am, what makes me tick, and keeps me going.
Keeps me working to tell stories, find the truth, give a voice to the voiceless.
Perhaps I will rejoin my newspaper brethren as a platypus (mobile journalist who can shoot photos and video as well as reporting the story.
Or continue doing journalist through my new media outlets The Oregon State Trooper Magazine, Trooper News, CycleBuy.com/Blog etc.
Time is really the only one with the answer, so I will just sit back and enjoy the next fews years .