Chapter 2 - Fotógrafo / by William Bennett

Well, I thought that my fiery attraction to Spain would burn out after a couple weeks but it hasn’t.  I think about Spain everyday.  I miss being there.  The one thing that I think I miss the most is the people and their sense of compassion towards life.  This experience has really changed the way I think and the way I see.  Traveling and experiencing new cultures helps to satisfy ones need to “check in” and see where you are, and reexamine what you have (or have not) been doing.  It’s a life performance test that should be required by law.  Then “check out” and get out of your comfort zone.  This is especially important as a photographer.  I have been looking over the photographs that I took in Spain and I realize how much I love to travel.  It has also made me realize how much I have changed in such a short period of time.  I know this because I look at the photographs I took and I can see how different my approach was.  I took photographs that I just would not have even tried before.  I have to give myself some credit but most of it needs to go to Tim Clinch.  He understood why I was there and was able to guide me in a direction that was completely outside of what I would consider my comfort zone.  Having someone in your life that has the same passion is important.  We all need someone that you can brainstorm with and just expel all of those thoughts and ideas that get stuck in your head.  People need people that love the same thing.  Tim helped me remember that I love photography and that I love being a photographer…. Another thing I realized is it sure would be nice to wake up every morning and feed the pigs, gather eggs, and pick fresh herbs…  More to come