Halifax: A New Home

Some thoughts about "The Big Move"

Currently, I live in Fredericton, New Brunswick.  It’s a nice enough place and my wife and I have made a lot of good friends there, but now that I’ve finished my university career it’s time to make a fresh start. 

I’m the kind of person that desires a constant level of challenge.  I get bored otherwise, then fall into a rut and never really feel good about myself.  If I’m not flying by the seat of my pants and accomplishing some big new task each day, I don’t really feel all that validated when I get ready for bed.  Truth be told, it doesn’t even have to be a big task, just anything that helps me better myself or improve someone else’s life.

I’m honestly a little afraid of Halifax.  Not because it’s big, different or far away, but because I don’t know that many people.  I’ve got to start fresh, meeting so many people I’ve never met with the intention of making connections, friends and acquaintances the same as I did in Fredericton.  To top it off, there are more people here, more photographers, and thus more competition. 

But that’s a good thing right?  Well, the problem is that seeing another photographer in the street puts me on edge: am I getting shots as good as he/she is getting?  Did they see me take that last photo and think “what a crappy angle...jeez”? Will they approach me and ask about my work and whether I’ve been doing this a long time? 

Ugh, I feel a little ashamed to admit that I’m afraid of other photographers.  Maybe afraid is the wrong word. I’m just intimidated by the fact that they may have more experience than I do, more education or more talent.  This is the kicker though: at the end of the day I realize how silly this is and just keep going out and creating images that make me happy. 

Which is of course what I plan to do when I get to Halifax.  I want to continue to be inspired by other photographers, and meet some of them as well.  I should organize photo-walks, and learn tricks from these experienced shooters that I’d wish I knew years ago. Maybe I have some that they’d like to learn as well. 

 I need to get over my fears and just create images that I like, and not worry about anything else. At the end of the day, nothing really matters but whether or not I’m happy with my images and what they mean to me.  

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Downtown Halifax offers countless opportunities for photos, including this one.  I think I'll be happy there, and I hope to make a lot of new friends.