I assume it's safe to write a blog post about the fact that I've been taking photos for ten years? I think that's a big deal. Doing something, consistently, for a decade seems to be something to celebrate.
How did I get started?
During the course of my undergraduate degree at Carleton University (2003-2007), I joined the Carleton Film Society. I knew that I had a love for cinema and independent film. This was my real introduction to film, to real movies, to indie flicks, and to foreign cinematic dramas. It all started with Donnie Darko, a complete mis-understanding to 2001: A Space Odyssey, and broken-up sit ins to French New Wave representations. It was rocky, but developed into a real passion. Heck, I even threw myself into filmmaking for a couple of years at the Independent Filmmakers Coop of Ottawa (IFCO).
However, it's photography that I fell in love with. I did what all other photographers at 23 years old do in Ottawa, get a job at a local camera retail store. I joined Henry's in 2008 (and worked with them up until 2016 - which is what landed me in St. John's, Newfoundland). Henry's, through co-workers, customers, and my introduction to DPReview.com, was my photography school. I learned so much through each one of those avenues.
My favourite thing to do in the world is to jump into the car, drive to a location (sometime with an unknown destination), and take a photo (or several) of my favourite scenes that Newfoundland has to offer. The majority of the time it's the scenery (specifically the ocean) that captures my attention, but sometimes I aim my camera at old/abandoned structures plotted across the island, or icebergs, or whales, and rarely, people. I am so grateful for being able to do this from time to time.
This year, on my 33rd year on this planet, marks my tenth year of taking photos.
I only started to post photos publicly in 2010, and it all started on Tumblr, so please visit my photo-blog, lafrenieremarc.tumblr.com, if you'd like to discover what I've been shooting since then.