You know how Facebook reminds you of memories 1-infinity years ago? Today I was reminded of my love for exploration that I seem to have forgotten, along with my passion for photographing candid moments and statements; whatever they may be.
In honor of SXSW, here’s a link to my album from attending 2 years ago at the ripe, innocent age of 23.
(pro tip: click the Facebook logo in the right corner to open the entire album)
Have you ever wondered what lies behind the mirrored glass of Floppy Disk Repair Co. in Austin, Texas? This secret society of cocktail proportions aims to remain accessible solely to locals and those in the service industry, but there’s more to tell than just that.
I broke down everything there is to know about this Austin speakeasy and then some.
Welcome to the millennial state of mind. What’s that mean? Well, it’s the mindset we —the millennials—give ourselves in order to get the job done. To grind it out. To work tirelessly towards what we want, no matter who says we can’t make it, or who says we don’t fit the mold.
It’s getting to the third round of interviews for a dream job and hearing you’re not right for the part, and then you keep trying anyway. You keep grinding at it. You keep going. You don’t stop for anyone, not even yourself, and you refuse to let a negative remark or response deter you from your goals. Sure, maybe you didn’t accomplish something you set out to, but it doesn’t mean you failed.
Why should you listen to me or anything I have to say? Because I’m like you. I’m one of you. I live within a millennial state of mind, and I have had my dreams (or what I thought were my dreams) crushed before my eyes after putting it all on the table. I wanted to quit. I wanted to give up, throw in the towel, and just stop trying. Stop grinding. Stop going after what I want, whatever that may be today. It’s tough when you put everything into something and feel that passion; that fire for what you’ve been striving to achieve only to be told no, you’re too good; you’re not good enough. You have too little experience; you have too much experience. It’s a double-edged sword and it feels like you can’t win, that you’re forever on the losing side of the spectrum.
From one millennial to another, you’ve got this. I doubted myself, but didn’t let it fully take over my reality. The second you say you can’t, you start to believe it. Little by little, it takes over your mentality and all you’ll hear yourself talk about is all of the things you can’t do. See—your brain; your mind. . . they’re powerful. You have everything you need. You have all the confidence and ability in the world. ‘Can’t’ is powerful. But guess what? so is can, and you can do anything you say you can. Why? Because you should. Because you can. Because you will. Because you’re a millennial and if nothing else, regardless of what everyone may think, we know what it takes to be crafty and get what we strive for.
No but really…The sun nearly killed this shoot for me, and if it had been about 6 months ago, I would’ve had no idea how to maneuver around this roadblock of disappointment and shattered dreams that some people like to call, “the sun”. However, being the highly adaptive (and too internet savvy) person that I am, I’ve vaguely figured out the various settings to toggle with and am now aware that different lenses require different settings because…light.
Anyways, I’m grateful to be given the opportunity to do what I love (aka see live music) and combine it with my passion for photographing live events and people as they are.
Most recently I was given the opportunity to shoot Migrant Kids at a new live music series put on monthly by Shake Shack. Even though that tricky Son of a…sun…made it’s (unrelenting) debut, I think the results were admirable.
Check the pho-tos out here, and check out Migrant Kids here (es fo’ free!).
If you’re interested in getting your head rocked by some dope live music and even doper milkshakes, head on out to Shake Shack @ The Domain on October 4th for the last show of the season!