Creating a "portfolio" about 'me as the creator' is something I haven't wanted to do for some time now, but it's necessary given our brave, not so new, world of side hustles and shameless self promotion across the internet. I expect this process will take some time to get used to, but I will do my best to share the good, the bad, and the grainy.
I have a love-hate relationship when it comes to talking about myself. I mean, while most won't admit it, there aren't many people out there who don't enjoy talking about themselves. I don't mind talking about myself. Writing about myself is another story. Writing is more reflective and more permanent. It doesn't stammer. It's easier to judge. It doesn't miscommunicate as easily as talking, but it can be misinterpreted without a chance for clarification, or explanation. Writing is easier to discipline. However, writing can wander easily without the awareness of a glazed look of a lost listener, or a well-meaning friend that's starting to nod off. That's especially true of my self-reflective writing now currently preoccupied with avoiding what I should do here: write about myself - or at least why I started this journey.
I began pursuing a career in photo-media in 2008, when my aunt and uncle took me to see the Sandhill Crane Migration for the first time. In love with everything to do with the outdoors, I already fantasized about being a photomedia journalist, or capturing footage for BBC's Planet Earth. However, I had (and still have) no idea how break into that career. When I saw the spectacle of the cranes for the first time, I knew I wanted to tell their story.
I believed a 'film degree' was a start and I loved the university, so I decided to pursue a postgraduate degree in media. I chose Australia's University of Sydney largely because I wanted an international academic experience in an allied nation, and I knew Sydney offered a doctorate degree that blended theoretical, creative and technical application throughout the dissertation process. At some point, I hope to use this knowledge to teach university, but right now I'm using what I've learned abroad to give back to home and country, help rural organizations visually brand their work, and tell the stories of the wild in our world today, starting with the Sandhill Crane migration and this website.
I hope this is enough 'self-talking.' Quite honestly, it's probably too much.