|Bird of Paradise by Jason Greiner|
I’ve always had a number of artistic interests. But sometime around 12 years ago or so, I really began to develop an affinity for photography.
I was about 20 years old when I began to take this medium seriously. Before that time, like nearly everybody else out there, I had really only dealt with snapshots. And these snapshot where generally taken with either a film-based point and shoot camera, something of the old instant photo variety or one of those ultra convenient disposable jobs. It was at this point that I was given the gift of my first real digital camera.
But at this time, for some reason I began to really start to think about my legacy and the precious element of time. I found that the art of photography gave me the ability to achieve something so simple yet at the same time so profound. This was the ability to freeze a single moment in time, to capture it and hold onto it for all of eternity.
So, as my passion grew, I studied the craft. I did so by reading vigorously and seeking to learn from the experience and guidance or local professionals and long-time photography enthusiasts. I experimented with different techniques and was always in search of new subject matter on which to focus.
I wanted to make my passion my career. But at the same time, I knew that I couldn’t just abandon my day job as an office assistant at a local university. I couldn’t just risk everything for an unknown future. So, I decided to found a side business which would allow me to work with my photography on a by appointment only basis. This was one way to assure that it would no interfere with my main job and other responsibilities.
Since that day in mid-2007, I’ve had a wonderful ride. The opportunities to shoot photographs in some beautiful locations, of fascinating scenes and of some really amazing people has been a truly enriching experience.
Now, I can only hope and wish that others will have the chance to enjoy working with photography as much as I have.
Jason Greiner is a photographer and literary artist from Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from college in 2002 with a BA in journalism and mass communications with a minor in English literature. In 2007, he founded the Three Rivers Creative Arts company based in the Mount Washington neighborhood of the city.