Here’s the Deal

Hello, I’m Josh (credit: Jordan, my wife)

I was born in Salem, Virginia in 1986. I grew up in a small town in the foothills of North Carolina. I moved to Raleigh for college in the mid-2000’s and never left. I like it here.

Until 2014, I’d only travelled as far as a car would take me (a family vacation to Orlando, work trips to Rhode Island and Milwaukee — never anywhere further from home than that). But, last year, I boarded a plan for the first time. Then a second time. Then a third. First to Atlanta with my wife, then to Indianapolis for work, then to San Francisco.

Dawn, Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, NC

Growing up around the Appalachians, I felt like I knew mountains. I love the mountains and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. North Carolina is a beautiful place. But, a small taste of the California country side made me feel that I was missing something. Napa, Sonoma, the Sierras. It was hard for me not just stare in awe that this was just the everyday country side that people drove by on their way home. It was so different — strange and alien — but beautiful at the same time. I wanted to see more. I wanted to see everything.

I make a living as a software engineer. I build user interfaces for web applications. At my job, I’m basically staring at a computer screen all day long. I do my best to stay away from the computer screen when I get home, but if I’m at home, another screen somehow fills that void (tv, phone, tablet, etc.). I get the most relief when I can get outside with my camera.

My parents helped me get my first DSLR when I was in college in 2007. It was a Nikon D40 — an entry level DSLR that has since been replaced by the Nikon D3000 and D3100 models. I sold the D40 a few years later and upgraded to a Nikon D5100. Today, I shoot with a Canon 6D and a handful of L-series lenses. If I’m going somewhere, there’s a good chance I’m going to have my camera with me.

So, what am I doing here?

Simply put, I’ve been looking for an outlet. Photography has been therapeutic for me and I’ve been looking for a way to share my work in a somewhat compelling way. I’m not trying to pass anything I share here off as unique, compelling, or even good. I think some of it’s pretty good. I hope you will too, but more than anything, what I share here is my personal journey to explore the world.

I recently spent some time in Oregon and the southwest. Here’s a small taste of some the images I brought back with me:

Top: Columbia River Gorge (OR/WA), Grand Canyon National Park (AZ), Zion National Park (UT); Bottom: Fort Stevens State Park (OR), Grand Canyon National Park (AZ), Hoover Dam (NV)

So, if you think you’d like to read or see more from me — give me a follow. Have thoughts on something, leave me a comment. And, look for more from my recent trips above soon.