I bought my DSLR camera using the money I received from my internship in the summer coming into my sophomore year of college. It was, by far, my biggest purchase that I had ever made using my debit card. But it was also a purchase that I had thought about making for most of my life. While my iPhone camera allowed me to dabble in photography, I could not imagine immersing myself in the field without a camera that I could that allowed me to take more liberties with my expression.

I find the high barrier of entry to developing photography as a hobby to be quite forlorn. While writing is only limited by imagination and hard drive space, photography requires a massive initial investment to even cross into territory that would allow for creative expression. And when I think of that, I can’t help but try to cherish the opportunities of artistic expression that I have been afforded.