One of the things that I have struggled with my whole life — and I assume a majority of people out there feel the same way — is being judged. As a creative fear of being judged can be debilitating, which is why I have decided that I am going to attempt to overcome this fear and start a daily/bi-weekly blog. I have always been a perfectionist when it comes to my photography. I usually only show the most "perfect" photos, but I would like to make myself vulnerable and show the imperfect photos as well. This blog will be about many things but will mostly revolve around photography and will feature my work unless otherwise noted.
Just a snippet of who I am and where I come from.
So let me introduce myself, my name is Gabriel Partipilo originally from Lafayette, Louisiana and I am 35 years of age. After living in various places around the country — Las Vegas, New Orleans, Montana and Texas— I have settled down in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon where I am now a freelance graphic designer and photographer. I am also a big-time gamer nerd, my game of choice right now is Blizzards "hero brawler" Heroes of the Storm — my blizzard I.D. is NastyNawlins#1111 if there are other nerds out there that would like to group up. I also love camping, traveling, music (making and listening to), researching, youtubing and spending time with my terrifically patient partner Camille.
And now a little backstory.
In December of 1991, I asked for and received my very first camera a Kyocera Yashica Elite Zoom 35mm camera. I don't know why I wanted a camera, I just did. Something about freezing time, about the reflection of moments and nostalgia of photographs that just struck me even at a young age. Being 9 years old and without a job to purchase the film and develop, my photographic endeavors would be put on hold until around 2006.
For years I couch surfed and moved back and forth across the country trying to find my way.
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on the city of New Orleans displacing thousands of people. Only a short while later on September 24th Hurrican Rita made landfall, which is when my displacement occurred that led me to where I am today. While working with —hanging vinyl sideing — and couch surfing with my buddy Johnny tempers ran high with his family and we were both put out on the street. With only a duffle bag on my back, my mission now became finding a phone and another couch to surf.
One week from being kicked out on the street I found a job with the relief effort to rebuild Nawlins. It was a wonderful nine-month opportunity that afforded me the funds to purchase a small point and shoot Sony Cybershot and a MacBook Pro. This camera and laptop would usher me into the new fantastic world of digital photography. Unfortunately, I have only a handful of images from that time in my life.
With the job in New Orleans now over I now had another conundrum, finding a place to live.
My parents have always been my rock in times of need, with nowhere left to go I knew I could turn to them for help. So that's what I did. Yet again with my duffle on my back and a small box of things I had acquired over the 9 months in New Orleans, I boarded a Greyhound bus from New Orleans to Las Vegas. While trying to get acclimated to the ridiculously high summer temperatures in the Nevada desert I used the air conditioner and being inside to learn everything I could about photography. Youtube fed the insatiable hunger I had for learning about photography while I practiced all of my newly learned skills.
I shot a lot while in Vegas. I carried my camera pretty much everywhere— and still do to this day — much to the annoyance of many of my friends & family I'm sure. I know they say that practice makes perfect so that's what I did.
PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE
Of the thousands of photos, I made in Vegas the number of keepers I have is astonishingly low, but that's not what it was about. It was about honing my skills and hone I did.
While there is much more left to tell I feel as though I have to leave you hanging for the rest. I realize blogs are somewhat a thing of the past, but this is a new thing for me and so far it feels good. My goal is to produce quality content that engages the audience and hopefully sparks passion into those that are like minded.