Monday, February 27, 2012

Following Your Passion

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

I’d like to introduce you to another one of my most amazing friends. Her name is Lisa Narduzzi. We worked together a few years ago in the corporate world until she found the courage to quit and follow her dream. She continues to inspire me and perhaps she’ll inspire you too.


Your blog, website and photographs are amazing Lisa! When did you first become interested in photography?

Thanks! I first discovered the magic of photography in elementary school. A few of us were given the opportunity to pick a photo, bring in the negative and develop the negative into a photo. I still have that photo somewhere. Looking back on it now, it’s not very good, haha, but it certainly ignited something in me. I then dabbled in photography here and there and have been pursuing photography more seriously since I went back to school 3 years ago for formal training. 

Who are some of your favourite photographers?

Many photographers inspire me - Ansel Adams, because I love black and white photography and he was and continues to be the reigning master, Jacques Henri Lartigue, and as a contemporary photographer, Toni Hafkenscheid, especially his Landscape Series. So many photographers inspire me on a daily basis, however I try not to get consumed by it and instead attempt to follow my own heart and the direction in which I am being led.

What is your favourite photograph of yours and why?

Wow, this is a hard one and my answer to this would probably change each time someone asks me (lol). As a black and white image, I’d have to say Wonderland Series #2. It is a favourite because I love the aesthetic that the Holga camera produces and the mood that this image invokes. As a colour image, I’d have to say Fantasy vs. Reality, because I love working with reflections and I think in this one, I achieved what I set out to do.

Wonderland Series #2

Fanatsy vs. Reality

What do you aspire to achieve in your life and with your photography?

I just want to create, see my ideas realized and hopefully, affect people in some way with my fine art work. Commercially, my ultimate goal is to do travel photography work. I am currently pursuing this goal. I ultimately want to remain balanced though. From what I can see, a lot of artists seem to get swept away with their work, but I’m hoping that photography will be one part of my life, a big part of it, but not my entire life.

I know you quit a full-time job at a very successful company to go to school for photography. So many people wish they had the courage to pursue their dreams. What lead/inspired you to quit your job and pursue your passion for photography?

I just knew it was time. I’m not saying that the decision was an easy one, because it certainly wasn’t. However, I wasn’t feeling fulfilled at the company that I was working at, even though it was a good position at an innovative firm, with a wonderful manager, and lots of people my own age. I had to make a change. I knew that finding another position at another company wasn’t going to fulfill me either.

As I mentioned in my answer to the first question, I was being encouraged to follow this path my entire life (whether I was conscious of it at the time or not) and it was just time to give it a go. It would have been a major regret if I didn’t at least try.

Have you ever regretted that decision?

No. I had the most amazing time immersing myself in photography at school. It was amazing. I actually wished that I picked a longer program when it was over. Since then, there have been ups and downs and it isn’t always easy “following your bliss” but I now know it will all be worth it.

Is there any words of wisdom you would give to those who are thinking of going for it and pursuing their dreams?
Sure. If you know what you want to do, give it a go. You can always try it out while you are still working somewhere else before pursuing it full-time. There are so many people that are trying to figure out what their passion is and what makes them happy, if you know what it is, that is a gift.  Set a goal, plan for it and then follow through. Who knows where this new path will take you!   

Lisa's photography site: Lisa Narduzzi Photography

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