Before I became a photographer, I thought I wanted to be a full-time writer. In 2012, I graduated from California College of the Arts with a Masters in Creative Writing. I do love to write, but I found it could be very lonely work.
After I wrote my first novel, I decided I needed to take a break. During this break is when I started interviewing and photographing people with tattoos. I loved combining my passion for writing with photography because it gave me the best of both worlds. I’m an introvert, so I don’t necessarily hate sitting in a room by myself for hours working. However, I like how photography allows me to collaborate with other people. Plus, the process of photography is generally much faster than writing. For example, I spent three years writing my novel, whereas I could photograph and interview someone and see the results within a few hours.
Patience is indeed a virtue when you’re an artist, but sometimes it’s nice (and perhaps necessary) to see something to completion. It makes you feel like you’re moving forward in life. I still love writing fiction, but these days I’m more focussed on photojournalism.
So what is “Wanderlust?” It’s a short story I wrote while I was a graduate student at CCA. I had read a short story from a collection called In the Future Perfect by Austrian writer Walter Abish. Abish used a series of vignettes to weave his narrative and each vignette was labeled with three words, which were used in that section. Since I like to try out different techniques with my writing, I decided to emulate Abish’s style and wrote “Wanderlust,” a short story about a young woman writer traveling with a touring rock band.
Last week I found out that Bewildering Stories published “Wanderlust.” I feel extremely honored to be included as one of their contributors, and I urge you to check out the magazine.
The photos I’ve included in this post are not part of the story. The years I spent photographing concerts inspired “Wanderlust.” I have a lot of respect for artists because it’s not easy to succeed and oftentimes the only thing an artist has is their passion and dedication. I dedicate this short story to all the musicians who have inspired me, and I hope you enjoy the story. 🙂