NEW YEAR FINDING OUR TRUE SELF

A while ago, I watched a Jimmy Nelson’s TED Talk about portraits of vanishing people (if you haven’t seen it I totally recommend it, is a must! ) and he mentions how he finds himself as he photograph people. I deeply connected with that statement, because I believe everything we do -as photographers, engineers, plumbers, doctors, etc…- is meant to take us closer to our true self…

If many years ago someone would have asked me if I was going to be a photographer my answer would have been “I don’t know”, the truth is  I never thought of it as a profession… until two years ago!

Life is many things, but mostly life is a bundle of opportunities and I can say I’ve taken most of the opportunities that came in my bundle. I graduated from high school and wasn’t very sure of what I wanted to study, but an opportunity came and I took it, so I left to Chile to study Bio-processes Engineering and there as well I took all (at least I like to think so) the opportunities that knocked on my door.

It was an incredible experience, I have no regrets, even though I have never worked as a “bio-processes engineer”.

A few years later, another opportunity from my “bundle” came in and so I went to the Basque Country got an Environmental Toxicology Master degree, yeap once again I took my chance and I had such a wonderful time there, but once again I’ve never worked as an environmental toxicologist. Some people could think “all that time and money wasted”, the truth is “no effort is ever wasted” and I deeply believe all the time I spent studying in different countries was part of my journey in this life, I regret not one little thing I’ve done so far.

With all that engineering and scientific background, love brought me to Pittsburgh (PA) and here I chose again to open doors and try; I taught Spanish at a pre-school, I worked at a retail store, I did a yoga teacher training and then I found photography (again).

I’m telling you all this things with the aim to transmit my idea that you can do anything you want, you can try and you might like it or not, but everything is part of finding who we are and what we are really meant to do.

I say “I found photography (again)” because it’s been my hobby for many years but now I discovered it has been my passion forever, but maybe and just maybe if I wouldn’t have taken all those other opportunities in my life I would’ve never found my true passion. That being said, enjoy every step of your journey, enjoy every win and also every loss, enjoy being good at something and also being not so good at something else, enjoy learning new things and getting better at something you already know about. Enjoy every step of your journey!

I’m deeply grateful for all of you who have supported me throughout my life, for the old friends and the new ones, for all of you who stand in front of my camera with an open heart to share your story, that is what moves me to keep learning, to be better every day, to keep taking opportunities and finding the best version of my true self!

Wishing you all a wonderful and happy New Year!

Levana

 

PS: Thank you to Anna Laero for the portrait!

honest. pure. blissful.

@levanamelamed