Thomas Dawson

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Where are you from?
Victoria, B.C., Canada.

Why did you want to become a Photographer?
I love being outside in the beauty and magnificence of nature, exploring, exercise, being creative, trying new things, along with traveling and adventure and so photography allows me to do several things that I enjoy all at the same time. It’s also satisfying and exciting to capture s unique or amazing moment in time that I know will never happen again in the exact same way. If the photo brings a little bit of joy into someone else’s life then all the better.

Why did you choose this particular shot to be your favorite photograph?
Of all my photos, ‘One of a Kind’ has received the most attention and comments plus it’s my personal favorite. Next, traveling on my own to get to the location in China was really interesting and sometimes challenging because there was a language barrier to contend with plus the food and customs were quite different than what I’m used to and so getting to Zhangjiajie National Park in Hunan Province, which is where I took the photo, was memorable all on it’s own. Next, Zhangjiajie has been the most spectacular place I have ever visited and I thought that this particularly unique peak was the coolest one in the park. FYI, this park is the place that inspired the scenery for the blockbuster movie, Avatar.

Anything else you want to add?
I love photography and I’m always striving to become better at it, however, I’d like to mention something I think is far more important. I hope others can find something they’re passionate about in life (that doesn’t knowingly harm others or the world) which in turn brings them greater joy and a sense of purpose even if they aren’t making a lot of money from it. Most of us have to work in order to earn money and we all have certain basic needs such as food, water, shelter, clothing and the tools of our trade, however, all material things can come and go in the blink of an eye because of hurricanes, earthquakes, bombs, floods, destructive people and fires and so more than anything, I hope that people realize that more money and material things aren’t the keys to lasting health and happiness. My opinion is that it’s ultimately more important to be a thoughtful, conscientious person who has great character, principles and values in addition to having as little stress in life as possible. Inner qualities can’t be taken away and this becomes even more important if one believes that we’re more than just the physical body. I have to add that being a good and nice person doesn’t mean that one has to allow themselves to be a door mat who’s used by others. Stand up for yourself and be courageous enough to tactfully speak your truth and stick by it and be an example of it. Most of us would like to see the world become a better place right? Well, is it more likely to become a better place via having more people whose goal it is to live in excessive luxury or trying to impress others with their riches which have been made via any means possible or is it more likely to become better via more of us caring about and helping each other, being less selfish along with striving towards having the other qualities I mentioned above? Having said all this, I’m not trying to tell anyone what to do and it’s not my place to judge others. I’m just offering what I think are some important things to ponder over.

Zhangjiajie National Park  Thomas Dawson

Zhangjiajie National Park Thomas Dawson

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