Ashley Verse is a photographer I think is f***ing amazing. We went to the same primary school, had a little altercation that meant we weren’t friends for a period of time, but eventually we bucked up again and would talk here and there. I’ve seen him as a 10, 11, 12, 13 year old. I’ve seen his growth. I know him. I can see where he started as a photographer, and see where he is now, doing sh*t I can only be proud of.
I started taking photography seriously about 4 years ago. Someone said “oh you’re good at what you do!” and asked me to take photos for them for a job with Microsoft. I thought I was getting money! It was for a residential, Monday to Friday. This year, I got the same amount for a job that was only four hours.
It shows the notion of progression and self-worth, and that it comes with time, people appreciating you and you appreciating yourself, and experience. If someone doesn’t see that, they’ve got a problem.