BetterPhoto Member: David W. Streets

member since December 03, 2006

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As with most photographers I started out with cheap $5.00 camera as a youngster. Over the years my passion for taking pictures developed into a hobby then into a way to relax and release the stress built up during a long week of work. My love for photography soared when I moved to Virginia back in 1994. I lived only minutes away from the Blue Ridge Parkway. I would escape into the quiet solitude offered by the serene beauty and get lost in a world of my own. Then in 2000 my mother fell ill and had to have open heart surgery and I had to move back to Ohio where I found another place of quiet solitude called Dawes Arboretum. Not exactly the same as slipping away and disappearing into the hills of Central Virginia but it was a place to escape "reality" so to speak and quiet the soul. After 5 years of living back in Ohio I decided I wanted to try my hand at opening a business in Gatlinburg TN. So in 2005 I moved to the Smokies. After a years worth of preparing and building inventory hurricane Katrina hit and well you know what that did to gas prices. Tourism slowed to a crawl, I was laid off twice by the same company I was working for and I had to give up my dream (for the time being) and move back home. The dream has not died, it just has gone into hibernation for now.

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