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Remember when you were young and someone would ask you what you wanted to be when you grew up?  The only answer I can ever remember giving was "a photographer for National Geographic".  Lofty goal, I know, and unfortunately I did not continue down that path as many told me it was unobtainable and unreasonable as a career option.  As fate would have it I found myself leaning towards another career which allowed me to play with optics, care for people, and bring beauty to the world in a different way.  I enjoy what I do as a professional optometrist and find it rewarding to be able enhance the way people see the world.  But in that profession it's easy to spend too much time in a dark little room with no windows, and it's no wonder that I'm starting to crave the sunshine and fresh air I always had when I actively pursued my photographic activities.  I also recently had another birthday and in reflecting upon my accomplishments over the years, it’s time to open up a childhood dream and see if I can make it possible.  I may not make it onto National Geographic’s payroll, but perhaps I can become good enough to be featured in the magazine.

(You can find the original blog post at www.lesleysobeckgallery.com)

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Comment by pamela bailey on May 20, 2012 at 7:45am

Superb photography....I could just climb into the pictures and feel like I was there..... definitely submit some of your work to National Geographic...you are talented !  

Comment by Robert Clinton on May 20, 2012 at 7:44am

Leslie, beautiful pictures! There's nothing like bringing out the childhood gifts and pursuing those. We tend to squander them over time, and it takes intentional effort to reach down and pull them back out. I, and I know this community encourages you to keep stepping into that light, and pursue this awesome dream that connects you with who you truly are. Keep sharing the journey with us...

Comment by Seth Haigh on May 18, 2012 at 2:44pm

Wow!  I like your artwork & your site has a great feel on arrival. Best wishes to you.

Comment by Darren Rayborn on May 18, 2012 at 12:50pm

Go for it!!  My day job is similar, no windows and usually dark, not like yours though.  Glad to hear you are pursuing your dream.  You have a very nice web site and the pictures are quite nice and seem well thought out.  

Comment by Brent Jamison on May 17, 2012 at 9:40pm

Fantastic pictures, very professional looking. The one of the Maine Lighthouse looks like a postcard. Keep up the good work. 

Comment by Izmael Arkin on May 17, 2012 at 8:52pm

i Leslie,
I checked out the site. Very cool stuff. I think it is great that you are taking steps to make your dream happen. I think if you are committed and willing to put in the necessary time you can slowly develop an online portfolio of your photography. As you do this, who knows what can develop.

Best of luck :)


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