Adventures in Light with David Clifford
Some photographers are lucky enough to say they had a parent inspire them to pick up a camera. For David Clifford, his father was a longtime Minolta shooter with a subscription to American Photo magazine. Clifford’s story is one that follows an interesting narrative of immersing yourself in what you love, realizing when you have to make the hard choices of following passions, and setting yourself up for success with investing in yourself.
Many creatives who have an eye for design but also have a nagging left brain (think your parent’s giving you advice in your head) make a natural progression in college age and study architecture. For many it’s the perfect culmination of left brain/right brain thinking, as well as some decent salaries. No one blames these individuals as that’s a hard package to say no to. When David arrived at Northeastern in Boston, he decided to major in architecture with a minor in photography. His time wasn’t spent partying and drinking like most college aged kids, instead you could find David in the film lab working as a lab tech for the school. He spent all his time learning as much as he could about techniques, the craft, and bettering his work – so much so that he eventually also worked as an intern for Polaroid. Few can say they worked harder than Clifford during their college years at something they were only supposed to minor in. Which is why after a few years, David made a tough choice.