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OneQuestion: Jesse Pafundi

We’ve arrived at Thursday and Jesse Pafundi for my OneQuestion guest blog series. Jesse is a kindred spirit to me and we’ve had tons of conversations about how we change as photographers. Both he and I have been on a similar journey since the beginning of the year (or around there). Realizing what we love, who we are and being comfortable with our own styles and passions. Jesse’s photography has changed so much this year and it’s been inspiring and beautiful to watch. Visit his newly updated website (and name), check out his Rome pictures (or anything really) and follow his work.

What do you have a passion to photograph? What would make you forego much-needed sleep

because you just can’t help but get out and take more pictures?

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We’re lucky. Every single day on this Earth we get to experience the brilliance of a rising and setting sun. It’s an amazing thing to witness and can stop us in our tracks. It’s the one universal thing that cause people to slow down and appreciate the beauty around them.

When Mike asked me his “One Question,” I didn’t hesitate for a second in my mind. I’ve sacrificed hours of sleep dedicated to sunrise chasing. Missed out on dinner’s because the sun was setting at exactly 7:09 pm. I’m extremely fortunate to live only 10 minutes from some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. When I’m sitting in my backyard and gorgeous clouds roll in, I know it’s on. I toss my bag in the car and head south on Ocean Parkway. Can you smell the salt water?

A few weeks ago, during one of my softball games at Jones Beach, the sun began to set. The light was just outrageous and the photographer inside me became restless. I knew whipping out my iPhone would be a risky venture because at softball games, there is a certain manliness you have to uphold. I decided the risk was well worth the reward and stepped up to the top bleacher. I composed, adjusted settings, and snapped a frame. Within minutes the heckles began to pour in but I could not care less. I froze that light for an eternity and it’s at the top of this post to prove it. Joke’s on them.

Here’s to the golden hour.