My entire life (all 17 years) I have dreamed of escaping the grasp of Columbia; the thought of “getting out” is something I dance around with in my mind and my imagination.
Now, before you jump to conclusions and think I am too cynical and narrow-minded, let me justify.
Columbia was an amazing town to grow up in. I attended almost every Mizzou football game, played in recreational leagues, met great employers and learned many things through experience and teachers shoving exams and busy work down my throat. I gained fantastic friends and developed a sense of self-worth, which is still growing so deeply inside me.
What I found the most interesting about Columbia is how it helped me discover my totally-encompassing love affair with photography! For that, I am so grateful for my roots and all the years I kept with this little town I call home.
But, the time has come to where I am ready to see more of where my feet can take me. I am ready to fly oceans and sail the seas. Photography is what I needed to find with my life in CoMo, and now it’s going to take me across the world.
What I love most about Columbia are the little things; and for me, most of these little things exists within the streets and buildings of our downtown and The District. I wanted to take the time to capture my affection for this sanctuary of mine, it housing my every-growing imagination, addiction to tea and memories helping me become the person I am.
I appreciate Downtown Columbia immensely, and I would like to prove it.
Downtown Columbia is something that will always resonate in my mind no matter what I do and no matter where I go.
By Maribeth Eiken
Week one: check! Stay tuned for more.