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Youth Focus - Orriane Murray: Aiming for the best shot

Published:Saturday | May 26, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Orriane Murray

Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer


A life in athletics and architecture was all 22-year-old Orriane Murray could think about - until he discovered his passion for photography.This passion pushed him to start a company - Blista Inc Photography.

"Photography wasn't my first love. My first love was track and field, architecture. I never thought I would ever take up a camera and become a photographer," said Murray.

"It all started in September 2011 when my grandmother gave me a point-and-shoot camera. I just started taking nature pictures, and it just evolved from there. I have been taking photos professionally since last October."

Before photography, Murray worked as a draftsman at The Design Sanctuary for two years, and then for seven months at Global Exchange Cambio, located at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

No limits

He took a bold move to pair his passion with business when he formed Blista Inc Photography. His company deals with events, studio, and special-projects photography.

"I will do anything to get the best photograph and angle! I believe if you want to become the best, you can't limit yourself," said Murray, who is also a past student of the Herbert Morrison Technical High School.

"If you believe lying on the ground or climbing somewhere will give you that million-dollar shot, then do it! My motto of 'Taking the Best and Becoming the Best' is what I live by."

Though an avid Nikon fan and user, he has already discovered that his craft is not solely dependent on the type of camera one has, but also on what one does with the equipment

Though his new venture of photography has exposed him to different places and people, Murray admits there is still a great deal to learn, as well as much that he can teach others who are willing to understand photography.

"I am currently in the process of coaching someone about photography and my style of photography. You are never too big, young, or proud to listen to someone's opinion or advice. It will benefit both of us. In the end, it makes us better in this field."