New York City photographer David A. Condon was married in 2007.
But as the couple celebrated their 20th anniversary and celebrated his wedding, his heart started to slow and his memory was starting to slip.
“I think it was around the time that my marriage was ending, that I had begun to notice that I couldn’t really remember things.
I had to do things to remember things,” Condon told Esquire.
“That’s when I started doing things like making a calendar or a book, and I would remember things that I didn’t really want to remember and I’d go, ‘Oh my god, I can’t remember these things.'”
After some time, he decided to find a way to remember everything.
“When I started getting better at it, I had a lot of questions about things like when I was born and when I went to college.
I couldn and didn’t remember everything I had done,” he said.
“And then the other thing that was also happening was that my memory of life started to slip, because I was just not as good at being in my own time.
And I couldn to do that.”
So he began taking pictures, mostly of himself.
“At one point, I took pictures of myself with my husband, and he said, ‘Hey, don’t take any more photos,'” he recalled.
“So I said, okay, I’m going to start taking pictures of you.
And you know, I remember you were standing there in the kitchen and I said to my husband and I took some photos of me, and it was a little bit jarring.
I mean, we were standing right there.
But that was a big turning point for me.”
A week later, the couple married and he began documenting their wedding day.
The pictures he took of them in the morning were his most beautiful memories of the day.
“One of the things I love about taking pictures is that I don’t have to go to the wedding and be like, ‘I’ve got this shot,'” he said to Esquire magazine.
“If I want to take the shot, I’ll take the picture.
And if I don’ want to, I don'”t have to.
I can be myself and still get the best shot.
“There’s this amazing thing in life, and that is that you can just be yourself,” he added.
It makes me feel really good.” “
In my life, I’ve been a photographer, and in my life I’ve taken photos and been in relationships, and this is what I like about being myself.
It makes me feel really good.”
After his wedding day, Condon took some time off to pursue his photography career.
“It was sort of like, you know what, I have to stop and do something else,” he told Esqire.
“For about six months, I went back to taking pictures,” he continued.
“As much as I love taking pictures and being the photographer, I was doing something else.
And it just kind of took a while.”
When he returned to his passion, it was in 2011, when he started a photography blog.
“A couple of years later, I started a blog,” he remembered.
“But it was kind of a little crazy because I did a lot more than just shoot pictures of me.”
Condon began sharing his life with the blog and in 2014, he was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in Photography.
“My wife and I started dating at this point,” he recalled to Esqquire.
And my wife and the rest of the team were really supportive of it.
“They really supported me and I’m like, thank you so much, so much.
I really appreciate it,” he explained.
“Especially being in this industry where you can’t really see your own work, so they’re really supportive and supportive of everything that I’m doing.
It was amazing.
I just feel like that’s the best way to express yourself in photography, because it’s not really visible.”
Cordon continued to post pictures of his life on his blog.
But at some point, he noticed that his posts were being shared by a lot fewer people.
“Then I was like, oh, that’s not good,” he shared.
“People are starting to see this.”
As his blog grew, so did his career.
In March 2015, he launched his own photography company, Cordon & Collins, and launched the website CordonPhotos.com, which now has more than 1 million visitors per month.
He was the subject of two episodes of the popular TV show Modern Family.
And recently, he became a regular on the new series American Horror Story: Coven.
“He’s such a big part of my life,” Cordon said.