Highlighting the up-and-coming creative class
Felicia Ridley - Photographer
by Tom Tash
Growing up, what made you want to become a photographer?
I always enjoyed snapping pictures when I was little, of everything and anything. I never thought that I would enjoy photography as much as i do today. When I was a sophomore I was in a chorus class and it just wasn’t my thing i switched and i had a choice between photography and a class about current events. I said to myself I like to take pictures so why not try out photography. I instantly fell in love i was mostly working in the darkroom developing black and white images I had many tasks and I worked very hard to get where I am now. My teacher told me that she really sees future when she views my images and that I should start a portfolio. That was how i grew a passion for photography.
What was your first camera?
My first camera was a nikon coolpix.
What types of photography or subjects inspire you?
I love to take shoots of weddings, it makes me feel the true happiness and love that two people can share. It gives me this warm fuzzy feeling in my heart that says wow a picture is worth a thousand words and there is so much genuine happiness between these two people. Another type of photography i enjoy is still life. It is truly incredible how you can make something that most people would see as just “plain” or “drab” when I see it as something different. I started out with still life and it teaches me that there can be more than one meaning to a specific object.
What do you feel makes the difference between an average photo and a work of art?
In my opinion i think any photo is truly a piece of art. Because i started out photographing still life i learned that a picture of a chair can have so much meaning to it and in my eyes is a piece of art.
Do you have any advice for young aspiring photographers or artists? Perhaps a lesson you learned the hard way?
I have learned that being a photographer, well actually anything in life you will receive plenty of good and bad criticism take the bad criticism as advice and work harder I learned the hard way because i never would take bad criticism i always thought someone was making fun of me or judging what I did when really they were trying to help not hurt. Criticism is a normal thing that will come from anyone with anything.
Congratulations on graduating High School, how do you plan to continue your photography career in the future?
I plan to continue my career by helping out with Campfire magazine with any photos it may need. I plan to start a real business and do a wide range of photography for people in my area! I will be attending a beauty school in augusta in the esthetician program learning about skin care and make up techniques. I feel that the make up techniques will help with photography and strengthen certain fashion shoots.
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