Highlighting the up-and-coming creative class
feature by Felicia Ridley
Growing up I saw things around me just like every other kid. I never thought I would become a photographer or even really had any interest until I saw how creative you could get with even the most basic camera. The way one can alter an image completely by kneeling down or taking one step to their left is mind blowing. I guess that’s what really sparked my interest.
What types of photography or subjects inspire you?
I love all kinds of photography, but there are a few that really stand out to me. Portraits being one of them, because you can really tell a story through the expressions on people’s faces, and the location where you shoot. The second is probably landscapes, I like the challenge of trying to capture and reproduce what I am seeing and feeling.
What do you feel makes the difference between an average photo and a work of art?
Art gives you an indescribable feeling that you don’t get when you look at an average photo. Art doesn’t always have to be framed right or have straight horizons, but it has something that catches the eye and makes you say wow.
What was your favorite experience photographing a subject? Do you feel that it made for a better final product?
One of my favorite experiences was a summer course on photography, taken at a local college. It was a great experience being able to work with a professional photographer and use all of the resources they had to offer. I believe that it had a positive influence on my photos. I was in a great environment amongst other photographers.
Do you have any advice for young aspiring photographers or artists? Perhaps a lesson you learned the hard way?
Shoot everything! You never know when that average photo may be a work of art, if timed right. Also, there’s nothing better than experience. Get out there and experiment and practice different angles. My last tip is to get a good editing program. This is essential to get the most out of your photos.
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