From cover letters and job applications to unexpected yacht parties, winter break has been wonderfully eclectic.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't dreading another northeast winter - sure Seattle has been raining more than usual, but nothing's frozen yet so I'm basically over the moon about the whole thing.
But there are some parts of winter term that I'm really looking forward to. Specifically my independent study course with the photography department.
I've come full circle, from a freshman in Photo I taking pictures with an iPhone, to a senior working on my own project with an actual camera that I actually own. I've still got a long way to go, but I'm looking forward to spending more time in the studio.
Working with models creating different types of portraiture is most of what I do, and I've found that there are endless possibilities in arranging photos that end up being about anything but the person sitting in front of the camera.
I used to think nudity was a trope used by people who didn't actually have anything that interesting to say. Which, in photo I, it sort of was. Ironically enough I usually shoot nude or partially nude models now, because I'm not interested in clothes; I'm interested in people, and clothing gets in the way of them.
I like finding abstract compositions within very identifiable ones. So I search for the unrecognizable within portraiture. I don't think I'm quite there yet, but I'm progressing, and the progress is motivating.