I’m a Photographer?

Yeah, so as I mentioned in my last post, I got a shiny new camera and man is it a beaut!

I’ve been messing around with photography since I was a kid. Always have loved the art of it and playing with the angles of a subject. Light has recently become a new obsession for me in terms of what it can do for a shot, and I’ve messed around with dozens of editing programs that allow me to really dunk my head in great results. I haven’t had the chance to take many pictures of people, but portraits are quickly becoming my favorite things to take shots of. However, landscapes will always have a special place in my heart, for sure.

The picture that is used as a header for my blog is one that I took right outside of Old Main as a lot of leaves were beginning to fall. I could’ve tried so many different things with how I shot this, and probably could’ve gotten better results, but I was freezing haha

So included here are a few shots I’ve taken over the course of this semester that I’d like to share!

Yep this is me – the lighting in my apartment was pretty cool and shadowy so I thought I’d take advantage of it
I had to write a performance report on a musical for my movement class so I saw Chicago: The Musical at the Fisher Theatre and MAN was it beautiful!
I was very cold when I took this front shot of Old Main, otherwise I’m SURE it could’ve been done better, but hey! Here’s to improving!
Somewhere in midtown, I kind of forgot where.
My GORGEOUS roommate in a very candid moment on our couch. The lighting is GREAT here, I love this shot haha

Finale

Finally done with the semester and, just like high school, junior year is proving to be very intense. You have this wonderful benefit of knowing your professors a lot better, you’re in a neat position where the younger students look up to you more and ask more from you, your classmates know you better and ask you to collaborate on projects…it’s all so crazy and amazing. Yet the world is really proving to me that there’s not enough time!

The semester flew by. I know I personally wanted to document more of it. I splurged and bought myself a beautiful camera and it’s proven to be one of my favorite gizmos. Much better than a phone, let me tell ya. And I’m itching to use it more. Might as well just carry around with me all the time but a big part of me doesn’t want to look like a tourist in my own city!

I was cast in WSU’s A Christmas Carol. Funny enough, my first year here, I was crewing Carol backstage – helping manage costumes and take care of the kid cast. It was a dreadfully tedious job with long runs, but I got familiar with the Bonstelle Theatre and man, oh man. It is a mysterious beauty that I still feel I haven’t explored enough of! Being on a big stage like that and pushing myself out as much as I could, testing the waters in a sea of seats and a whole balcony!

What was interesting about being in the cast this time around was that I got to meet the crew on a more personal level. When I was a first-year, hardly anyone in the cast spoke to the little freshies in the green room. So, now being older, I made sure that changed quick and that I talked to the crew backstage through the rehearsal and performance process. It changed how I felt about the atmosphere for sure, and I hope that the crew felt the same. We definitely cracked many jokes while waiting for a light cue or something. Many more friendly faces after the whole thing. Many more people who weren’t cast this semester seeing that they have the potential and the creativity to build something here.

It’s important, as upperclassmen working closely with first and second-year students, that we give a damn about each other. Even when it is so tempting to shut down and just focus on you. It’s incredibly rewarding to see the light in other people come up – just based on a small interaction from someone with a little bit more experience. Not in a condescending way, either, but in an equalizing enviornment perfect for collaborating with people who share high standards of quality in your craft. It’s, well. It’s powerful.