So, heres my answers to two of the Photography application's questions. It probably seems really sappy or something, I dont know...but it came to light during this Ritalin-induced need to do something, and do it meaningfully......yeah, I know you probably think that thats really lame...but hey, its true.
1. Why are you interested in taking Photography?
Pictures are the one thing, in all of existence, that can speak volumes without saying a single word. They bridge the gap of time. They convey the emotions, problems, and solutions of people and regions. They are the one true way to tell a story, without variations, or fallacies. They provoke the deepest of human emotions.
From an early age, (about five or six), I can remember taking my dad’s camera, and sneaking outside to take pictures of my pets, the trees, or even just my brother playing baseball. I can distinctly remember fiddling around with the mechanics of it all: how to focus, how to take a picture with just the right light, or even just fiddling around with the lever to advance the film. As I grew, I opened up to a different look on things. I not only concentrated on what others might think was beautiful, like the mountains at sunset, but on things as simple as the way light can make something as trivial as the front of a car, look appealing to the eye, or the way the streetlight is reflected off of a tree’s wet branches. Now, I’m obsessed with the way pictures can do anything that the photographer wants. You don’t have to be a good painter, or public speaker. A single picture has the ability to move you, make you reconsider previously held notions, or even do something as simple as make you smile. A single picture has the ability to tell you who someone was, where they were, what they were doing, and even what kind of person they were. A single picture has the ability to bring everyone together.
Unfortunately, in my family, we’re taught from a vary early age to be quiet, not always to speak what we’re thinking, but rather, when spoken to. With the exception of a few, no one really expresses themselves…ever. Photography is the one thing that I feel can let me express myself. I’m not particularly good at sports, painting, acting, or even math. But in my mind, photography is the thing I feel I can excel at, while giving me an opportunity to speak to the world around me. I want people to look at my pictures, and make them feel some sort of emotion. I want them to think about what their definition of a “good picture” really means. I feel that this is the way to show people what I can do, and who I am.
2. What are your personal strengths that would help you be successful in this course? Why should you be selected as one of the students for this class?
Photography has always interested me immensely. It’s always made me feel like I’m letting people know about me. It makes me so happy to hear someone say something as simple as “Oh, that’s a really cool picture!”. The sound of a camera shutter is so gratifying to me.
All of those things, and more, would motivate me to want to do well, and develop my skills as an amateur photographer. I want to learn how to get the perfect light in your shot. I want to know how to develop a photograph. But, above all, I want to show people new things, or at least, a new perception on things. I feels that these wants will make me strive to succeed in your class. I’m excited that in something so mundane as school, I can express myself through pictures. I want an opportunity to stand alone, and show people what I think is artistic; and show them things that make them reconsider their definition of art.
I feel that I should be one of the student chosen for this class because of my appreciation of the power, and place in history of photography. I haven’t been this excited about anything related to school since I started band. But this is different. Photography is one of my earliest fascinations, and has stuck with me all of these years. I have to opportunity to stand alone. Not in a group of people, or in an organization, but truly alone. I know that there is a 99.99% chance that I won’t change the world, or shake up the very definition of “what is art“. But, if given, I promise I won’t waste a single moment of this opportunity not trying to do so.
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