1. What are you passionate about?
I’ve always had trouble answering questions asking about passions and hobbies of mine. I’ve dabbled in many things during my childhood, and I’ve never really found one that has sparked something in me. I’m drawn towards photography and visual art because I enjoy capturing the world in a moment in time. I’m very passionate about nature and being able to see the world through my own personal viewfinder.
2. What and/or who do you think influences you, especially when it comes to imagery/photography.
A lot of the time, I find that some of my bigger influences are my peers, or people that I deem myself close to. I’m driven by competition, and a desire to prove to myself that I am capable at doing these types of things. Some people say that photography is easy, but I often find myself as troubled with taking photographs as I am solving equations in math. A selfish aspiration to be the best at something is usually what drives me, so I can rub it in my siblings’ smug, grinning faces.
3. What do you want to get out of this class? How will you know, at the end of the semester, that you have created some value from the course? In other words, what does success at the end of the semester look like to you?
I’m a real amateur when it comes to photography, as I only find myself able to take pictures that I really like in certain conditions. Usually I take pictures of flowers or nature, in cloudy, gloomy conditions. I limit myself and my abilities to these particular situations, and I don’t often enjoy taking pictures any other way. I’m in this advanced photography class to push myself and expand the way I look at the world through a camera. If by the end of semester, I’m starting to see more variety in my photographs, then that will be enough for me.
4. What steps will you take to ensure you get value from the course?
As a student, it’s my job to do my work and have everything handed in on time; which are feats that I’ve often struggled with accomplishing in the past. This is my last year in High School, meaning that by this time next year, I will be a fully fledged adult and expected to be a functioning member of society. This year is the year that I will begin to treat myself as an adult, and start to act like one when doing assignments and projects.
5. What qualities do you look for in a teacher?
Often, I find myself realizing that I’m very picky about my who my teachers are, even if I don’t admit it to myself. If I get a certain teacher for a class, I either react with a grin or a scowl. I’m not sure when I got so picky about who is handling my education, but I suppose that being picky about those sort of things are good. I often prefer teachers who aren’t completely holding their students hands all the way through the course, but still often manage to check in on them. While having someone to tell you what to do every step of the way is helpful, at this age, I feel like we should begin to figure out how to lead ourselves to success. (Of course, these ideas apply more to options courses than they do with core courses. If my math teacher suddenly told me to teach myself how to do everything, I think that I would break down and cry).
6. What are your strengths and how can we utilize them?
My greatest strength as a student is my creativity. I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, nor am I the best photographer of this generation. In fact, I’m quite the opposite. I can usually figure out creative angles and aspects to get in and out of situations, or fresh new angles to come at a scene through a viewfinder. If I see a nice image through my camera, I’ll keep going at different ways to take the shot until I capture it in the exact way I want it. Although this often takes quite a lot of time, it’s a habit that may take a while to kick.