lighting up Photography on Campus

The Economist at Day Time and Photographer at Night Time

Fig. 1. Created by Jason

An afternoon after the Principle of Microeconomics class, I was walking to the restaurant for lunch as usual, thinking about some of the important equations on the blackboard and figuring out what I can do about the equations before they are showing up on the final exam and threatening my GPA. I have always been having some worries about my future, by pondering about what I can do with my economic knowledge and those equation and economic principles I learn in classes.

Being stuck in memorizing how many equations have been written down on the blackboard during the class, I saw Jason walking in front of me. I was suddenly hit by my bi-monthly column about the most important thing in learning photography. My original plan included asking Jason who is an economic major and photography minor as me for help. After settling down that we would be going to the photography class on Wednesday, I asked him a favor to give me his thoughts on the most important thing in learning photography.

Due to our common major, minor, and hobby, the conversation between Jason and me would always be both consciously or unconsciously connected to economics and photography, or the combination of both.

Fig. 2. Created by Jason

“Well, you know, interest is the most helpful teacher,” says Jason, “as an economic major, I am fascinated by how the economic market is working in maintaining the stableness and orderliness of the international community, even thought different countries are taking different measures in regulating their own economic market.” Jason told me that he had been in different countries for travel and having experience in exchanging the U.S. dollars with the local currencies. Also, he has been amazed by the fact that the universal regulation on different currencies make each country willing to accept the face value of their currency when compared to the other currencies that might be more expensive. At the beginning, Jason would keep some cash of different currencies as souvenirs. However, as the amount of countries increased, it become difficult for her to keep those currencies in cash, so she started to take some photos of them and saved them in the digital form in the camera or on the internet, which made his currency collection more portable and the scale of the collection bigger.

Fig. 3. Created by Jason

Then, Jason showed me some of the currencies he took during his visit to China and explained the meaning of the portraits on each value. Taking the 100 CNY as n example, Jason told me that the portrait on the value is Mao Zedong, the founding father of the Republic of China by establishing many effective military strategies to help Chinese armies to defeat the enemies and finally found the country. In memorizing of the founding father, the biggest value of the currency makes his portrait on the cash to keep his image alive in Chinese people. From Jason’s collection, I learn that while economics is a practical major, it is still connected to historical and artistic artistic designing that can be seen in the production of the currencies. Thus, to master the essence of photography, one can use photographing skills in his or her career live to make the career more artistic and interesting.

Fig. 4. Created by Jason