Throughout this semester I have taken away a lot of different perspectives about art itself. From the ideas of Glenn, to the conversations with the artists, and from the presentations about past photographers. I think I was most impacted from the presentations about the photographers because one; I am a photographer and two; I thought most of the photographers were very edgy and were successful because they took those risks and stood out from the rest. The photographs made me feel certain ways and develop emotion and had me look at life in a different perspective. Which to me, if art can make me develop feelings then it is true art. I also loved talking to each of the SOA artists as well because I thought each gallery brought their own backgrounds and opinions to life. Art is a reflection to the world and society around us. It is another way to send out messages and that's what I felt the Artist really did this semester. A lot of them I shared similar opinions with, so instead of a more “interview” style it was an actual conversation which I took away so much more from. And as for Glenn, I have learned so much more than I could have asked for. Coming to class each time and often getting question as to what art is or what we are even doing at this school. Most of the professors I have been exposed to at this school have never questioned what the purpose of being here is. Why we are tested by multiple choice, why we aren't asking what the meaning to life is, why we are rushed to finish school, why we have to know exactly what we want to pursue, and so on. So it was a breath of fresh air when a professor comes into your life and starts to question everything.
I recently switched my major from Business Management to Fashion Design and it is a decision I am so stoked about. Fashion design has always been something on my mind, so this decision didn’t come by surprise to me. Art will always be apart of my life because I plan to design my own clothing line that enhances the idea of feminist empowerment. I am also so passionate about photography and videography that it will never leave my life. As a photographer I see art in pretty much everything; from the way people interact, to the way we love, and how nature is formed. It’s everywhere, it just takes a second for your eyes to wander and capture it. For me I chanell the most accomplishing form of art through the feelings of a photo. A photo should capture a moment and then take the viewer to that day to that space of emotions. If you can look at a photo no matter it be a person’s facial posture, or body position, or the light of the sun reflecting the canyons, or a simple object, if it can project some type of feeling brewing up inside of a person then that is art coming to life. Every photo that is taken comes with a story. As corny as that sounds it is true. And as people we are all self made story tellers, it’s just a matter of how we project it. I was involved in photojournalism at my high school and our biggest thing that we had to remember was that “how can we capture what is happening in just a few photos to tell an entire story.” To me that is another thing about photography; it truly tells a story without words. It is a beautiful form of art and form of expression that is something that will always be a part of who I am.
I also believe a lot of art comes from traveling and exploring this world. When we go to new places we collect new thoughts, ideas, expressions, beliefs, and a whole lot more that shape us into new beings and that to me is art. I notice myself wander and crave a new setting when I haven’t experienced it for some time. And once that desire is cured there is this whelm of ideas that sparks so much creativity to make a person thrive. I will forever be grateful for traveling and all the experiences that come from it because that is what living is all about - exploring, opening the mind to anything and everything that is out there.