Ever since I was very little, I’ve always loved technology. I vaguely remember taking apart toys when I was around 6 or 7 and then putting them back together. I didn’t know what that meant I wanted to do when I grew up, but I always knew I would want to work with electronics and technology. When it was time to apply for college senior year, I was focusing on Computer Science and Engineering programs at different schools. My favorite classes were math and science and learning how to power a light bulb with just a wire and a battery. I wanted to build robots and contraptions and still do to this day.
Because of financial reasons, I ended up going to the local community college down the street with the intention of transferring after 2 years. While I was there, I discovered the Motion Media Design program where I learned both graphic design and motion graphics. We were working with Photoshop, After Effects, Cinema 4D and others. I had completely forgotten about engineering that I even completed another 2 years in the Television Production program there. After 4 years at community college and 2 Associates degrees later, I finally transferred to Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). I applied for the Motion Media program since I really loved working with those programs. When Motion Media didn’t work out for me, I switched my major to Graphic Design and then finally ended up majoring in Photography. Here are some of my Motion Media and Graphic Design work I did while at SCAD. They were fun classes, but I just didn’t feel like I belonged.
Once I started taking the photography classes, I knew I was in the right place and it just felt right. I learned all about composing shots, studio lighting and even developing film in a pitch-black room. SCAD allowed me to explore all types of styles from fine art to commercial advertising photography. They provided state-of-the-art equipment and studio space. I was even able to throw paint around and drop things in water. I love the idea of freezing liquids in time. They make such interesting shapes and motion. You never really notice all the little details of a water splash in real time since it happens so fast. But, you can really appreciate it when it has been frozen in a photograph.
I still regret not trying to get an Engineering degree and I’ll probably always wonder what if. But I’m glad it was Photography I chose in the end and I’ll continue to pursue it for many years to come.