We need art to interact with the community and share our innovations in order to benefit the society. From the Americans for the Arts Action Fund: “the arts are essential to the proper functioning of our society. The arts continue to demonstrate their ability to provide categorical evidence of their impact on social issues that concern virtually every facet of American society. The arts are especially important for our children. Students with an arts rich education:”
- Have better grade point averages
- Score better on standardized tests in reading and math
- Have lower dropout rates
The above details are part of the reason why I like this field, however I would like to share with you how and why I started loving art and in particular photography. When I was little I used to take photos using one of my aunt cameras, she allowed me to take as many photos as I can and want, by the film development was kind of expensive as you can remember that we only have max of 36 pictures rolls, and poor my aunt out of those 36 possible pictures only 5 to 7 were good considering that a 3-4 years old kid took the photos. My mom was concerned about the waste of fills, so probably my aunt would be frustrated in some point soon. Therefore, my mom always encouraged me to think about the picture before taking it, this is when photography became a passion for me “I started thinking about the picture (who will be in it, what frame I wanted in the picture, what type of composition I will use, etc), of course I did not think about those specific terms when I was that little, I learned about composition years later in a few classes at TMCC, but my mom’s lesson helped me to think about what I want in the picture before taking it.
After some time, my parents enrolled me in a few drawing contests, and I won one of them (more than 80 participants), I think I was 7 or 8 years old. At the time, I did not think too much about what I was doing and the strict society where I grew up did not help much to encourage me to the art field. I ended going to an engineering degree, where my best grade classes where industrial design, industrial process layouts, AutoCAD; very technical, but always with a tendency towards drawing. I remember, that we used to have history class where we needed to make sculptures related to an important stage of history, and my sculptures were much-admired by numerous professors who asked why I was in an engineering field instead of an art field. Well, same answers, “the society rules”, I needed to study something that would provide me with a good income. After all the specific bachelor’s degree “Industrial Engineering” was a good one for me because it offered many fields, it was not monotone as it is very extensive where I was able to take some kind of art classes. However, life continues and I always saw art in my life only as a hobby, and just recently is when I started having the feeling to move to a next stage in this field. After I finish my MBA, I have serious plans to take more classes and incorporate my experience into an area that I really like.
Photography for me is great to remember spectacular moments by looking an image, I like the idea of keeping moment suspended in time, you can think about the next move or fantasize about the story being the picture, it is an excellent opportunity to think more about who is in the picture, the composition, and why all elements were perfectly together to frame all in one small image. I like details, that I can modify to give a different perspective. Some of the above pictures are in a book I am creating named “Beautiful Structures”.
I hope you enjoyed the photos!