Digital Photography and Imaging students in the Portfolio Development 1 course showcased their work in December at an exhibition exploring parenthood, faith and rites of passage. Paula Hern ndez and Crystal Baker were two of many talented individuals whose powerful work and stories were on display at the Barrie Campus.
Paula is an international student from Mexico who dreams of becoming a fashion and fine art photographer. She’s one-step closer to turning those dreams into a reality thanks to Georgian’s program.
“The Digital Photography and Imaging program seemed perfect for me,” she says. “Amazing faculty, good equipment in a great studio, and education that explores the technical and artistic fields – I took a chance and came. Best decision I ever made.”
Paula says photography is her favourite language. “What I love most is the feeling I get while taking a photograph,” she explains. “Everything else vanishes and I find complete serenity – it is liberating. Photography is my cure for everything, my passion and the way I communicate.”
After she finished high school, Crystal had no idea where she wanted to go or what she wanted to do. Like Paula, Crystal believes coming to Georgian was the best decision she could have made. “The program is very intimate,” she says. “The people and professors are amazing – they are all so supportive.”
Crystal has always loved art. She used to draw constantly – that is, until she picked up a camera. Now she has plans to create comic books with her photography. “Photography is an art,” she says. “It’s magic.”
People are Crystal’s favourite subject. As someone who experiences social anxiety, photography has become her special way of connecting with others.
For both women, their work on display at the show was deeply personal and that was reflected both in the images they chose to highlight and the accompanying stories the wrote beside them. “I had to dig pretty deep to produce my images,” reflects Crystal whose work largely explored the grief she has felt since her mom passed away last January.
“The show was themed around deep subjects that define a big part of who we are,” Paula adds. “It gave us each the opportunity to explore ourselves and some very challenging topics – all while highlighting our skills and being creative.”