What Does Photography Mean To You

What Does Photography Mean To You

“Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.” - Anonymous

Photography means so many things to so many different people. Google defines photography as "the art or practice of taking and processing photographs." However, it is so much more than that. One thing they did get right is that it is an art. Real life artists devote their lives to capturing moments on film that you never would have imagined doing yourself. Yet, average people spend their lives capturing the moments they live on film. For some, photography is a way to express yourself in ways you otherwise could not. The majority of people have the ability to use their words to express their thoughts and emotions at any point in time. Others use music, sports, other forms of art, whatever you may think of. Here is a list compiled of what photography means to a diverse group of people:

"Photography is the equivalent to music for the eyes." - Rachel

"Photography has actually been something that's made me nervous. I always get weird about taking pictures solo or in groups because I'm not sure what I should do with each part of my body! I'll get upset about where my arm is placed in a photo or where my foot was. However, I've embraced a lot of my awkwardness in photos and just kinda let it go. I have to take head shots a good amount for my major and career and I figured 'Whatever, if it looks good, then little things don't matter.' Photography has become something that I've learned to embrace with all of my flaws!" - Zoe

"To me, photography tells a story. It has the ability to paint a picture in stone that includes everything from the rising action, to the thrilling conclusion. Just a simple photo can open up a world that has years of history behind it. Every person, place, or thing photographed has a history worth telling. So tell your story with a photo." - Tyler

"I don't really take many pictures of things because I try to make myself be present instead of living through a screen. When I take pictures, it's usually to share something really special to me with people who are really special to me. Whether it be something as spectacular as performing Carnegie Hall, to something as simple as a moment of self love." - Tess

"Photography gives me the opportunity to snap a simple yet powerful moment in my life. Whether it's a sunset from your backyard or the waves crashing onto the sand at the beach. Photography, itself, is a simple yet powerful concept as a whole and I'm forever grateful that we all have the option of taking a snapshot from any part of our normal days as it's a visual memory for us to relive whenever we want to." - Rose

To me, photography means a lot. When I was younger, I thought I was going to grow up to be a professional photographer. I learned so much about cameras and even took a photography class and learned the details. Most people take a snapshot on their phone, but I love the aspect of film. You have one shot to get it right (or multiple if you are fine with not being able to delete the photo.) There is something special about not spending forever (even though I still do) taking multiple photos to get the perfect shot. You're living in a moment. The photo is more about capturing the memory, not about capturing the most beautiful view.

Next time you go to take a photo, appreciate the fact that you're able to, and don't focus on getting it perfect.

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.

It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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Predictions For 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'



The official trailer for "Spider-Man: Far From Home" just got released, and I'm very excited about it, but also a tiny bit nervous! The movie serves as a sequel to the 2017 MCU film "Spider-Man: Homecoming" and will also serve as the first movie since the events of "Avengers: Endgame" (which, as I said before, there are SPOILERS FOR AHEAD!).

The trailer depicts Peter Parker (Tom Holland) mourning his friend and mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr), going on vacation, and discovering a multi-verse. The character of Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), at least in this movie, comes from an alternate reality/dimension.

Personally, after watching the trailer, I strongly believe a few different things: First of all, I'm fairly confident that Peter will stop being secretive about his Spider-Man identity (Ned, Aunt May, and MJ already know, and I wouldn't be surprised if others have also found out). I also think that Happy will start helping Peter more, at least to honor Tony Stark's wishes if nothing else. We'll also probably get to see Peter healing from the loss of Tony, and eventually moving on.

Moving on to the multi-verse stuff, I think it's legit. In the comics, Mysterio has a bit of a reputation for lying, to say the least, which leads some fans to believe that the multi-verse will end up being a fake thing. I disagree!

We got a glimpse of a multi-verse in a different Spidey move, "Into the Spider-verse". Of course, the events of "Avengers: Endgame" also helped to set up for the possibility of multiple different worlds. Doctor Strange hinted at the possibility of such a thing, too.

There is no doubt in my mind that everything that we saw in the trailer is legitimate. I can't wait to see where Marvel takes this one, and I cannot wait for July.

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