A: I guess I’ve always been interested in looking at pictures. It wasn’t until freshman year that I took a visual communication class.
Q: Are you interested in photography as a career?
A: I never really saw it as a career befo re, but it’s opened some doors for me as being in my future if I really wanted to do that.
Q: What types of art are you interested in?
A: Graffiti. Art is really beautiful. You express yourself … what you want others to see on paper, I guess.
Q: What other interests do you have? How do you like to spend your time?
A: I’m really interested in psychology and cooking. I like driving, skating, just hanging out with friends.
Q: What do you plan to do after graduation?
A: Moving to Oregon, going to a community college, work on saving up money, and then transferring to the University of Oregon.
Q: What major would you like to pursue?
A: Psychology and a type of science, not sure yet (which type); and possibly photography.
Q: What activities are you involved in outside of school?
A: I’m a peer educator for Planned Parenthood.
Q: Where did you interest in psychology come from?
A: I like knowing why we do what we do. It’s like the background to who we are as human beings.
Q: Do you have a hero? If so, who is it?
A: Probably my parents.
Q: That’s interesting. Could you talk about why?
A: It’s just you hear about all these kids and they’re doing drugs or doing something and then you see how my family grew up. I’m one of three kids. I’m amazed at how we all grew up and how we came to be. I want to raise my kids like my parents raised me.
Q: How would you define what’s special about your relationship with your parents? You know the stereotypes of how teens don’t get along with their parents.
A: Yes, that they’re always arguing with parents or keeping something from their parents, doing drugs or going out with friends. With my parents, I tell them exactly what I’m doing and where I am. With that, it’s given us a closer relationship. I really look up to my parents.
Q: Tell me about the photograph that you won first place for. Your visual communication class was on a field trip to Seattle?
A: Yes. When we came back from Seattle I was showing my teacher all my pictures and he said you’ve got to put that in the contest. I put in a couple: One of corn, one of a flower. It just came out really nice.
Q: What do you think about when you take a photograph?
A: When you take a picture, you want to take a picture of what you see and get its beauty through the camera.
Everyone sees things differently. People take the same picture and it will come out differently.
Q: How do you use light in photography?
A: I look for color mainly. I took a picture yesterday and it was cloudy and rainy. I try to bring brightness into the dull background. I try to play around with that.
Q: What’s the best part about school?
A: Making friends, and to be honest I’m not much for school, but I have learned some things. It has shown me my passion. The psychology class, that’s pretty much what changed my life.
Some teachers, they’re doing this because it’s their job. Some teachers do it because it’s their passion, and they really care about each of their students. I’m thankful for each of the teachers who do that.
Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486 or email@example.com.