ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

After 11 years and four different majors, photography junior Amanda Davis says her goal is to become a major name within the photography world.

Using her 40-year old manual Yashica film camera, the former computer engineering, nursing and theater major says she uses Mother Nature’s wonders to create luminous and spellbinding photography.

After graduation, Davis plans to open her own art studio here in South Florida, and then, hopefully in about 10 years, have a book published with all of her nature-themed artwork.

Q: What inspired you to become a photography major?

A: I actually didn’t choose it as my major at first. I stumbled upon it after I had already changed my major three times. I decided to take an introductory class on photography, and two weeks into the class I had found something that I loved and really enjoyed.

Q: So what was it that drew you into the field of photography?

A: I would have to say that the dark room was what really drew me into this field. In the dark room, I am able to control everything that happens and I love that. I can manipulate the photo just how I want.

Q: Are there any extra programs you use to develop your photos besides the dark room?

A: Besides the dark room, I use version CS3 of Photoshop. I’ve been using it for a year now and really like it. I even bought a book to teach more me things that I can do with the photos.

Q: Do you ever plan your photos out, or do you prefer to go with the flow when taking them?

A: Both. It just depends on what kind of photo I am trying to take or what kind of mood I am in at that moment.

Q: What kinds of pictures or themes do you enjoy working on?

A: I enjoy taking nature-themed photos. I like going to local parks and even the Everglades to get good photos in. But I most enjoy taking photos of models, and I hope to do this as a career after I graduate. Sometimes, I just call up some friends and have them come over, dress up and do a modeling show for me.

Q: Who are your inspirations for your photography?

A: Some of my inspirations for my photography are other famous artists, like Jeff Wall, Ansel Adams and Annie Leibovitz. They have amazing stuff that I like.

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