Rose & Xia Xia Senior Shows

Rose Letsinger Interview:

 

The Project: What is your favorite piece in your show?

Rose: Oh! It’s this one of my friend Emily and it’s called “Wild Thing,” named after the song by Noah and the Whale, and it’s in this little plant shop and all these flowers and everything are shadowing her face and it’s so pretty. The lighting was perfect.

 

The Project: Did you have any inspirations for your show?

Rose: So my themes were kind of my inspiration in a way, things like simplicity and authenticity. I just really wanted to draw from that rawness of life and also from nature and beauty and everything. Also the people that I took photos of were a big inspiration.

 

The Project: What challenges did your face while putting this together?

Rose: Film photography! Gosh, I didn’t actually know how to do film photography when I went into it, so it was me buying really expensive film that I didn’t think was going to be that expensive and then being on my way to a photoshoot and frantically texting Mr. Bonn saying, “I don’t know how this camera works!” But I figured it out. I also had the fear that my film wasn’t going to turn out!

 

The Project: Do you have a message that you want to convey in your show?

Rose: Yes! I want to use authenticity and simplicity to show people’s stories. What I’m trying to say is, “Be yourself,” as cheesy as that is, but that’s the most authentic way to live, to just be yourself. Everyone is so different and so unique and it’s really beautiful, even if there’s imperfections in that, and that’s kind of what the show is saying.

 

The Project: What advice would you give to younger/underclassmen artists?

Rose: Don’t go into film photography if you don’t know how to do it! (Laughing) Be unique in what you do. Have a vision for your art and have an idea of what you want your art to be and brand your art in a sense so you have a message and it’s different from everyone else’s. Sometimes it’s easy to do what everyone else is doing in photography, like for me, I went out and did film because I wanted to do something different and unique. Once you know enough to branch out, you should go in your direction. Don’t be afraid to do something new.

 

The Project: Is there anything you want to say in general?

Rose: Through this project I hope people see that simple living and simplicity is a really cool thing even though we don’t see that a lot in America. But maybe people will see through the simple structure of the photos that as hard as it might be to look into the meaning of it all that living authentically and living in a simple way is really cool and you can get a lot more out of life by living through relationships and simple things.

 

Another-Story Drifting-Away Little-Bird Rare-Hearts Sunday-Smile wild-thing

 

Xia Xia Interview:

 

The Project: What is your favorite piece in your show?

Xia Xia: Oh that’s hard. I think my favorite would be my India shots because of the vivid colors in them. They’re really unique.

 

The Project: Did you have any inspirations for your show?

Xia Xia: I knew in the beginning that I wanted to do something with culture. I really love traveling the world. I knew I wanted to do photography, so I went with pieces that really show my freshman through my senior year and the progress that I’ve made.

The Project: What challenges did your face while putting this together?

Xia Xia: I think just coming up with the main ideas because I actually got denied four times for my ideas.

 

The Project: Do you have a message that you want to convey in your show?

Xia Xia: I just want people to see culture from a different perspective and motivate people to go out into the world and embrace the culture.

 

The Project: What advice would you give to younger/underclassmen artists?

Xia Xia: Don’t over criticize yourself, you will feel like a failure! Just be happy with your work and enjoy what you think is good!

 

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