During my last four and a half years attending Northern Michigan University, I never thought I would spend my last semester before graduation living back at home in the middle of a pandemic. My home town has a population of less than 300 people. But during these last few months, I have been able to look back and contemplate the things I have learned in addition to my formal education.
Using digital photography, Lightroom, and Photoshop, I was able to create the series, “What I’ve Learned.” Each photo has a short phrase or the “life lesson” I learned along with the corresponding image. Though each particular lesson may not have a broad meaning to some, they are the things that I was able to use as a guide to get myself through my college years. Little did I know that I wouldn’t only learn the history of photography, how to maneuver the darkroom, and how to use Photoshop, but also basic life lessons properly.
This series is essential to me because these small things have helped me learn to overcome the hardships. My goal is to inspire and influence individuals who are just starting their college careers through this series. To show them that it is okay to take things slow, learn as you go, and trust the process.