Guest Post: Perceptual and Conceptual - Katrina Castro

I'm pleased to share the work of an up and coming photographer named Katrina Castro.

This collection of work I present to you is a representation of my summer as well as my growth as a photographer. When I returned home to New Jersey for a few months, I had the opportunity to intern for a bit under a wedding photographer. I was able to learn plenty about different sources of lighting, how to utilize it, and giving it a purpose in my photography. I was also able to see a little “behind the scenes” of shooting weddings, with all the hustle and bustle. But what really stuck with me the most were the small conversations about perspective I would have while working with the photographer. He had such great appreciation for what he learned from watching documentaries and reading articles about science, famous people, etc… It really inspired me to get back into reading as well as watching shows with substance. What I really took out of my experience was to stay open minded, don’t be afraid to take risks with your work, try something new instead of keeping the same technique/style. I used my summer back at home to my advantage photography-wise. As you can see from my work, I pretty much take pictures of anything, but my main forte is photographing portraits. I was never a really big fan of taking pictures of landscapes, architecture, or basically anything that didn’t have a face. But I would say I’m pretty versatile with what I do. Eventually, I would love to photograph weddings. This month I had the opportunity to learn a bit from those who did enjoy photographing my least favorite things. We head back to the topic about perspective once again. Photography is perceptual and conceptual to me. What can you physically see that some people may see differently? What can you feel emotionally from a photo that some people may feel differently? I find that’s the beauty of art, there’s no right or wrong. An artist is constantly learning, discovering, and thinking. As an artist myself, I am still learning, discovering what I am capable of with my photography.