Saturday, May 21, 2011

Five Questions for a Photographer: Ann Wright

If you've been reading High Coup Journal for any length of time, you may have noticed that little photo credit to Ann Wright.  Hopefully you've taken a little time to browse her extensive gallery of photography.  What you may not know is that she has also been featured in CNN's iReport and  Oh, and we have her here today.  Let's see what she has to say...

1. What's your favorite subject for photography?

It may sound a bit cliche, but I love doing nature photos.  Nature cooperates a lot nicer than human elements for one, but there's so much that we pass by day to day, that we don't notice.  I try to bring that to the forefront.  You may not notice that tiny purple flower growing out of the crack in the sidewalk, but I do.  More recently, snow is playing a huge part in my creativity.  Capturing individual snowflakes, a dusting of snow on a branch, it's really the little things in life that matter the most.

2. Haiku in a way is like a snapshot composed in words.  How do you compare photography to poetry?

Photography and poetry are so similar!  Each tell a story from the point of view from the artist.

With poetry or 
haiku, we are free to be

No matter what form of writing you prefer (haiku, iambic pentameter, freestyle, etc), you get to see the world from someone else's point of view.  You feel what they feel.  Photography is no different.  I focus on things that not everyone can really "see" day to day, I want people to see what I see, to feel what I feel.

3. You've been published on CNN's iReport and have a gallery on deviantArt.  What's the difference between exhibition and publication?

For me, exhibition is almost a first step.  You put yourself out there, get feedback, the world is your critic.  With publication, you've been chosen.  Someone, somewhere appreciates what you've done and has decided to help show the world what you see.  Either one is very flattering, but being published is so much more fun!

4. How do you differentiate between "artful" photography and the kind of stuff that just ends up in the family photo album?

Family Photo Albums... For people who scrapbook or do the family album thing, those photos are there to capture a moment, a memory in an instant and bring you back to that place.  They're kind of like an external filing system for your brain.  Take a picture really quick so you can remember what happened.  "Art" photography can be similar-- to capture a moment or a memory, but art photography captures the emotion that was attached to the event.  Take for instance the famous V-J Day photo taken in Times Square of the sailor kissing a nurse.  My father was 4 years old when that photo was taken, my mother not even born yet.  Those people are of no relation to me, yet I can feel the sense of elation, joy, of utter celebration in the photo.  Compared to that of a simple family album photo, they both may still be meaningful, but have very different empathetic emotions attached to them.

5. How do you decide on the exact moment to snap the shutter?

Timing is everything!  You have to know the machine you're working with-- how fast the shutter clicks in every kind of light and the estimated speed of the subject your photographing.  I recently attended a scrimmage of the South Bend Roller Girls, South Bend, Indiana's local roller derby team, where my timing was truly tested.  Some are hits, some are misses, and sometimes you're just plain lucky!

ANN WRIGHT, formerly of Whitehall, Ohio, currently resides in Plymouth, Indiana uses a Nikon P90 Digital Camera.  Featured on CNN iReport,, and published in the 2010 and 2011 Cute Overload Calendars along with High Coup Magazine.  Online galleries can be found on Deviant Art and on Facebook.

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