Intellectual Post- Natalie Prescott

1. Give some basic information about your studies and fields of interest.

 I am majoring in Studio Arts with an emphasis in Photography and Art History. I’m also minoring in Business. I transferred here from a state college in Florida. I enjoy shooting nature and wildlife and hope to be printed in National Geographic one day. My photography has been published in two photography books. Right now I do free lance work and am planning to open my own photography business after I’m done with school.

2. Describe an exhibition that you liked or found impressive. Tell us why. Please provide a link to a website, if possible.

3. Which books did you read of late (art, fiction, non-fiction)? Pick one and go into detail about it.

I just got done reading the first two books in the Twilight Saga and currently working on the third. I also just finished an advice book by Gary Chapman called Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married.

4. What are your main interests besides art?

 My main interests besides art are Snowboarding, working out, watching movies with my fiance, and working on my photography free-lance business.

5. Which blogs do you check regularly?

I check out Iman Woods blog from time to time. She is a Denver photographer who specializes in 40s and 50s pin-up style photography and paintings. She gives a lot of great advice to artists and women on her blog. http://imanwoods.blogspot.com/

6. Which cultural event has really impressed you lately? This can be a museum, a concert, or anything like that, but also a sports game (if you consider this a cultural event for which there are good reasons). Or anything I am not even thinking of … Again, tell us why.

 I just recently visited the Denver Aquarium downtown. I thought about going to San Diego University and studying underwater photography so living in Colorado and being able to visit sea-life like that really impressed me. Even though it is not quite like taking my underwater camera snorkeling and diving with me in South Florida it is still nice to have that experience so far from the ocean.

7. Please describe briefly an article in a newspaper or a magazine that got you thinking lately. Reading online is fine, and what you introduce here does not have to be about art. If the respective article is available online, please link to it!

I read an article that Iman Woods wrote and published online about up and coming photographers. She wrote about how you can look at other people’s work and take and learn from it without copying it exactly. And if you do take from someone’s work then you should give that artist due credit. The article had much more useful information in it that helped me start to think about what direction I want to go in with my own work . I have searched for the link but can not find it. If I come across it I will post it on the blog…

8. Please share with us a thought or an idea that really widened your intellectual horizon. Again, this must not be limited to the visual arts. If possible, give a source for this idea so that others know where to go to if they are interested.

I am in a Special Topics Art class called History and Theory of Photography. In the first class we had on Friday our professor introduced the class by asking “What is History to you?” He asked how far back does time have to go to be apart of history or what does the event have to be to become apart of history. I had never thought about history in reference to photography before. It made me think of where we would be historically without photography to capture the events of the past. He showed us a picture of man’s first steps on the moon and asked us what kind of history this is? This conversation in class made me think about the importance of photography historically and how important it will continue to be in the future.
9. Have you been to the Denver Art Museum, MCA Denver and BMoca Boulder? Describe one art object or a show you remember seeing.
 I have been to the Denver Art Museum. I remember seeing a work by Sandy Skoglund called  “Fox Games”. This work stuck out to me because of the color and scale. It is of gray life-size foxes in an entirely red room. It combines various elements to create an imaginatively creative world. The elements of color, sculpture, space, and frozen time work together in making this fantastic world. I remember being in DAM and seeing this installation. It made me stop and stare for a few minutes and I couldn’t walk away without taking a photo of the piece.

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