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The Residency Program turned my interest in an artistic practice into a full-blown commitment.

Country of origin: South Africa 

In which Residency Program(s) did you participate?
Photography, 2010

What led you to participate in the Summer Residency Program?
I have sought out various lines of work: writing, acting, documentary film, photojournalism, and artist. At some point during my photojournalism phase, when I idolized photographers such as Damon Winter and Todd Heisler, I realized that photojournalism was a dead career move in addition to being somewhat ethically unsound. I was at a loss as to what to do with the camera and so I wanted to experiment with photography as an artistic practice. 

What was the best part of your experience at SVA? 
Working six days a week for twelve hours a day. And faculty member Corinne May Botz.

How did the Residency Program contribute to your development as a professional artist, designer, etc?
It turned my interest in an artistic practice into a full-blown commitment. 

What's going on in your studio now?
Crap. Crap. Crap. I could and probably should refer to it as experimentation but really I am just making a ton of crap in order to get to the good stuff.  

Is there anything else you'd like to share about your experiences in the program or after?
It was baptism by fire, and were it not for the program, I might be making incredibly bad photographs or documentary films. In fact, I am sure of it. 

 

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