So this is my first entry in the communal blog we have for this wonderful program. I will, therefore, introduce myself:
Hello! My name is Elyse Lenore Leyenberger. I graduated in May from UArts with a BFA in Photography with a minor in Art History. I was lucky enough to recieve the opportunity to intern with a fellow alumnus of our wonderful university, and am very excited for the month ahead of me.
Back to business! Asbury is a really cool town full of neat shops and restaurants, which Andrei was kind enough to give me a short walking tour of. We travelled the neighborhood and he pointed out good places to park and good places to grab a bite.
Back at the studio we talked about our goals for this experience. Andrei is interested in learning more about Adobe software to maximize his workflow, and I want to better understand the business side of things and what makes his operation tick. His operation is rather small, so although he may not need me to do work for him every time I am there, he wants me to work on my portfolio and learn his equipment during my time in the studio. This is a great perk for me, because I have lots of ideas of how I want to change and improve my current portfolio to fit my goals.
So today, Andrei was busy working through some event photos he had shot. As he did that, he challenged me to set up some still lives using difficult surfaces and unusual set ups. So I kept busy in the studio making photographs. Pretty nice deal, if I do say so myself!