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Before GretelI'm alone and hungry.
The ground is coated in dead leaves, sodden from last night's rainfall and cutting at my bare heels as I stumble on. All I can think of is food. Hot cocoa and warm pies, roast duck-
A mirage appears. It must be a mirage and not a house made of food. The walls are gingerbread, the window frames are laced with icing sugar and the path beneath my feet is made of sugar cane.
In a daze I break off a piece of the door. It opens.
“Come inside dearie, I’ve been meaning to make dinner.”
Who will perform the autopsy?There is a forest painted in
scorching red, fire blooming
beneath its dirt-caked skin,
smoke skimming leaves
as plumes of flame snicker
behind the tail of a doe.
Coals coating tree-trunks,
hungry for life, it devours
the same way they ravaged her
when she said 'no'.
Bright eyes morph into murkiness
as the inferno marches.
When rust washed down
her throat, she did not scream,
only begged for them to stop.
Beneath the ash,
they find her body.
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1.- Interview with: JenFruzz
2.- Art exhibiting (Various artists)
3.- Selected favorites
4.- Especial feature from a forum post
Jen, is a nature photographer from Massachusetts, USA and a deviant since 2004. You'll find her featuring artists, hanging out in the chat rooms (specifically ShareZone, welcome and devart), occasionally lurking in the forums, and always browsing art.
I first met her in ShareZone about 8 or 9 months ago. I was needing help with some particular matter and she was very helpful and kind.
She is strongly committed to the community. Among other things, she is active in the following groups: CRPhotography, WOW-Macros, seniormentors, projecteducate, communityrelations, iPhotograph, DAWelcomeWagon and dAmnHub.
She writes community-related articles like Getting Involved on DA: Features and DA Chats: Why You Should Be Using Them. She also wrote an APN article in conjunction with two other artists: Tips for the APN Photographer.
Q: Hello Jen, welcome to the 8th issue of People+Arts. It's a big pleasure to interview you. Let's start with two simple questions: who is Jen and how would you describe yourself?
A: Oh man, these "simple" questions are the most difficult for me! I'll do my best to sound interesting I'm Jen, which seems obviously due to my username... But you might be surprised how many people I have come across on DA that ask me what my name is. Anyway, I am a 26 year old bank supervisor and hobbyist photographer from Massachusetts, United States. I was recently a geologist but I decided to choose a different path. I'm rambling.
Who am I and how do I describe myself... Hmm... I am a somewhat loud-mouthed New Englander with a tendency toward incidental snobbery (this does not come out on DA, never fear) and a lively sense of humor. I am a horseback rider, photographer (duh), avid reader/writer, and dancer at the bar with friends. I'll stop now before the snoring begins. hehe
Q: Which kind of art are you working with? Do you have an education in this kind of art, or are you self-taught?
A: I am a photographer by art-trade. I have zero formal education and tons of informal education, primarily all from DeviantArt! Every piece of advice and critique is the education that helps me to improve. So, I am self-taught but lots of assistance.
Q: Why this kind of art? Which are the ingredients for success in this kind of art?
A: I can't really pin down why I attached myself to photography. I think it was because I liked the idea of seeing something that everyone else can--like a flower or a cloudy sky--and attempting to turn it into something different that would make people stop and wonder how something so ordinary could suddenly become softer, darker, sad, or happy... Any number of emotions. I'm sure this is a common theme for many artists. I just happen to work better behind a camera than with ink or paint.
Q: When did you start working with this kind of art? What was the motivation?
A: I was getting ready to start high school when I first picked up my dad's Yashica SLR. I didn't have a single clue what I was doing with it but I figured out how to load some film and went into my back yard. Had no clue what composition was. Just saw something I thought was interesting or pretty and started snapping.
Here is one of those old SLR photos from 2004 :
Q: Who or what has inspired your artistic life and why?
A: Nature. Nature has always first and foremost inspired me when it comes to photography and art as a whole. I sort of touched on it already but the reason I love nature photography is because it gives me a chance to photograph some instant in time that I find beautiful and show it to others the way I see it.
Q: How would you describe your style? How has it evolved over the years?
A: Bold. Colorful. High contrast. I think those sum it up pretty nicely. My style has certainly changed over time but has always shown hints of the bold, colorful, and contrast-y. I just learned how to utilize it better as the years went. Editing is my favorite part of photography!
Q: Do you start with a precise idea before any particular artwork or do you leave your creativity to flow freely?
A: My "starting point" is my location. I think about where I want to go to take photos and it goes from there! Some common places are local state forests, ponds, parks, and flower nurseries. Most of my flower shots were taken in garden centers!
Q: What are your tools of the trade?
A: I have a Canon t3i, the stock 18-55mm, a stock telephoto... And then my favorite lens ever, the 100mm f/2.8 macro. Love, love, love! Then I have some other equipment. A couple flashes, some other lighting things, tripod, remote... All that good stuff.
Q: As a photographer, how important is editing in a final product?
A: Ooh... This is a matter of great debate. It really depends on the taste of the photographer. I love editing. It's my favorite part of the process. I can snap a photograph and it will look like what my eyes see... But that is not necessarily what my imagination sees. Editing is where all the fun begins! I can turn something ordinary into something completely different.
Q: What would be the most valuable lesson you've learned in your artistic journey, so far?
A: I've learned many valuable lessons during my time as a photographer. I think the most valuable for me is to always experiment. When I first picked up that camera and had the film developed, I thought I did such a fantastic job. Then, shortly after, I joined DeviantArt and saw all of this fantastic artwork. I thought "no way can I get this good" but instead of quitting right there, I started experimenting and nearly eleven years later... I am still experimenting but having more fun each time I try something new.
Q: What kind of art do you like to watch and enjoy the most?
A: I love to watch people paint. Because I am so severely lacking in the "paint skill" category, I am utterly fascinated by watching others at their craft!
Q: What reasons motivated you to create an account on DeviantArt and what keeps you wishing to stay?
A: My best friend joined DeviantArt the day before me. She told me about this awesome website to upload photographs and get some feedback for improvement. I signed up right away and the rest is history! But, more than just getting advice on my photos, the community really keeps me here. I've made great friends and have had a lot of fun being involved in the projects I help out with.
Q: What do you enjoy the most about your own DeviantArt experience?
A: I basically just touched on it. The community is by far my favorite part of DeviantArt. I could go take a photography class somewhere and get lessons and advice. I could do the same thing on google. But only on DA can I actually make friends of all skill levels, from around the world, who I can learn from, teach, and grow with. It's an awesome experience.
Q: What are your responsibilities as a community volunteer?
A: I get to do all sorts of fun things as a CV. I help to represent the Animals, Plants, & Nature photography category so I'm responsible for choosing deviations to feature as Daily Deviations from that category (feel free to send me suggestions! My guidelines are on my profile page ). I also get to help host and participate in community-wide events, projects... I don't think I am doing the description of the position justice though. But! You can get more info here: FAQ #85: Can I be a volunteer on DeviantArt?
Q: Aside from DeviantArt, what brings joy into your life?
A: Lots of things. Friends, family, fun times. It does not take much to put a smile on my face. I try to enjoy the little things in life each day.
Q: Thank you very much Jen. Can you leave a final comment to all DeviantArt members?
A: Don't be afraid to ask questions. Many of the community members on DA are willing to talk to you! If you find some art that you really love, ask the artist how they achieved their final piece. If you're confused on how to improve, ask someone for advice. The chat and forum networks are fantastic tools... Use them to your advantage! Just remember to have fun while you're making your artwork and it will come through in the quality of the work you produce.