Ever since I was a child, I have known that I wanted to live in a big city. This year I decided it was time to introduce myself to NYC, and ventured to the city on my own. When planning where I would visit on my trip the Fashion Institute of Technology was top priority on my list; I could not wait to see the campus come alive!
As I toured the campus I felt a pulsing energy flowing through the students and faculty. Everyone seemed to have their own fashion-forward style, with no concern about what others thought of them; it was my dream come true! Though the tour didn’t exclusively show us the photography department, I found my way to it on my own. After dragging my suitcase twenty blocks, losing a wheel on the way, and a quick change into my black wedges before I stepped into the building, I was excited to see something great. I walked onto the floor and saw students setting up window displays and holding cameras tethered to studio lights. I felt right at home.
I meandered about until someone sitting on a bench said something about my one-legged fuchsia and one-legged deep blue tights. I’d caught the attention of professor Curtis Willocks. I laughed and told him that I sewed my two tights together when they got a run. He told me about the program and brought me up to the library filled with every book on fashion you could imagine. As he began to pull out photography books from the shelves and open them on the table, I could not hold back squeals of excitement. It was fascinating to see how much photography was celebrated in the city. This sort of atmosphere was so different from what I am used to in Kalamazoo Michigan. The amount of opportunities to grow, and take photography to the next level blew my mind.
I’m excited to announce that next year I will be attending the Fashion Institute of Technology. It’s the perfect place to study fashion photography because it’s located in the heart of the industry, New York City. The classes offered at FIT are unlike any I’ve seen at other universities. I’m hoping to take Geometry and the Art of Design, Professional Procedures for the Commercial Photographer, Re-touching Pre-Press Solutions for Photographers, The Art and Practice of Self-Defense, Hollywood: A History, and many more courses that will directly apply to my future career and give me first hand experience in the industry.
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