Katie Harper, a senior in studio arts with an emphasis in photography, sat down with Scroll writer Samantha Smiley to talk about art and the real world.
Why did you choose photography?
I chose it because I thought it was a niche art, and I wanted to take social documentary photos. But the more I got into the program, the more I realized that I have to make my own niche. Nowadays, everyone thinks they’re a photographer.
When did you decide you wanted to be a photographer?
My senior year in high school I was involved in the theatre program, and someone needed to document the production for a director. I volunteered and fell in love with photographing people.
So do you enjoy photographing people the most?
Yes. Photographing people in social situations is what I love. I love capturing a scene as if I wasn’t there.
What do you want to do with your BYU-I degree?
I want to get my Master’s degree and work for the government or the Church and document members or people all over the world. Or teach. That’s why I want to go to grad school.
What’s your favorite color?
Brown, because it’s just a muddy mix of all other colors. And nobody likes brown. It’s neglected.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
That’s really hard. I guess Italy. It’s where my family is from, and I just love it.
Do you have a favorite artist?
Caravaggio. He’s a fascinating painter, and the light and contrast and implied line of his paintings are amazing.
If you could have chosen another major, what would have been your second choice?
Physics. I fell in love with it in high school and loved how it was a pure, true science. I’ve taken classes here, and I still love it.
So, being a photographer, do you take your own family photos?
No. We’ve tried to use a timer, but it just doesn’t work. My family is too big, and the kids move all over the place.