New Contributor Says, “Greetings!”

View of Lake Union in Seattle, WA

Greetings to everyone!

I wanted to formally introduce myself as a new contributor to the PhotoComment community.

My name is Kathy Ann Bugajsky. I originally hail from Chicago, Illinois where I lived until I graduated college. I then moved to Los Angeles, California where I stayed for eleven years. As of 2008, I have been living in Seattle, Washington. I graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a Bachelors degree in Film/Video and I am currently attending the Academy of Art University through their online classes in order to get my Masters of Fine Arts degree in Photography.

Photography has come in and out of my life for as long as I can remember. I started when I was eight years old by taking a class at the zoo. I came in 1st place and had it displayed. It was of a goat in the foreground looking unamused with kids playing in the background at the petting zoo. It wasn’t a staged photo and no one was making everyone smile so we could remember the day. It was just a mini-moment frozen in time. I eventually stopped taking photos that were interesting and fell into the habit of just documenting moments and forcing people to smile and say “cheese.” Flash forward a couple of decades, I find myself in the pit of a demolition derby with a point and shoot camera having fun taking different pictures and getting these amazing shots. I started carrying my camera with me and shooting everything from architecture to a capful of ketchup at a fast food joint.

Eventually, I out grew my point and shoot and got myself a digital SLR (Pentax K2000) which I named “Gertie.” I take her on walks, show her the town, introduce her to people and generally use her as a companion when I’m alone somewhere.

I started volunteering as a photographer at various film festivals and events. I’ve experimented with various styles and learned a few things such as taking pictures of plants and flowers bores me to death and trying to be abstract nearly burned down my apartment. I thought back lighting colored tissue paper with a candle would look different and interesting. Not realizing that the chemicals they are treated with might as well be soaked in gasoline or lighter fluid. Non-flammable subjects, people and places seem to be more my speed.

I like the way the world looks through a camera. In the movie “Brothers Bloom,” a character named Penelope explains that with pinhole photography, “you can look at the most menial everyday thing, and depending on how your pinhole camera eats the light, it’s warped and peculiar and imperfect. It’s not reproduction, its storytelling.” It’s not just limited to pinholes either. How a photographer approaches the subject is just as important as what the subject is. I find that fascinating.

I look forward to sharing with you things I find/discover both through school and my every day life. There is a fascinating story about a photographer unfolding out of Chicago, a few rainy day/indoor photography projects to try, processes I go through in purchasing some new equipment, a couple of podcasts I enjoy and I have a long train trip planned for late March which I hope to be filled with photographic fun. I’m going to try to gear my articles to all levels of photographers from those who just enjoy photography to active working photographers. I’m going to steer clear of too much technical talk and try to not making anything brand specific.

Please feel free to drop me an email or a comment if you have any topic discussions. I look forward to hearing from you!

– Kathy Ann
“You don’t take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it.” ~Author Unknown