Student Union - Christine Dirkschneider
© 2001, Michael Cerzio, All Rights Reserved
Buena Vista University
Storm Lake, Iowa
Photos © 2001, Christine Dirkschneider, All Rights Reserved
Christine is in her
senior year at the University, working toward a degree in communication
and graphic design.
"The school doesn't have a photography major. Most of the students take
photo courses to learn some basics, but because of my goals, I did a lot
of extra work, and the professors put me on a different level. I didn't
know anything technically about photography when I got here, but I knew
I loved it and wanted to learn how to express myself with it. The school
gave me the tools to do that."
"In my sophomore year I was director of photography for the school newspaper.
I served an internship with photographer Michael Cerizo, and now I'm doing
an internship with an advertising agency, working on video production."
"To have my own fine art portrait studio."
"Michael Cerizo, the photographer I interned with. His specialty is black
and white, and I learned a lot from watching him work. And Duane Michals-I
like his sequence images and the way he often writes on the prints about
what the subjects were thinking or feeling. I also like how he uses long
exposure times to get movement and ghost images in the frame."
"I thought I'd be hesitant approaching people I don't know to take their
portraits, but it turned out I'm very comfortable, and it seems people
are comfortable around me when I take their pictures. Some of the people
here I didn't know at all when I took the pictures."
"I like to experiment with how various light sources affect the emotion
of a portrait and how light helps shape the image of the human body on
Christine Dirkschneider was
recommended to us by Dr. Bruce Ellingson, associate professor of Mass
Communication at Buena Vista University.
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