Naomi beautifully captured a portrait of a young boy in India. Now it’s part of San Diego’s Museum of Photographic Arts “Dreamscapes” exhibition, on display through March 28.
MoPA in Balboa Park holds an annual, themed, juried youth photography exhibition, in which students in grades K-12 are invited to submit their images. The 2019 theme is Dreamscapes; students were encouraged to “explore their dreams, hopes and fears or create a dream-like landscape.” Of the hundreds of submissions, Naomi’s photo was among the 100 selected for display.
Q. How long have you been doing photography? What inspired your interest?
A. Honestly, ever since I was a toddler, experimenting with a toy camera, to a pre-teen, obsessively taking pictures on my flip phone, to a teenager, either capturing “artsy" shots on an iPhone or high-quality images on a digital camera, I’ve always been captivated by photography. Something in the obscure details, movements, and narratives of the world around me evidently lured me into this unique form of art and has prompted me to spend my free time exploring the depths of it. What really piqued my interest, however, was a photography trip I took to India during the summer of 2018, in which I got to spend time with locals and use photography to connect with them as well as truly tell a story.
Q. Who here at Bishop's has helped and supported you in your art?
A. Ms. Wepsic has been my greatest supporter here at Bishop’s. I remember, early last year, I came to her with loads of images and no idea what to do with them. She took me under her wing and fully supported me in my artistic endeavors, even though, at the time, I didn’t have a class with her. Ms. Wepsic has provided me with the tools and opportunities to not only showcase my art, but also develop my interest in photography.
Q. Do you have favorite subjects for your photos?
I love taking photographs of people. As I am fortunate enough to travel, the photographs I take are aimed at capturing the beauty in all types of people, regardless of gender, race, socioeconomic status, etc. I tend to look at my art through a photojournalistic perspective. I aim at using thought-provoking images, and the stories embedded in them to expose people to countless cultures, lifestyles, and perspectives.
Naomi’s Artist’s Statement:
This photograph portrays a young rural Indian boy named Ishu, who just seconds before I captured this photo, was busily running around and playing with friends. In this piece I strove to capture a monochromatic and aesthetically serene moment at the perfect instance, using Rembrandt lighting to focus in on a moment of harmony, even if it’s only for a split second. The photographs I take are aimed at portraying a narrative and allowing someone else to feel as if they were there with me, behind the camera, encapsulated by the entirety of the moment. I wanted to show how this rural boy obviously comes from poverty, yet there’s still a spark in his emerald eyes and a sense of hope for a “better tomorrow.”