Saturday Spotlight: Kayla Farrish

In this blog we'll be spotlighting some of our students to celebrate their work and achievements, and learn a little more about the people behind this creative endeavor we call BKC.  This week meet Kayla Farrish!   A recent graduate of Digital Photo I, Kayla shares some of her thoughts on photography and getting inspired.  Read on:


How do you get inspired?

I'm really inspired by our human experiences. What makes us blush, how we feel when we're in love, what we do even in fear, our whim and magic, how we are burdened, what's in our webs of intimacy and onwards. Music, writing, dance, film, reading, and photography allows me to get closer to people, and to more unfolding questions. 


What's your daily routine - How do you approach shooting?

Both with some planning like screenwriting or choreographing because I have to borrow a camera from friends. I also improvise and love to shoot when I am inspired by some idea of image. I like to set up the camera and do self portraiture work with a timer- running back and forth. I also like to set up my space and lighting creatively with what's in the room. I love shallow depth of field, the mystery of -2 exposure, a bit of blur sometimes, motion, and mood and emotion.


What do you look for when you shoot?

I look for how I see a person. I look for feeling, movement, light, and honesty.


Do you work in the creative industries? If so, how do you find balance between work demands and your personal creative pursuits?

I grew up dancing and am now a freelance professional dancer. My personal creative pursuits luckily intertwine. I've always choreographed growing up, and I discovered a strong interest in studying photography in college and also developed an interest in film from performing in numerous dance films post-school. The past 2-3 years I have kept journals of my new choreographic ideas. I find that they all mostly unfold within imagery and through cinematic quality of film (video). I have absolutely loved adding photography and film as mediums to dance. Dance can be more interpretive or a bit more internal and the lens of a camera can help translate the feeling, meaning, and story. The camera creates intimacy in my work. My choreographic projects this year have included dance, film, and also photo series with writings in between.

I balance the work demands of teaching Pilates whenever I can, and also continuing to freelance. 
 

How did you become interested in photography? Has that interest changed or grown over time?

Photography became the first art form I admired from afar as a viewer. I took a course in college that I thought would be an introduction to photography in techniques and learning how to use a camera. However, it was actually a course of the themes, concepts, and history of photography instead. I loved it! We looked at various genres- original family portrait, landscape, street, erotic, voyeurism, portrait and so on. We evaluated meanings through discussion and essays. I was hooked on photography since. I'm happy I got to get a hold of the camera through my Photography 1 course at BKC.


What did you most enjoy from the course[s] at BKC?

I loved how incredibly helpful this course was for any one interested in using a camera. The technical information and methods for using a camera were all clear, broken down, and even personal in describing the functions of each camera for each person. I was excited and amazed to learn how to use this tool with my own creativity and perspective. It was inspiring to see the work of others and also have a teacher encourage you and gives you new ideas or ways to explore your voice farther!

I feel like I got the start I needed to begin making my film work and various photography series. 
 

Any other comments, ideas, remarks?

The camera is so cool because you get to project what you imagine or what you see into an image! A product! 

I loved and am thankful I got to take this course at BKC. I love portraiture and self portrait work so much!

 

Follow Kayla on Instagram @decentstructures_arts and @fulloutfarrish

Sign up (and save $50) for the next Digital Photo I starting this Monday

Submit! Summer Print Sale

Hey Students!  

Did you make some amazing work during or after your BKC class that you'd like to share?   We're having a big Print Sale Show in June to give all of you a chance to show off your best and maybe sell some work.  Any and all projects created and photographs captured since your first BKC class is eligible for submission.  

Submit up to 10 digital images to our Print Sale, featuring work from our students and staff.  Accepted work will be printed free-of-charge by BKC, to be displayed during the show, as well as on our online Print Gallery.   
 
Submissions are due by June 8.  Show opens June 22.  
To make a submission, go here:

REALTALK 02: Creativity For Positive Change

Featured Guests

Julia Guo (Art director, Huge Agency)
David Everly (Art director, Huge Agency)
Caroline Matthews  (Designer, CNN)
Lanna Apisukh (Social media consultant)
The Reproductive Health Access Project

What is the role of the artist, designer, or creative professional when it comes to effecting positive change?  How can we maximize our experience, talents and skills towards creating a better future?  Join us as we discuss the current reality, and how creative folks can harness their abilities to contribute in various ways.  We'll be open to any dialogue and contributions regarding the topic, including social, political, environmental and community-oriented change.   

 

FREE*

*Future REALTALKS will be free for Members and $10 for non-members

RSVP HERE

WHAT ARE REALTALKS?

Here at BKC we value building community though open and honest discussion.  Starting in 2017 we'll be programming REALTALKS, a series of thoughtful and free-flowing dialogue exploring the intersection between creativity and commerce.  Each event will feature special guests from across the creative industry and highlight a topic covering various areas of the creative process, from getting inspired to growing your vision to creating sustainable business practices.  

This premiere REALTALK is completely free to the public, and a taste of things to come with our new BKC Members Program starting this month, which will provide many more topical discussions, community critiques, motivating assignments and lot more.

Submit to #RESIST Show: Friday March 17

Submit to #RESIST Show: Friday March 17


Calling all photographic artists! What does resistance mean to you? What does the reaction to the current political climate look like? Does your work promote or highlight a marginalized group? We want to hear from you!

On Friday March 17th BKC will host the #RESIST! Show, curated by our own Sally Bozzuto and James Reddington.  Any work that utilizes lens-based media that relates to the theme of #Resist will be considered. This includes photography, photo-montage, photo collage and photo-illustration. 

All proceeds will be donated to the Reproductive Health Access Project, an organization that provides training and supporting clinicians to make reproductive health care accessible to everyone and the Ali Forney Center, an organization that protects LGBTQ+ youths from the harms of homelessness and empowers them with the tools needed to live independently.

SUBMIT NOW! 

 

#MARCH2RESIST Planned Parenthood Week

Photo by Monika Kratochvil

Photo by Monika Kratochvil

Happy International Women's Day!


Starting today through March 14th each class you register for on our website will donate 25% of proceeds to Planned Parenthood for our month long #MARCH2RESIST.  Each year PP helps over 2.5 million people that come through their door in their 650 locations throughout the country, these dedicated providers are crucial to women's healthcare.  So let's show our continued support for Planned Parenthood by signing up for a class this week!  

Plus, every SATURDAY we'll be donating 100% of all proceeds from bookings made that day to each of the organizations we announced in our last newsletter.  Join us in pledging to support these important missions throughout #March2Resist.   Or if you'd prefer, just go ahead anddonate on your own.  

Learn More

The Results Are In! #March2Resist

You came, you voted.  Your voice was heard and now we present the four organizations that will be the recipients of 25% of BKC's proceeds in March:

Mar 1 - Mar 7 - The American Civil Liberties Union

Mar 8 - Mar 14 - Planned Parenthood

Mar 15 - Mar 21 - The Southern Poverty Law Center

Mar 22 - Mar 28 - Everytown For Gun Safety

Also, every SATURDAY we'll be donating 100% of all proceeds to these distinguished organizations.  Join us in pledging to support these important causes throughout the month of March.