Five Questions with Katelyn Wang
Current Occupation: Student
Workshops: Bali: Island of the Gods
Instructors: Jamie Rose, John Christopher Anderson
1. What motivated you to take a workshop and why did you pick Momenta?
I was looking for a workshop that really allowed me to dive deep into photography, while simultaneously giving me an opportunity to explore a new place. It’s usually one or the other. When I came upon Momenta I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. I signed up right away!
2. What surprised you most about the location you visited?
I have never met a group of people as kind as the ones we encountered on our journey around the island. Everyone was so welcoming to us, and they were so happy to interact and engage with us. It made me feel more confident about my own being there in a foreign country, and I think it made a big difference in my photography too.
3. What was the best lesson you took away from your workshop?
4. What was your favorite photograph from this workshop & why?
It’s honestly hard to pick just one photograph because looking back, they all remind me of different memorable experiences from my time in Bali. My personal favorite photograph would have to be a picture I took at the Jimbaran fish market before dawn. The colors that morning were extraordinary — it was so worth the 5 a.m. departure! It was our second visit to this location, and I’m so glad we came back. The extra time, as well as a more in-depth understanding of the space, really brought out what I was hoping to achieve in my images. We then had the most spectacular breakfast feast with fresh seafood that we picked out from the market and then watched be grilled just a few feet away. What a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
5. What would you tell a potential student to help them prepare for their experience with Momenta?
My name is Katelyn Wang, and I’m an 18-year-old photographer from Los Angeles, California!
My photography aims to showcase the way I see the world, with a focus on the beauty that is present all around us. In direct confrontation and absorption of human life, I find beauty and a drive to consistently look deeper and more precisely. In the indirect observation of human beings, I find beauty in process, routine, behavior, lived life. In landscapes, roadways, cut-outs of the larger spheres and sectors of terrestrial existence, I find a reason for spiritual hope in the beautifully imperfect and endlessly various world in which we dwell and observe. Together, these works showcase my different definitions of beauty, collected like postcards from various parts of the world and various moments of my life. In this way, I participate in the formation and sequence of the images, lending not just artistic perspective, but personal situated-ness and honesty.
Here, there is room for all of us. This is my adventure. Seven billion more are waiting. Find yours.
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