When I thought of working for my aunt with her photography business, I thought it was a perfect idea. I liked taking pictures of nature and I believed it would be a perfect first co-op. My aunt owns Shutterbug Photography in Monroe, Louisiana. Her main clients are typically families with young children to infants.
When I take pictures, I prefer nature not people. It was quite an adjustment to make. Being here makes me see photography in a different light. It was an amazing feeling to capture a two year old’s cake smash or a sixteen year old’s birthday. I see why my aunt dedicates herself to photography. She captures people and emotion in her pictures. I capture nature’s beauty in mine.
My aunt decided to take my cousins and I to Hot Springs, Arkansas. During this trip, I had the opportunity to take a lot of pictures of nature. Hot Springs is a beautiful town filled with crystals, ghost stories, beautiful landmarks and people. My aunt has been teaching me about healing stones and tarot cards which is very popular in Hot Springs. I always thought nothing of this sort of thing, but she opened my eyes to a different way of thinking. I have been doing more research into crystals and tarot, which I now find very interesting. After Hot Springs, my aunt took us to the Buffalo River. It was absolutely beautiful. We found crystals and shells along the river then stayed in a cabin.
My eldest cousin, Caitlin, suggested we start geocaching. This was on our last day so we didn’t do much but we got an old chicken little toy after trading in a plastic cow from a coin game. It might not seem like much but the journey to find it was beautiful. I didn’t take any pictures of where we found it because it’s such a beautiful sight that a photo can’t capture it.
Besides capturing moments with a camera, I have also been working on capturing a moment with pencil and paper. I have been trying different art and drawing styles to find what suites me. I have enjoyed drawing my favorite characters from anime and tv shows. When I start a drawing, I study the subject. I want to get the drawing just right. I’m planning on doing more art as well as photography while I am on co-op. As a first co-op, this has really opened my eyes to what I want to do for a career.
<p class="p1">Hello, my name is Frank Adam Fortino. I am in my fourth and final year at Antioch College, and on track to graduate with a Liberal Arts bachelor's degree in art focused in media studies. I have spent my college career thus far, as well as my past three co-ops studying the art that is film and video making; from its history to actually creating works myself.</p>
<p class="p1">I have worked for filmmakers such as Rea Tajiri (Philadelphia) and Ken Burns (Walpole, New Hampshire) who have helped me gain better understandings of the documentary form, as well as story telling in general. I have travelled to far places (Andros Island in the Bahamas) with film equipment I had to sneak in my pants to carry it aboard an overweight plane.</p>
<p class="p1">I have studied and worked with found footage, animation, and essayistic forms. I have researched the links between avant-garde and conventional filmmaking (comparing Maya Derren to Christopher Nolan and <i>Sherlock Jr.</i> to <i>Un Chien Andalou</i>) and have grown very fond of experimental tactics used to convey stories through film and video.</p>
<p class="p1">To highlight my passion and excitement for film, I will be organizing and hosting a film festival called <i>30(ish) Frames Per Second: A Yellow Springs Film Festival</i> (www.30ishfilmfest.com) in June of 2017. For the festival, we will be celebrating works with essayistic qualities that deal with social justice issues in some capacity.</p>
<p class="p1">Along with my ever-growing fascination for movies and media, I have a strong connection to the ideal of living off of the food I grow myself, in a home that is self-sustaining, and harmless to the environment. To realize this, for my final co-op I have travelled to West Ireland to glasraí farms to live and work with a family who has very similar ideals to my own. They are teaching my how to farm, and live sustainably, and in return, I use the skills they teach me on their farm. Along with immersing myself in a culture different from my own, I am learning skills that will follow me beyond the classroom, and into the way I want to live my life.</p>