Artist of the Month

Melissa Garis from Photo


Melissa Garis

What is your favorite thing about photography?

My favorite thing about photography is the ability to create my own pictures. When I want to take a new picture, I am in charge of what I create. I am in charge of the outcome. 

At what age did you begin to be interested in photography?

My uncle is a photographer himself. From him I got interested in the topic when I was 13 years old. 

Do you do a lot of photography in your free time?

I honestly don’t do a lot of it in my free time, only finishing projects from school.

What is your favorite photography category?

My favorite category is definitely Landscape. When I take a picture of a landscape, there is more than one subject in the picture. There is so many things to discover in one single picture. My favorite subject are the mountains.

Do you like it more to be photographed or to photograph others?

I like it more to photograph others. That means I am able to create a picture of them how I thing it will be the best.  

How do you motivate yourself? What inspires you? 

My motivation is that anything can happen. I just need to make the best of the situation, It is always good to try your best.

What is a challenge in photography?

A big challenge is to get the right angle for the picture. Sometimes it feels like hours till you get the right angle and you can create the perfect picture.

What do you want to improve in yourself? 

I want to improve my ability with online editing. Sometimes I still need a little help when I use Photoshop.

Among your works, what is your favorite and why? 

It was a project called “Space”. I liked it so much because it is an open topic and you had so many opportunities to choose from. You could use your creativity for the project.  

What are your goals for this year?

My goal is to improve my portfolio till the end of the school year. I want to add more pictures.

What was your biggest achievement in the last year?

When I look back, my biggest achievement is how far I came since the beginning. I like to see how much better I am now. of cause I hope to improve in the future.