5th Annual Emerging Pro

First Place—Fine Art
Sara Swaty Roger
Sara Swaty Roger

What is your age?
22.

Where are you based?
St. Louis, Missouri.

Where did you attend school?
Rochester Institute of Technology. I graduated with a BFA in Professional Photographic Illustration for Advertising.

What equipment do you use?
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 50mm ƒ/1.4 USM, EF 24-70mm ƒ/2.8L USM, a Calumet Traveller lighting kit and a Metz flash. I shoot film with a Canon EOS Elan 7N.

What's the most important lesson you've learned either from a teacher or mentor?
I've had amazing teachers who have taught me countless important lessons, but the biggest thing I've learned is to reshoot a project if you feel you didn't accomplish what you desired or if you're not happy with the result. You can always develop and push an idea further and try again.

What do you think it takes to be successful in today's challenging and competitive marketplace?
You have to be willing to make sacrifices to accomplish your dream, constantly photograph to develop and refine your skill, and talk to other photographers. Challenge yourself.

About This Photograph:
I took this picture in spring of 2011, and it's for a personal project about Gender and Material Culture. It was inspired by a variety of factors, beginning with my angst about the gender expectations and roles of women in society. From there, I began to explore the methods and ways these expectations become a part of American culture. The media plays a massive role in determining what constitutes an "ideal" woman, and the indoctrination begins early in life. This image analyzes how material culture influences young girls and boys, starting with the basic idea that pink is for girls, blue is for boys. I borrowed and purchased a variety of pink items from numerous stores and friends who are involved in a female's life and contacted a real estate agent to photograph in this gorgeous bathroom.


 
 

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