Mod Alumnus Corry!

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    By terri at Wed, 2006-06-28 21:17


    <p><font size="2"><font size="3">Anyone who has been on The Photo Forum for any length of time will no doubt recognize core_17, our youngest Moderator. We thought it would be fun to catch up with her and get her to tell us a little about herself - and to make sure no one leaves the interview without knowing how to spell her name correctly! <br /><br /><br /><strong><img vspace="2" hspace="5" border="0" align="left" src="http://thephotoforum.com/gallery/files/584-th_yellowleavesSmallContrast.jpg" />1) Corry, you've been with TPF since 2004. Can you tell us how you found TPF, and what made you start looking for a photography forum?</strong><br /><br />I was at a point where I wanted to start to learn more about serious photography, rather than just taking 'aesthetic snapshots', but didn't know where to start learning. When you're just beginning, and you've never had anyone to teach you anything in person, it's incredibly overwhelming to try and figure out where to start first. There's just so much to learn. I'd never been on a forum, and barely even knew what one was. My boyfriend, however, had been a member of several gaming and graphic design forums for years. He suggested I join a forum. So, the next day, I fired up google, typed in &quot;photography forum&quot;, and clicked on the first thing I saw. I was hooked by the first day. <br /><br /><strong><img vspace="2" hspace="5" border="0" align="left" src="http://thephotoforum.com/gallery/files/584-th_SatMornCartoons.jpg" />2) What's your gear lineup? Are there any cameras out there you lust for, but haven't yet purchased?</strong><br /><br />When I first joined the forum, I was shooting with a DISPOSABLE. Yup, that's right...a throw away plastic hunk o' crap. On the advice of a photographer I'd met through work (he worked for Kodak, and he was training us to use the 1-hour lab at Walgreens), I purchased a Canon AE-1 Program on eBay. It was a wonderful camera to start on. Not long after, I fell in love with my boyfriend's new Canon 300D...and had to have one for myself. I saved every penny for six months. I also have a Holga, but quickly found out that there is no where around me that develops anything other than c-41 film, so, sadly, I've never gotten a single picture from it...yet. (Someday!)<br /><br /><strong><img vspace="2" hspace="5" border="0" align="right" src="http://thephotoforum.com/gallery/files/584-th_UniInTheSkySMALL.jpg" />3) What are your favorite kinds of subjects to photograph? Do you think you are developing a style?</strong><br /><br />I love doing portraits. I'm still an amateur, but I'm enjoying going through the learning process. Some days, I look through the Portrait forum on here, and I'm just in awe of some of the amazing portraits some of our members create. I've always loved Alison's kid portraits, and I aspire to someday be able to capture the emotion she does. I've also marveled at the works of some of our younger crowd, such as Thebeginning and Littleman.<br /><br />Developing a style isn't easy for everyone. I think at the moment I still have a pretty broad style. Haven't quite found my niche, I guess. <br /><br /><strong>4) Some of us were able to meet you on the recent 1st International TPF Meetup in Washington, DC, and we've all been able to enjoy your images from that trip. Are there any special places you'd like to visit, either to photograph or just for fun?</strong><br /><br />I am now addicted to traveling! I want to go everywhere! As many of you probably already know, I already have plans to go to Texas in August, and Boston in the fall. I'm not stopping there, though. I can't really say I have just one or two places I want to see. I want to go everywhere. I want to go all over the U.S, and the rest of the world! I hope to someday see Italy and Greece. I've wanted to go to Australia since I was a kid. I'd love to go to South America and Africa. This question is just too hard, because I can't possibly pick just a few. I want to see it all. <br /><br /><strong><img vspace="2" hspace="5" border="0" align="left" src="http://thephotoforum.com/gallery/files/584-th_littlekissweb.jpg" />5) You've mentioned the work you do each week with a children's group. Tell us a little more about that. Do you find the experience rewarding?</strong><br /><br />My Thursday night Children's Group is the highlight of my week. I co-facilitate the children's group at a domestic violence shelter. <br /><br />I became interested in working there because, as a child, I went through the horrible experience of having to see my mother abused by her then boyfriend. Thankfully, every other weekend, we got to go for visitation with my dad. When he'd have us, we'd stay the weekends at my cousin's farm. My cousin had a wonderful wife named Ana who, through her kindness, has made my life so much better than it could have been. It was through her that I learned that people aren't supposed to be hurt and abused, and that there are tons of people out there that are loving and caring and respectful. She worked (and still does) at that same domestic violence shelter. I job- shadowed her in high school and, as soon as I was old enough, I took the training class. I had the job before the class was even over. <br /><br />In my 4 1/2 years there, I've met hundreds of women and children from all walks of life, most with truly heartbreaking stories. Some come for a night seeking shelter and move on, never to be seen again. Some come to us for support for years. I've watched them go through ups and downs, births and losses. I've watched children grow up, learn to walk, lose their first tooth, and so much more. <br /><br />It can be a very difficult job, emotionally, but knowing that you have the chance to change a child's life makes every bit of it worth it. The goal is to not only change that child's life, but to stop the cycle of violence, before it is passed on to THEIR children. <br />I love my job more than anything. <br /><br /><strong>6) What hobbies or outside interests do you have other than photography?</strong><br /><br />HmmmÂ…I love baseball. And someday, in my lifetime, the Cubs WILL win the World Series! <br /><br />Other than that...I really can't say I have a ton of actual hobbies or interests. I've become very interested in traveling, but we've covered that already! I love to read when I get the chance, but that's not often. I go through cooking phases, where I really get into trying all sorts of new things...then I get sick of it and make Erik order out! <br /><br />Lately though, I've been becoming more and more interested in fitness and nutrition...don't know if you'd call that a hobby, though! <br /><br />I guess my biggest 'hobby' is just trying new things. Going new places, trying new types of food (recently had sushi for the first time...I'm in love!). That sort of thing. <br /><br /><strong>7) Are there any photographic techniques or formats that interest you, but you've yet to try? What are they?</strong><br /><br />I'm mostly a digital person, but I'd love to someday learn darkroom techniques. I spent all of this past winter and spring being jealous of Erik and all the wonderful prints he'd bring home from his darkroom class at college! <br /><br /><strong><img vspace="2" hspace="5" border="0" align="right" src="http://thephotoforum.com/gallery/files/584-corrystairs.jpg" />8) Are there any TPF members whose work you find inspiring? Who would they be, and why do you think their work inspires you?</strong><br /><br />Oh, another difficult question. There are TONS of members I admire! I've already mentioned a few above. I suppose I can try and single a few out...<br /><br />Danalec99: I love his distinct PJ style and tones. <br /><br />Elsaspet: Again, awesome style...I dig the PJ style wedding shots!<br /><br />ClarinetJWD: Simplistic and clean. I've never seen anyone take pictures of such simple things, and make them into something as awesome as he does. I'm not sure anyone else has ever figured out so many ways to photograph a vent!!! <br /><br />Ksmattfish: I always get all giddy when I see he's posted a Widelux shot!<br /><br />Digital Matt: I shouldn't really have to explain this one, should I? <br /><br />There are dozens of others I'd like to list, but it would take way to long. So...just one more. <br /><br />Recently, I've been impressed with one of our younger members. He makes me green with envy since he only JUST graduated high school, and already has more talent than I could ever hope for! I'm sure Sky (Unimaxium) knows I'm talking about him by now! Keep an eye on him...he's gonna go far. He's definitely a great source of inspiration, too.<br /><br /><strong><img vspace="2" hspace="5" border="0" align="right" src="http://thephotoforum.com/gallery/files/584-Corry.jpg" />9) And finally: is the role of moderator as easy as you thought it might be when you accepted the challenge? Why or why not?</strong><br /><br />I didn't expect the job to be easy all the time in the first place, but I must admit, there has been a time or two that has been more hair-pulling than I'd hoped for. Our wonderful little home here is growing by leaps and bounds, and with going on 10,000 members, it's simply not possible to expect everyone to get along at all times. I think we've gotten quite lucky, really. I've yet to find another board as laid back and easy going as this one. Overall, I feel we have a caring, close-knit community here. <br /><br />However, due to many of the members being so close, it can make the rare flare up harder to deal with. We may be online, but at a place like this, it doesn't take long to get to know people on a more personal level. Many of us have even become friends in real life. So, when controversies and disagreements arise, those personal feelings can make moderating a more difficult task. So, for me, I'd say that hardest thing I had to learn, was learning to separate myself from those personal feelings, in order to be a fair and open minded moderator.<br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>We'd like to thank Corry for taking the time to sit down and open herself up to us! More importantly, she gets a huge &quot;thank you&quot; for all the hard work she does and the time she gives to TPF every day.</strong></font><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></font></p>
     

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