Check out this great interview with Lisa Parisi, MICA class of 2006!
When did you first become interested in photography?
I first became interested in Photography in High School. I was taking painting and an advanced placement art course when I decided to try my hand at it. My high school always placed a great deal of importance in the arts and our Photography facility was pretty great for being several years ago now. It was bare bones black-and-white film photography processing and enlarging. Photoshop existed but our school really only had one class devoted to graphic design. There were no digital photography courses offered. So I learned the basics of film and realized it lent itself really well to how obsessive I can be technically. There was no room for error like there is now with digital photography. If you used the incorrect ratio of chemicals in processing your film would be ruined. If you developed prints incorrectly you were wasting money on photo paper. It made me become really focused on that one craft and seeing it through. Processing the film and images I had taken days before was so exciting. That’s not to say I knew right then that I wanted to study photography. It was not one singular passion of mine. I’m not sure if it ever will be because I feel all art is comprised of small and larger pieces of one another. It was one of many I was really interested in and the practice of it and application to my own life totally roped me in.