Student Artist Spotlight: Dorothy Shi ’22

“The action of pressing the shutter and taking pictures that record a moment of my life gives me an opportunity to look at the invaluable things around me in an artful way.”

Dorothy Shi ’22 is a photographer who loves exploring the magic of photography. Her work varies in style and feeling. We asked Dorothy to share some thoughts about her work and process.

How would you describe your style?
Whenever I start to take pictures, I think about what I can do to make them look more natural and concordant. I play with light to create pictures with different feelings. I take pictures of people, landscapes, and nature, so it’s hard to put my work into one photographic category. However, my inspiration all comes from my life and my heart.

What were some challenges you encountered in creating these pieces, and how were they overcome?
I think that one of the most difficult tasks that I’ve encountered is stepping out of my comfort zone in order to create innovative pictures. Most of the pictures that I took in the first two classes were normal and not unique; in other words, everybody else could take the same pictures. After receiving concrete feedback from my teacher and classmates, I started to dig in more deeply to the composition, color, and emotions behind each picture and used Photoshop to polish them into pictures that could express my thoughts.

What inspires you and why?
Photography is always an inspiration. The action of pressing the shutter and taking pictures that record a moment of my life gives me an opportunity to look at the invaluable things around me in an artful way. I enjoy both the process of finding beauty and also the process of editing beauty, both of which give me the power to process the world around me and add my own voice to each piece.