Today, you get to learn about me, aka Bella:
Petrina loves pretty things, and always has. She loves to read now, but as a child, it was all about the pictures. She was always fascinated by the illustrations in her book of fairy tales, and she could sit for hours just studying the illustrations, making up her own stories in her head. Petrina grew up in a creative family, and her father was always in the garage building something out of wood, or sitting at his chair crafting jewelry out of coins. Her mother was always doing something creative, be it sewing, cross-stitching, stained glass, calligraphy, and various other crafts. This creativity rubbed off on Petrina and her siblings.
|photo by Jason aka blackstone|Petrina’s childhood home was full of cameras and reel to reels, and movie projectors galore, and at the age of 14, bitten by the photography bug, Petrina received her own 35mm Canon Snappy (which she still has!). The following Christmas Petrina received a photography book, A Summer’s Day, by Joel Meyerowitz, and she would endlessly flip through the pages, mesmerized by the colors, light, and atmosphere these photos created. She has been photographing the world around her ever since. (She has boxes and boxes of photos and negatives that some day she plans to organize. She swears.)
For Petrina’s first B&W photography class, 25+ years ago, she "borrowed" her oldest brother's Canon AES (which she has yet to return), but after being introduced to drawing classes and design classes (which were required courses) Petrina switched gears and received her A.A.S. in Commercial Art. At that time everything was done by hand. You know, with pen and ink, and paint….on paper! There was only one computer graphics class, which left a great impression on her.
Petrina taught herself the basics of Photoshop while working at a local newspaper and she’s never stopped learning. She took a computer graphics class where she finally realized what it was people were going on about, that “finding something that you love to do”. Petrina found she could sit for hours immersed in Photoshop, editing photos, creating t-shirt designs, logos, banners, business cards, flyers, and CD covers, to creating photo illustrations.
Petrina uses her camera to show the beauty in not just a pretty flower or landscape, but the shapes and forms we come across in our every day lives. The pattern on the sole of a flip-flop. The shadows and light flowing through a window sheer. The green velvet moss growing on a roof top. She also loves to photograph people in their natural surroundings, having fun with their families, walking through the park, playing in the yard, or just washing the dishes together. There is nothing like a smile that is real and not posed, and that is Petrina's goal, to capture that in her subjects. She can make anyone feel comfortable in front of the camera, almost forgetting it's even there. At that moment she captures their image, and they see in themselves what the rest of the world sees and loves in them, their genuine self.
Today, Petrina is back in school working on her A.A.S. in Photography/Visual Communications, combining her love of photography and graphic design.