Artist Porfile: Moriah Ratner
Moriah Ratner can be seen at many Bullis events taking pictures. Moriah has taken thousands of pictures at Bullis and posts them online for students to see. I recently sat down with Moriah to ask her questions about her photography.
“when I first started photographing, i was mostly into photographing landscapes and things found within nature. now I photograph more so how people affect or reflect the space that they are in. people and their stories are so important to share with the world and I love being able to express their stories through a photograph rather than with words. I like giving my own perspective on the photos I take so that when someone sees it, they know that it's my photo and not something that's already been done before. I think the media is so big right now that this allows the accessibility to photos become much more easier for a lot of people. this is both a good and bad thing. it's a good thing because since the media is so big, photography is always going to be needed; we always need evidence or proof. it's a bad thing because anyone who has an iPhone can be considered a photojournalist because with the touch of a button, they can send their photos out for the world to see. but getting a quality photo at the right place at the right time is what makes the difference”
Do you like artsy photos or photos that capture a moment (like taking a pic of a sporting event)
“I've realized that I'm not really into fine art photography that's very conceptual. I'm more into using photography as a form of communication”
How long have you been taking pictures?
“I started getting into photography when I was 13 and I got my first camera when I was 14. at my old school, there weren't any photography classes and I had actually signed up for a darkroom class at glen echo but it got cancelled because no one else signed up but me. so I taught myself a lot. I spent time researching different photographers and their styles, I learned different photographing techniques and what every single button stood for on my camera. then I got to Bullis with what I had already known from my own experience and could finally delve into darkroom photography and taking concepts of art history and applying it to my work. I also have recently spoke with a few people who have guided me along the way. when I went to Israel this summer, my counselor was a combat photographer in the Israeli army and he would always stay behind with me and use wherever we were at as a photography teaching moment. In addition, while photographing for an ap studio art assignment at my cousins barber shop, I just so happened to have ran into the editorial photographer for the Washington post. we have met a few times and she has given me a lot of advice. she also helped me start a website and craft a strong portfolio. she's really inspirational to me”
Do you want to have your own photo studio in the future?
“I probably wouldn't have my own studio because the world is my studio, I would just need to go outside to be in my studio”
What kind of camera do you use and why
“my first camera was a Nikon d3000, it's more of a beginner dslr (digital single lens reflex), I had two lenses for it but in 10th grade I started getting more advanced in my work so I upgraded to a canon 60d. I love it so much and am so glad I made the switch. I have 3 lenses for it (18-185, 10-22, and 18-100) and usually take all this equipment with me wherever I go. especially when I travel”
Are you going to school for art/photography?
“I'm studying photojournalism in the SI Newhouse school of communications at Syracuse university”