Issue Two Feature: Regan Umberger | Photographer

Issue Two - January 2013

Regan Umberger

Who are you? 
I'm a sixteen-year-old who likes photography. I talk less than your average person and sometimes I have a hard time balancing my life between people watching and people participating.

What made you take up photography?
When we were little, my sister's and I used to beg my mom to let us use her film camera at Christmas and birthday parties. In middle school, I got my own little point and shoot for Christmas and would spend my spare time outside taking pictures and just wandering around. When I was outside with my camera, I was in my own little quiet world, and it was and still is a nice break from reality. I'm also kind of fascinated by how much influence an image can have on people, and my goal is to eventually be able to tell stories with my photos, share something beautiful with them, or at least make people think. Photography gives me a purpose.

Where do you get your inspiration? 
I get my inspiration from a lot of things, but mostly things that make me happy. Happy people inspire me. So do song lyrics, good quotes, rain, and light.

What is your process for photography? 
I don't normally plan shoots. I mean, I always have a bunch of ideas and things I want to try, but I never sketch out what I want a picture to look like. I really like how honest and real and candids are. I'm not just talking about people, I'm talking about moments. Like the first snowfall of the year, you can't plan that and schedule a day to re-shoot. You live in the moment and you capture what you perceive and later you can look back and smile and know that it might happen again, but the best part is that it might not and that's what makes it so special.

If you could photograph any person or place, what would you choose?
I really want to photograph Venice. Not just because then I'd get to be in Venice, but because from what I've seen, it looks like a very magical place to be. The handmade masks, the architecture, the bridges, even the pigeons would be amazing to photograph. It looks like a completely different place from where I am now and the experience would be quite an adventure to capture.

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