Hi my name is Luke Saransk white I’m a senior at the University of Chicago. I’m a major in anthropology and I’m a photographer. So where am I right now? These are my cameras that I use for assignments or just for fun. Honestly I like to hang up photographs that I haven’t taken because I think that surrounding you with images.
That you’ve already created kind of reinforces what you already know. And I just I like to pick out things that are different or that I wouldn’t have taken and. Kind of investigate. You know how I could take those photos in the future. That’s pretty much my space.
Typical days in my life I normally wake up between 730 and 30 like to get up have breakfast. I have to have a lot of coffee and then I’ll normally head out and usually go to class or I’ll go and work out. I’ve got an internship with a photographer on the south side so sometimes I’ll go and work with him for a little bit on days that I have off.
I like to go uptown and get some film developed or stay at home and edit some photos or scan in some film. And the best part absolutely is I’ll go out and take photos when I have the chance.
Behind us is the Logan Media Center for the Arts. It’s it was just erected a couple years ago. So my job is as a projectionist for the Film Studies Center. What I do essentially is I project films DVD videos and then when it gets really exciting some 35 millimeter and some 16 millimeter film it’s honestly a great job you just get to hang out in the booth get exposed to a lot of different films. The university is really theoretical. So the film content that you’re exposed to is not very normal.
Most of the time you’re kind of getting into some art films and some really odd stuff. And it’s nice to get exposed to all of that.
Yeah 35 How did you start getting involved in photography.
So my ninth grade year when I was in junior high I went on this cruise. Our family had saved up for a long time and we decided to go to a cruise to. Throughout the Mediterranean so Italy Greece Egypt Israel and Turkey. And I took some photos on some crappy little digital camera that I had back then and I was looking at the photos when I got back home and I was like you know some of these are really cool but this is when flicker which was like a photo sharing service is really big at the time and I was like.
You know they’re really cool but they’re not they don’t look exactly you know like they’re really good photos that I’m seeing online and I wonder how I can do that. So I did some research and my mom came up to me at one point. It’s like you know I really liked photography when I was young as well you should try that. The brilliant thing about going to the University of Chicago as someone who’s trying to get into the creative field is that. You’re not learning necessarily the technical skills right but you’re learning how to think.
Critically about the work that you’re producing.
This is Haskell Hall. We’re on the harbor quiet and this is the anthropology building so I spend a lot of my time here for my major doing classes and stuff. So you are anthropology major. What made you decide to major in anthropology? I was thinking search and. You know.
All the professors are really amicable here and you can. They’re all engaged by what you have to say no matter what it is. And so I was speaking with one of my professors about photography and she told me you know this is photographer I know Sebastian Salgado and he’s got a lot of really interesting things to say. And he said you’re going to study something and you’re going to be a photographer. You should study anthropology because it creates within you a curiosity and a willingness to engage with other cultures that aren’t laden with.
Kind of preconceptions or prejudices And I were really interested by that. So I took some anthropology classes and I really loved it. I really enjoyed learning about it. So tell me about the court. So the court the University of Chicago is a core set of classes that every single student has to take no matter their major I think social and human the most important classes you take it as a you Chicago student for building your intellectual foundation for building the way that you think it causes you to really really look at.
Your life and the way that you think and the culture you exist in and to examine it and pick it apart. Because you’re reading all these authors that did the same things in their Lifetimes.
Anything you want to tell us about. I’ve known Luke since the first day of college. Luke has been incredibly important to me as like kind of just like my rock but he’s also incredibly talented and perhaps one that I knew I know just so deeply passionate about what he wants to do. I love Luke. Well thank you and he’s a great writer. That’s a rather verse there’s no complaints. Zero adolescence. Let’s talk about the dishes later. Back.
Yes. Where are we now. Right now we’re sitting in front of the Reagan Stein library. I’m sorry to say it is absolutely the social hub of the University of Chicago. Well I mean we so we’ve got some pretty good cafes in there. We’ve only got one cafe in there. Correction it’s actually this cafe. Best priest is on campus. And you know honestly when you want to go hang out and you’re feeling a little lonely at home.
You know there’s going to be a friend of the ex. So you’d say social life. Revolves in some to some extent around a library you know.
And it does and that is entirely to do with the fact that everyone is so dedicated to studying here. It shows by how often you see your friends at the library. But there is a lot of variation in study space out there. And. You know you can find a cubicle you can go down to the B level where there’s absolutely no one and it’s dead silent or you can be chatting away in the cafe. But I would say certainly if you if you’re trying to meet some friends and if you’re trying to hang out with people.
X is good for us to do that. So what’s been most surprising to you about your show? One thing I’ve learned is that everyone is deeply passionate about something. And they will engage with you if you talk to them about it and they’re. Kind of prodigiously like.
Knowledgeable about something anything you know. I went to a sushi once and I just saw this huge group of really big dudes talking and I thought they were like fighting for a little bit. Then you realize like they’re not fighting about like. Basketball or whatever they’re fighting about like quantum physics and they’re like trying to figure out like is quantum physics engaging equations together. And it’s just.
I don’t know there’s something really beautiful about her having this kind of intellectual hum surrounding everything and what advice would you give to a high school.
Like number one it’s gonna be a gamble right. There’s just there are so many people and there’s so few spots that.
If you don’t get in It’s not because of some kind of deficiency in yourself it’s because that’s just you know the odds are never. Great! So if you are fortunate enough to get in. I think one of the reasons that you were fortunate enough. Probably is that you stayed true to yourself. And by that I mean like you’re gonna get a random essay question right like you should write about what you care about. Don’t try and pad. Your application with. All your volunteer work and all the travelling that you did talk about what you’re really invested in.
It shows in every student here. Everyone is really invested in something and you should talk about that because I think that’s what the university looks for. For instance I didn’t know I was going to get into photography but it’s what I really cared about when I applied. So my essay was about the way that I edit my photos and the way that I color corrected and crop and frame and whatever and I wrote about what I cared about and I managed to get in somehow.
So I think if you if you do the same thing you’ll be in a good place. Hey guys. Thank you so much for reading. If you enjoyed this video please make sure to subscribe and check out more.
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