Krista Hill, who graduated this spring from the English Honours program, is also a photographer. She generously donated her time and talents recently by conducting a photo shoot for the English Department. Starting with the Mount’s MacDonald Collection of rare books, Krista photographed some beautiful volumes chosen by librarian Terry Paris.
She then did a series of photos on campus with our student volunteer models.
We recently asked Krista about her training as a photographer and her experience as an English Honours student.
How did you get started as a photographer?
I received my first DSLR camera for Christmas in 2009. After about a year and a half of playing around with it I booked my first paid jobs with MSVU’s Student Union. I spent the next few years constantly reinvesting in my equipment and learning new techniques. I am self-taught because a respected local photographer once told me that the best investment for a future in photography is equipment, literature, and seminars.
Do you have a photography business? Do you specialize in certain kinds of photos?
Photography is a hobby for me that tends to pay well at certain times. I, of course, have a “business” because branding is necessary for word-of-mouth marketing to be a success. I have experience in all kinds of photography: portraiture, wedding, fashion, grad, prom, maternity, newborn, family, pet, and events. I don’t specialize in a specific discipline because I have yet to find my photographic niche.
Do you see any connection between your work as a photographer and your English Honours thesis research on the television and graphic novel versions of The Walking Dead?
I do. I’ve been increasingly drawn to the visual arts throughout my life, especially when I learned that it is possible to combine this passion with my passion for literature. In essence, I believe I have been privileged enough to combine several facets of my life and anybody who knows me can see the influence of art, photography, English, and cultural studies in my Honours thesis. I also believe that my art and photography would not be what they are without my literary influences and vice versa. The cover for my thesis is a great example. I took an image by a professional medical photographer discussed in my paper, and I applied a “zombie filter” created by the makers of The Walking Dead. I then cropped the image into strips to highlight the details of the fetal image over a gradient background.
I believe that without my experience in visual arts I would not see television, film, and graphic novels in the way I do.
You graduated a few years ago with a B.A. in English, but then you returned to do the Honours certificate. What made you come back for more?
I took time off to decide what I wanted to do, but for me nothing, not even pursuing photography in greater depth, compares to the knowledge gained from books and an intellectual discussion of their contents.
You can find Krista’s photographs sprinkled throughout the English Department website.* Which one is your favourite?
* If you want shortcuts, you’ll currently find Krista Hill photographs on the English homepage; Course Guide 2013-14; Summer Sessions; 1000-level courses; 2000-level courses; Honours; Concentration; Writing Minor; Plagiarism; Faculty Profiles; Recent Research; Useful Links. And at the top of this page, obviously, as our new blog banner.