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Fairport-E.Rochester Post
  • Fairport photographer's 'new reality' featured in art exhibit

  • A selection of work by Fairport photographer Loreal Prystaj has been chosen to be featured in a new exhibit in Rochester this month.



    Now 22, Prystaj graduated from Fairport High School in 2009 and is currently majoring in photography at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

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  • A selection of work by Fairport photographer Loreal Prystaj has been chosen to be featured in a new exhibit in Rochester this month.
    Now 22, Prystaj graduated from Fairport High School in 2009 and is currently majoring in photography at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
    Her unique series called “Fabricated Reality” now hangs at Image City with work by seven other artists for the gallery’s portfolio showcase exhibit.
    We asked Prystaj to tell us more about her art, and here’s what she had to say:
    How did you first become interested in photography?
    It wasn't until 2008, my junior year of high school, that I realized I loved photography. I have always loved art. I would paint, draw, sculpt, and do anything that was in the realm of creating an expression of self through medium. I am an artist with a camera.
    What do you enjoy most about photography?
    When I looked through the lens of my camera everything around me seems to disappear; the mundane becomes magnificent. My lens is an eye that is drawn to all the beauty I am surrounded by with just one click of a button I am able to capture that moment forever. With photography, messages can be spread, views can be seen, and perceptions can become reality.
    You've done a few shoots with fairy-tale themes. Where did you get the idea for that?
    What inspires me is put in front of me. Of course there is search for ideas, but they just seem to come naturally. For example, I had three roommates, but when I looked at them I saw three little girls who were the perfect characters for my "Dark Fairytale.”
    What kind of career do you plan to pursue?
    I will continue with photography to express idea, messages, visions and perceptions. There is no saying where I will be, but I know I will continue creating through photography.
    What advice can you give younger photographers?
    Don't get caught up with how other perform and create with photography. The camera is a very technical tool, and there are so many facets to photography that are taught, but there is never a right or wrong when it comes to art — there is just you. You have vision, an idea and a message. You are the creator of expression.
     

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