Pursuing Serenity from Behind the Camera Local Shutterbug Draws Passion from Photography
Farrell, Mike, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Kathryn Schneider has been interested in photography almost all her life, but she didn't think of pursuing the art professionally until her late 20s.
"In my household when I was growing up, photography was more of an avocation than a vocation," she said. "It wasn't seen as a real job."
It wasn't until she was working as a photo editor for a book publisher in Connecticut that she realized she wanted to be a photographer.
"I remember thinking, 'I'd rather be taking these photos than choosing them,' " she said. Soon after, she began working for a portrait photographer.
Now, the Glen Ellyn artist has left the portrait business and specializes in black-and-white infrared photography, a technique that produces images quite different from traditional photographs.
Infrared film "sees" an invisible portion of the light spectrum. As a result, blue skies appear black and green grass comes out glowing white.
"At the end, the photos look almost heavenly," Schneider said. "As I'm printing or viewing a picture, I start to see some of the things that God might be saying to me. …