William Podmenic / Artist Statement
The photography program has changed my life for the better. At first I wanted to learn about photography, but the program and the volunteers have done so much more than that. They have helped me to feel much better about myself and restore my own dignity.
My photographs show my diverse interest in architecture, art, nature, people, and friendships. When I take pictures, I enjoy showing how different lighting brings out different features in objects and how they contrast with each other.
The art of photography has helped me discover my artistic side and my enjoyment of the beauty of life and all that it entails. When I take walks to photograph the city or occasions, I now try to look at things from a number of different viewpoints.
I change camera settings, angles, and lighting all in an attempt to show another viewer my perspective or the beauty of how I view an object. It is my hope that my photographs invoke good thoughts and beauty in both color and light. Most of all, I hope you enjoy the subject of the photo. I have come to love the program and the people that I have met through it.
The program director, Linda Panetta, has not only taught me so much about photography, but also entrusted me and given me so much more through her generosity. She has loaned and donated to Bethesda and myself cameras and even a home computer. The trust and generosity she has shown to me has helped to restore my confidence and dignity. I have thoroughly enjoyed every class; the dedication given to us and to the program has been tremendous.
Now, because of the program, not only do I practice photography with the class, but when I go out I usually carry a camera with me. I try to show my appreciation for what this program has done and meant to me by becoming the best photographer that I can be. Although we have gone on numerous trips, such as to the aquarium, art museum, and a tattoo convention, what I enjoy most about the program is the chance to spend time with some wonderful and kind human beings.
I would also like you to know that this experience has changed me for the better. It has given me another way to communicate with others, and it has opened up new friendships for me. It has inspired me to be more open with people, to be a better person and to be more generous to others. I cannot imagine what I would do without this program and its committed people. I would be less than I am today because of it I believe.