IMG_20160415_200937This week marks the beginning of Fine Arts Week at MSJ, where the community gathers around and takes a look at the incredible art pieces our students have created. In honor of the week-long celebration, we will be chronicling a few notable artists whose pieces have either left a mark on the community by their powerful message or just by their sheer beauty.

IMG_20160415_200903When I think back to last year’s Fine Arts Week, there is one specific piece that comes to my mind right away above any other piece. It wasn’t a painting or drawing; it was a photograph, and for a lot of people that photograph spoke to them by its deep and real message. This photograph was about depression and the trials of life, and the photograph and others like it were taken by junior Rory Fisher III. I had the chance to talk to Rory about what inspired him to become a photographer, the message he hopes to convey in his art, and how he sees himself continuing photography in college.

IMG_20160415_200914Fisher said he began taking pictures as a tool to express himself. “What inspired me to become a photographer was when I was going through a low point in my life, and to get my feelings off of my chest I would just photograph them.”

Fisher shines through his photographs. His message and inspiration truly shine through his photographs. When he was in his “low point,” to help himself he wanted to find a way to help others or spread awareness for others through his photos. He explained, “I base all of my art off of the things that people don’t and are scared to talk about. My message at the end of the day is we should all strive at a young age to make society a better place, so by the time we are older we can live in a world that we are satisfied with.”

IMG_20160415_200920As far as looking ahead to college, Fisher definitely sees himself pursuing photography into the future. “I see this photography thing taking me a long way, and I’ve realized I was blessed with another talent, and since I was blessed with this talent I’m going to run with it.”

Rory’s latest pieces and the rest of MSJ’s amazing artists’ work will be on display in Xavier Hall through the end of the week.

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