Courtney Apple ’08 was recently featured in philly2philly.com as a photographer in the Philadelphia, Pa., area who is “one of the few who is seeking out and embracing this spontaneous beauty by capturing it with her camera.” The feature notes Apple has a career as a lifestyle photographer, “shooting local restaurants and retail establishments.”
Her creative style is called, “playful and spontaneous with a bit of an edge” and describes both her early love affair with photography and her technique in professional life.
The article concludes, “Apple’s photographs offer Philadelphians the opportunity to see the city in a light that is hopeful, vivacious and honest. Above all, she lets us into her lens and gently reminds us to take a moment to capture the vibrant world around us in just one blink.”
Apple graduated with a B.A. in art, magna cum laude, with a concentration in studio art and minors in Spanish and Hispanic studies and Media and Society. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and worked as a photographer for the Colleges Office of Communications.
The full feature follows.
Spotlight on Philadelphia Photographer Courtney Apple
Alex Siemons • November 10, 2009
The next time you stroll down the streets of Philadelphia, take notice of the passerby’s fixed gaze on his or her phone, checking texts, tweets and emails. As the line of sight has shifted downward, we seem to have lost a perspective of the world that vibrantly buzzes around and above us. Local photographer, Courtney Apple, is one of the few who is seeking out and embracing this spontaneous beauty by capturing it with her camera.
An ’08 graduate from Hobart and William Smith College, Apple studied photography and learned the importance of stepping back to see the world in abstract blocks of colors, sweeping away distractions in order to focus on variations in light and hues that bring her point of view to life. Apple’s love affair with the lens began well before college, and was first ignited in her middle school years while shooting friends’ shoes in the hallway.
Apple noted that she was using a “disposable camera and the photos were terrible, but I still loved each and every one of them.”
Years later, Apple’s passion for capturing life’s vivacious details has evolved into a career as a lifestyle photographer, shooting local restaurants and retail establishments, such as Bridget Foy’s, Sabrina’s Café, Vintage Connection and Bus Stop Boutique. Apple describes her style as “playful and spontaneous with a bit of an edge.” Even though her striking shots effortlessly capture life, Apple explains that she spends the time leading up to the shoot studying her subject and space, observing the texture and light. However, this examination only serves as a muse on the day of the shoot, noting that she “enjoys capturing a sense of honesty.” By not regularly setting a scene, Apple is able to photograph in an organic fashion, letting the day unfold and in turn exposing a fresh outlook.
The city of brotherly love inspires Apple on a daily basis with its perfect balance of “history, modernity, urbanization and character.”
She can often be found with her camera in hand while walking down hidden alleyways and standing in front of paint-peeled doors. Beyond her quiet city spots, Apple relishes the bustling crowds and vivid colors in the city’s outdoor markets and the famous Reading Terminal Market. Apple’s photographs offer Philadelphians the opportunity to see the city in a light that is hopeful, vivacious and honest. Above all, she lets us into her lens and gently reminds us to take a moment to capture the vibrant world around us in just one blink.
To learn more about Courtney Apple Photography, please visit http://courtneyapple.com/ or contact her at email@example.com