My name is Courtney Lowry. I am a 19 year old undergrad studying photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design. I've always been artistic. At a young age, I discovered the power of words and began writing stories about what it was like being a girl, falling in love, or finding an identity. I received my first camera on my sixteenth birthday and immediately had a passion for photography. Starting out, I photographed beach landscapes on family vacations, animals in zoos, and the locals from afar. In my junior year of high school, I became serious in studying photography. I enrolled in two film photography classes, where I learned not only the basics of processing film, but developing a concept in my photography. It was at this time that I grew an interest in political art pieces, specifically from the street artist Banksy. From then, I desire to create the strong and ironic pieces as Banksy does. Throughout my freshman year at SCAD, I have learned how to embrace my identity through photographs. At first, I refused to create self-portraits, but after realizing I didn't have many current pictures of myself, I realized that I was my best subject. Continuing to create self-portraits I have gained an understanding the importance of putting yourself into your art. (Literally and figuratively.) Studying at SCAD has opened my mind, and everyday I learn how to better my craft. I also love taking pictures of others, historical buildings, and products.