Today I dabbled in the art of portrait-making with the help of some of my sophomores in advisory. It’s amazing what shines through when you plop someone in front of a grey backdrop with nothing but the clothes on their back and blinding spot-lights in their face. Or perhaps hand them a pair of goggles as well? It’s not a scenario most of us are used to being in, and it brings out something different in all of us. Some cope by putting on a mask (hypothetical or literal), others become shy or bubbly. Some are perfectly at home, but they all share a piece of themselves with the camera, and I have the privilege of sharing those pieces with you. Enjoy.

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By Aniqa Rahman 

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Aniqa (pronounced On-eh-kah) is a perfect, pleasant and phenomenal photographer for The Rock and Bearing News. But all alliteration aside, Aniqa is one of the most amiable people around. Her smiles are infections, her sense of style is pulchritudinous, and her many talents are just plain precious. She can cut hair like no other and sing and dance at the same time, which explains why our beautiful belle is in show choir. And if singing and dancing isn't already quite the mix, Aniqa can also play the ukulele, guitar and piano (though not at the same time). She loves to hike, and is in the recently resurrected True False Film Club. If you see Aniqa in the hallways, don't be afraid to give her a hearty "Bonjour!" (yes, she'll understand since she's also in French Honors Society), because you'll receive in return a beautiful smile that will definitely make your day.


  1. I love the story that each of these tells and I agree with Urmila. It’s amazing what can happen when you put a person in front of a camera and get to see their personality shine through.


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