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The art of science

Ana Cahuiche THE RIDER

I have a passion for science and art and this is what has gotten me to where I am now. I work as a photographer for The Rider, but unlike what many may think, I am not an art or communication major. I am a biology major.

When I tell people about this apparent contrast they usually get surprised, but that is when I get to share my philosophy: Science is art.

For many years, I participated in art camps, dance classes, gymnastics and other artsy activities, but at the same
time I would come home with excellent grades in my science courses and awards for related activities. This helped me discover my love for learning about our world and how it works.

My dual passion for the two “opposite” branches of study continues to this day. When we talk about science, we might think we are talking about something completely different from art.

Art is defined by the Merriam Webster Dictionary as a “skill acquired by experience, study, or observation,” “a branch of learning, one of the humanities” and also as “an occupation requiring knowledge or skill.”

Looking at this definition might help one see the similarities between science and art more clearly. The same applies to art: It requires analyzing and studying a certain thing in order to get the desired results in a piece.

Take a moment to consider the materials used to create any kind of artwork, things such as paint, paper,
pencils, light, angles and shadows. They are all main components of science.

We can say science is an art and art is a science–this is my philosophy.

Growing up, you are told to search for your passion, to find your way, to find something you like and go in that direction, but what happens when you have a mutual love for two opposite things? Which one do you follow? What road do you take? Is it one or the other?My answer would be–take both! Don’t stop doing the things you love. Find a way to keep growing in the areas you are passionate about.

In my case, I found that even though I loved dancing, taking photographs, painting and cooking, these things would not give me the same satisfaction as learning about how the body and our world works. Once you realize these
things, your priorities will become clear.

I learned that my curiosity was bigger than my creativity, so even though it’s a more difficult path, I followed my dream to become a surgeon.

Because I never neglected my skills in art, today I can enjoy growing into my professional career and at the same time, enjoy the fruits of what one day were only hobbies by working as a photographer for The Rider.

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