Ruth Geneus is one of the most creative teenagers attending Huntington High School. The senior has grown into an exceptional young photographer and her work is increasingly gaining the attention of art lovers.
Ms. Geneus has worked closely with Huntington photography teacher Pamela Piffard for many years. Currently enrolled in Advanced Placement Studio Art 2-D Design Portfolio, her work has never been better.
The teenager has the ability to bring a project from the conceptualization stage to completion with impressive results. As her senior year moves along, Ms. Geneus is expected to enter a variety of competitions. She seems assured of receiving plenty of formal recognition before wrapping up a sensational four year run.
Huntington High School senior Ruth Geneus.
Photography teacher Pam Piffard on Ruth Geneus . . .
“Ruth is a very special person. She has a zest for life that is unmatched. She creates art non-stop and is an inspiration to her peers. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching Ruth grow as an artist and I am so proud of how far she has come. Her hard work is evident in the beautiful work she has produced.”
Questions and Answers with Ruth Geneus
Q: How old are you and what grade are you in?
Ruth Geneus: “I’m 17 and in twelfth grade.”
Q: How did you first get interested in photography?
Ruth Geneus: “I took Intro to Photography two years ago and last year I took Advanced Photography, but it wasn’t until this year in AP 2D that I really fell in love with the art of photography. I love the freedom that comes with being in AP. I’ve been allowed to truly show my creativity and showcase my ideas. Having to choose one specific concentration for my images has helped me realize where my passions and talent really are.”
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
Ruth Geneus: “I love to look at the work of other artists. Seeing beautiful images motivates me to create my own beauty. Having the opportunity to look at so many other artists’ work via social media has been inspiring.”
Q: Is there any specific type of photography you like best?
Ruth Geneus: “Photographic portraits are truly where my strength lies. I feel most at home when working with models and using them to create emotion within my images.”
Q: How has the Huntington photography program helped you with your love of photography?
Ruth Geneus: “The photography program has helped me blossom so much. I’ve become so proud of my work. I love the great feedback and the critiques that have helped me grow as an artist. I now know what I like.”
Q: What has your experience taking AP 2D been like?
Ruth Geneus: “My experience with taking AP 2D has been amazing. The outcome of everything has exceeded my expectations. I’m so thankful for my photography teacher, who has stood by my side since day one and has given me such amazing ideas. She’s always excited to help me and I’m so lucky for that kind of support. The feedback from my peers has motivated me to keep showing my creative voice.”
Q: Tell us about the idea behind your AP concentration?
Ruth Geneus: “The idea behind my AP concentration is to show both my models and the world the beauty in the pigment of their skin. I wanted each model to see themselves the way I see them. I decided to use glitter to emphasize their skin color and made sure every one of them felt beautiful. Throughout this whole process I’ve grown to embrace myself so much more and I have so much more confidence in myself. By showing others their beauty, I was able to learn to love my own. I hope my work can help other people see their own beauty.”
Q: What are your plans for next year?
Ruth Geneus: “Next year I’m going to college. I want to hopefully become a doctor one day’ a pediatrician to be exact. But photography will always be a hobby of mine for sure.”