Denise Tombers, 27, is already a trained photographer and has just completed her second B.A. Photography semester at the University of Applied Sciences Europe (UE). For her excellent works she just got a scholarship for the half of her tuition fee valid this winter semester.
Now she's telling us a bot more about it:
Congratulations for your prize! Were you expecting it?
Thank you very much! Not really. If you go into something with expectations, then the disappointment is deeper when it doesn’t turn out, so I’m all the happier that I’ve made it this time. Besides, I knew that two of my classmates also entered the competition.
What’s your project about? What did you want to express with it?
I displayed a cross-section of individual project works and two free topics from my last two semesters.
Among other things, my photography topic for the semester was heroes. In my case, I wanted to spotlight animal heroes - assistance dogs. I displayed two photo series of two different assistance dogs and told their little stories in this project.
In the first free project I addressed my 10-month trip to Australia. The project was titled “Australia in 10 pictures”, in which I combined text and images in a small book. I was able to turn it into a real book during the bookbinding course in my project week at Buchbinderei Mergemeier in Düsseldorf. Now I have a nice memento of my trip that I bound myself.
The second small project focused on my definition of home. I don’t want to define home as a single location, but every place where I have spent longer than 6 weeks, as I have left a piece of my heart and would love to return there.
Why do you think you’ve deserved the prize?
That’s a difficult question. I really don’t know how to answer that. I don’t want to sound presumptuous. I think the jury saw that social responsibility is very close to my heart and they wanted to support me with the award.
In a sentence: How was the time at UE for you?
Was? It IS awesome! I’m happy to be here!
What is a UE highlight story that has shaped you as a student?
I have experienced so many beautiful moments with my classmates. We had a lot of fun in class, cracked jokes, started a list of puns and a penalty box, and teased each other. We have already gone on some nice study trips, for instance we were in Maastricht together and we walked at night and had a barbecue last semester in the lighting design class. These are all awesome things that have left an impression. My professors and instructors are great. It is a lot of fun!
Creativity knows no boundaries. What was the bravest thing you did during your studies?
The two free projects were the bravest things I’ve done, especially creating and binding the book about Australia and then showing it to others in class and at the exams, as well as sending it in for my scholarship application, because it was a very personal work that touches me.
Create your story. Inspire the world. Do you have a dream, what are your plans? What do you want to inspire the world with?
I would like to discover the world with its different peoples and cultures. Not doing the typical touristy things. Meet the locals and live with them. I would like to travel to the East Asia or Latin America / Cuba, and back to Tanzania to see what has changed. Show people how wonderful the world is and that we should pay attention to the world, without sounding preachy. Share my travel experience with others. Encounters help us all grow.
Now tell us honestly, do you have any ideas about your time after UE?
No! I’ll first see what paths the degree will open up for me. If it’s at all possible, I would like a second working holiday visa. Australia has kindly raised the maximum age for work and holiday visas!
Congratulations at this point and all the best for the future!