Change is never more obvious than it is during the fall. With coloured leaves scattering around and a chill creeping into the air, change is, quite literally, everywhere. But the inevitable process is often much more subtle and nuanced, so we asked Ryerson photographers to send us their best photos representing change.
Sometimes you’ve got to be unafraid. Fearless. Fearless of change. How can you expect to be extraordinary when you’re not willing to change? When you’re not willing to do something different? When you’re not willing to step out of your comfort zone? Aspire to be different, adapt to change, and pursue greatness.
Photographer: Abdullah Memon, second-year business technology management
I am always impressed how changing your outfit can change your mood, attitude, confidence, and sometimes, even behaviour. Different styles of clothes can make you feel like a different person, or more — it can make you feel like you are travelling in time. Finally, and most obviously, changing the way you dress also affects how people perceive you and the assumptions they make about you.
Photographer: Amanda Skrabucha, second-year journalism
Change happened for me when I began to realize the world was bigger than myself.
Time changes and we naturally evolve. I strive to evolve into something better and learn from my surroundings.
I created this image in high school for a self-portrait project. I wanted to explore themes of Sigmund Freud and the uncanny: the opposite of what is familiar. Now, as I have grown into myself, I’ve realized the only constant is change.
Change of self, change of time, and change of space and perception.
Embrace the duality and complexities of the self.
Photographer: Christina Espositio, third-year journalism
Although “change” holds different meanings depending on how it is placed in a sentence, to me, its most powerful connotation is self-discovery. We all naturally go through a whole journey of getting to know who we are as individuals, and there often is a certain feeling of satisfaction to know you’ve changed through the process, even if the changes are incremental, or insignificant. You never stop discovering yourself, and the most exciting part of it all is the different forms of changes you go through as you do.
Photographer: Karen Habib, first-year film studies
I know it may seem typical to use a picture of a fall scene, but to me it feels like seasons represent so much more than just their changing appearance. For me, and I’m sure many others, this fall was full of many changes; moving away from home and starting school in an unfamiliar city where I didn’t know a single soul. This fall, I experienced the biggest change thus far in my life.
Photographer: Marissa Lentz, first-year journalism
It’s inescapable. It’s something you can always count on. You can either fight it or embrace it, but change will always be. I have a hard time with the weight of the word, myself. I tend to get comfortable and fall in love with the way something is, but change (whether it be progression or digression) is inevitable.
Photographer: Melissa Myre, third-year journalism
If you look up “change” in the dictionary, it says: “make or become different.” You don’t need to think big. Change can be as small as getting new shirts and not wearing old ones. Start small; just look a little different from how you were yesterday, and make a change in your life.
Photographer: Mohammadali Saremi, second-year mechanical engineering
I think change is an unstoppable process. It’s a straight-forward way to define it, but it sums it up nicely. As much as change can be about making things happen, we also have to accept that things will simply happen on their own accord as well. You have to roll with the punches and pick yourself up off the ground, regardless of what change may bring.
Photographer: Nicole Landry, first-year RTA media production