Johnson Nguyen’s Colorful Photography

Photography is an amazing skill and being able to take something as simple as a picture and turn it into a work of art requires creativity and skills, both of which senior Johnson Nguyen showcased in his photography project for AP art.    

“The series of photos are for my art portfolio that I am sending to colleges for my AP Art Studio class, but I also take photos because it is my hobby,” said Nguyen.

Johnson could have picked anything to feature, but he decided to use the faces of Everett students as inspiration. His idea of implementing multiple primary colors came from a Youtuber he follows.  

“My inspiration came from YouTuber and photographer Jessica Kobeissi. I am a huge fan of her work and when I saw a photo of her with two different colors it inspired me to try it myself,” said Nguyen. (You can check her out here:

The assignment challenged the AP Studio Art students to create either 2D or 3D art, choosing between drawing, photos, etc. The students then submitted their favorite piece.

“[You] show that you can do more than just your main type of art, and then you choose five of your best works from either…[and then] you send the actual piece of art to the colleges,” he said.

He was able to use resources at school and home to bring more light and emphasize with colors, drawing attention to the model’s face. Instead of having a boring portrait, his photography brings life into the photo.

‘’The colors and dark background are appealing to the eyes and make you focus more on the person’s face, but kind of with a twist,” said junior Amy Phan, who had her portrait shot by Nguyen.

He also used special tricks to make his photos more professional.

“I stick tape over my phone’s flashlight and then color over it with a colored sharpie,” said Nguyen.

Another of Johnson’s models said it was a great opportunity.

“It was a fun experience and if he ever asked to take pictures of me again I’d love to,” said freshman Vanessa Esquivel. “He’s a good photographer, I see him doing good in the future.”

Most of them said posing was harder than actually taking the picture.

“Knowing how to pose was difficult; I didn’t know what to do so the picture looked natural,” said senior Suldano Abukar.

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