Chrysalis is an annual journal that features literary work in English and Spanish, as well as visual art, published by El Paso Community College. Chrysalis publishes work by EPCC’s students, faculty, and staff, as well as writers and artists of all ages from the community at large.
Good afternoon all! Last blog I stated how were doing radical things here in the Chrysalis, such as trying to implement our users' works in the blog, posting more frequently and more relevant stuff, and whatever else we can think of. We reached out to one of our contributors, Paola Rayos, who submitted two wonderful pictures, Una Larga Caminata and El Tercer Aire for this year's Chrysalis. We conducted our first interview to get to learn more of her, which she was happy to oblige in! And without further ado, here it is:
1.To start off, would you introduce
yourself to our viewers? Are you a faculty member or a student?
My name is Paola and I am 19 years of age, I currently graduated from EPCC
Valle Verde, and now I am transferring to UTEP.
2.So, what do you do? What are your
I like to write and take pictures but before those my passion is singing.
3.Why did you choose to pursue all of
I chose to pursue photography (as a hobby at least) because I like to
capture the special and beautiful moments in my life.
4.Have you ever submitted to other publications in the past?
No, this would be my first time
submitting any of my works.
5.Are your hobbies something you might want to pursue as a career?
Yes, definitely, right now I am going to pursue a degree in Psychology,
but in between that I would like to take some courses to get better at taking
6.So how much have you done? Have you
amassed a sizable collection yet?
I have a big collection of pictures I have taken in all my trips, I have
traveled to several places in Mexico and I love to take my camera to all these
7.Where do you get your inspiration for
what you do?
The moment and the place, like I said—I have traveled to a lot of
beautiful places, and not capturing a beautiful moment is a waste of time, so
those two things motivate me to take pictures.
8.Some people try to convey a message
through their work. Others create for themselves. What would you say is your
reason for why you take pictures?
I love to share the moments I experienced in the amazing places I’ve been
in with people, that’s the kind of art I do.
9.Will you continue your passions in the future and submit to publications?
Of course! I hope I
can get better with time and submit my art to many publications.
10.If there was any way we here at the Chrysalis
could do to help aspiring photographers like yourself, what would you want
I would recommend Chrysalis to do an exhibition at EPCC campuses.
11. Any advice you want to give for those in your shoes?
My advice is to never get discouraged. Even if you’re not a professional
doesn’t mean your work is not good enough, so always have passion for what you
As a bonus for our viewers, here is a picture of hers we could not include in this year's edition but will share with all our blog viewers!
Your friendly, neighborhood editor-in-chief here again with some information, a bit of knowledge, and some musings to share with you all. For those whose time is very valuable to them, I would like to state that we are still alive and kicking (though they are small kicks with great pauses in between).
I would first like to say I hope your classes are going well so far. This semester still barely started so make sure to study and keep your heads above water. But while you're all hard at work, feel free to give us some submissions as well for the Chrysalis. All you writers, artists, and photographers out there, please submit any and all work you have!
It's been a hectic two years now, especially with me attending UTEP and EPCC earlier this year for the first time, but I've learned to gauge the level of difficulty of my new classes much better over time. I'll still be here for one more Chrysalis, until I finally finish my degree and move on, but I'll be …