My name is Ross Ernan Zentner. I take pictures and point lights at people.
Growing up I was exposed to many types of arts, music, and theatre. My first chance to get involved came in eighth grade where I took a speech class. It was through this class I was able to get involved with stage crew which opened up a new world to me. This interest carried over to high school. I lived in the theatre. Learning as much as I could about the production of theatre. During my sophomore year a local summer stock theatre was looking for a production assistant. I quickly jumped at the opportunity. Thanks to this job I had the chance to be involved in many aspects of theatre; running lights and sound, set construction, and even house management. I owe many thanks to Josh Burton who gave me this first opportunity.
As a kid I was the one hiding behind the camera or picking up the video camera. While working at the summer theatre I begun saving money. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. A good friend was really into photography and I decided to give it a try. He took me to the camera store and helped me pick out my first camera. A Nikon Coolpix 5900…a whopping 5 megapixels with no manual controls. I am still thankful for that to this day. I was because of the lack of control that I was able to concentrate on what I was photographing instead of what settings to use.
By the end of high school I knew I wanted to continue with theatre. Unfortunately I was unable to get housing at UW: Milwaukee straight out of high school. I took classes at UW: Rock County and continued to take pictures. Photography quickly grew to be more than just a hobby. After two years I transferred to UW: Milwaukee to pursue a degree in theatre. Through photography and school I started working around Milwaukee. I graduated from UWM in December 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Production with Emphasis in Lighting Design.