By Mandy Caron

Monmouth Academy

Everyone has his or her different passions and/or hobbies. One of mine happens to be photography. It is my art. Some people paint, sculpt, or draw; I gave up trying with the paint set and pencil and am now making an attempt to go out and capture the world as I see it, through the lens of my camera. My stick figures, trust me, could never pass as art.

It had been a hobby of mine since I was quite young; but for a while in between then and now, I hadn’t picked up a camera. With recently renewed interest, I decided to splurge a little and buy myself a camera of better quality. “If I’m going to do something, I ought to do it right,” I reasoned.

Landscapes and still-life are what acquire the bulk of my attention. Plainly put, they don’t move. You’ve got plenty of time to focus the way you want to, and don’t have to worry about subject running off from you. The way I see it, the world moves too fast anyway; that’s what people see all the time. I want to convey the serenity of objects that are there, constant, and often go un-noticed. I want to give viewers a glimpse into my perspective, but the option to create their own.

My latest adventures include journeying all around various towns, somewhat nearby, with a good friend of mine. We both seem to have taken interest in photography; which, to me, seems a good thing to have someone who also shares in the admiration of the hobby, because lasting memories are bound to be made and you have it right on that roll of film. We’ve taken photographs of simple things, which are nearly next door to us, but are often overlooked in the great rush.

If a picture can say a thousand words, then I’ve spoken enough for a lifetime, but hope to continue speaking for a long time. Individuality is the best thing about art, in my perspective. It offers so many options for people to express themselves without saying a word. My tool? My Canon.

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