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Snapshot: LHS photographers through a new lens

May 13, 2019

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Snapshot: LHS photographers through a new lens

Jada Carlson received an award from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her photo,

Jada Carlson received an award from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her photo, "Quiet"

Jada Carlson

Jada Carlson received an award from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her photo, "Quiet"

Jada Carlson

Jada Carlson

Jada Carlson received an award from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her photo, "Quiet"

Jada Carlson

Introspection: the examination or observation of one’s own mental and emotional processes.
LHS junior Jada Carlson has mastered the art of introspection with her portraits, both of herself and others.
“My self portraits are very spontaneous and in the moment. I hardly plan ahead for those photos rather, I shoot five to ten photos in whatever lighting and background I have,” said Carlson. “With my portraits I do of other people, I try to emulate their personality through different techniques I’ve learned from various things, from books, to documentaries and, of course, social media.”
Part of Carlson’s success on social media stems from her open and vulnerable perspective on mental health. The emotions associated with adolescent years are often complex and unexplainable, but Carlson has the ability to interpret and display them through minimalistic images that hold a much deeper meaning.
“With my self-portraits, I take whatever emotion I’m feeling in that moment and try to convey it in a simplistic photo,” said Carlson. “If they convey the right message, they’re in. If not, I don’t photograph that emotion until I feel it again, if ever.”
More from the artist: ([email protected])

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  • Jada Carlson received an award from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her photo, "Quiet"

    Jada Carlson

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Jemal Berzati

Contrast: the state of being strikingly different from something else in juxtaposition or close association.

Contrast is the main element in junior Jemal Berzati’s photography, with both portraits and nature shots. He uses the two different types of photos to incorporate differing personalities and styles.

“In portraits, it’s all about the individual, but in my nature photos, I have the ability to express myself and my vision,” said Berzati. “Before coming to LHS, I always thought of portraits and how I can develop my own style within portraiture. However, I’ve met some amazing artists at LHS that have helped me gain a new appreciation for nature photography.”

With the components of nature versus nurture, Berzati allows his imagination to take a walk on the wild side with each photoshoot.

“Once I have an idea, whether it’s by looking for inspiration from Instagram or at previous photos I’ve taken, I intend to set out on the idea,” said Berzati. “Gathering my gear and setting out on an adventure is where the creativity begins because what happens next is entirely unpredictable.”

That unpredictability has made its way into hundreds of beautiful photos Berzati has taken. Whether it be a summer night in DTSF or a cold night in the Robert Frost playground, there is always a shot to capture.

More from the artist: ([email protected])

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Jared Rundell

Fluid: a substance that has no fixed shape and yields easily to external pressure.

Make no mistake, senior Jared Rundell is not afraid of the unknown. No matter the concept he has been challenged with, Rundell will find the beauty within the chaos.

“My inspiration comes from the people I take pictures of or from myself,” said Rundell. “I love hearing what people want me to take pictures of and I love trying to come up with crazy ideas that I haven’t tried before. New experiences really drive me.”

Without a set approach weighing him down, Rundell has had the opportunities to experiment with different themes in his work.

“I’m not really sure what my style is, but the art I like to create is old fashion film photography looking pieces. I just love the old style,” said Rundell. “I’m not really sure if I have a favorite [image], but the ones I love the most are the ones that let me express myself on a level that describes who I am.”

With self-expression driving his art, Rundell continues to show the world his true colors in each shot.

More from the artist: (Instagram- @jared.rundell)

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