Photo contest highlights students’ passion for photography

By Marisa Patwa and Eman Albash

Mystery woman

Senior Margaret Wunderlich did not consider herself to be a photographer until she took Photo 1 her sophomore year, which was the beginning of her strong passion for photography.  Wunderlich said after a while she developed a certain photographic style.

“My photos are usually very dark and creepy,” Wunderlich said. “It is just kind of how all my art is—I love to take mysterious photos that are very ambiguous.”

For most of her photos, Wunderlich will set up scenes and use people as her main subject.

“I think it is most interesting with a human model,” she said. “I do not do many still lifes.”

Wunderlich has entered the contest three times and submitted 12 photos to the contest this year alone. However, she said the photography process does not always run smoothly.

“I ran into problems with the alternative process photos and black and white,” Wunderlich said. “It is very time-consuming to make new copies, and often times if there is a problem with your negative, it is impossible to really fix it.”

Last year Wunderlich’s work paid off because she won second place in the surreal/image manipulation category.

“Having your photo printed really big up in the hallways is the best part of winning the photo contest,” Wunderlich said. “You know you have made your mark on the school and people will be looking at your work for years to come.”

Although Wunderlich did not win the contest this year, she continues to excel at photography.

City slicker

Senior James Baugh has been interested in photography ever since his dad bought him his first digital camera when he was in sixth grade.

Although Baugh said he likes all different types of photographs and is still in the experimentation stage, he takes a lot of night shots.

“I like long exposures and stuff like that,” Baugh said. “Especially city shots.”

This year, Baugh entered the photo contest for the fourth time. His photos, which did not win due to fierce competition, were an arrangement from downtown Chicago, IL to Vail, Colo.

Baugh has shadowed a professional photographer at an OSU lacrosse game to sharpen his talent. He said he hopes to continue excelling in photography throughout his high school career and turn his passion into a job one day. However, he notes that it is hard to be very successful in the art world.

I will always continue to take photos,” Baugh said. “Making a living of it would be very difficult, but it is not out of the question.”