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Photography Club meets weekly at Adair County Middle School
By Linda Waggener
The Adair County Middle School Photography Club was founded by Natalie Bardin last semester with a mission to share her skills and learn together with others who share an interest. Regulars in the Club with her are Skylar Gilbert, Zoey Grant, Keely Kerns, and sponsor Mrs. Tina Hadley.
The group met this week as they have each Tuesday after school, spending the first few minutes talking about goings on since their last meeting. Specifically, this week, their conversation included how very much they miss their fellow Photography Club member Shyanna Marie Harmon who lost her life March 20, 2022 from injuries received in an automobile accident.
Natalie said, "Shyanna had been one who'd contributed a lot of work in this Club." She called on Shyanna's best friend to share special memories.
Skylar Gilbert brought a creative photo Shyanna had made just before her passing. She said they'd both loved of photography and dreamed of how it might work into their lifetime careers.
The picture showed Shyanna's gift for creative art in photography. It showed her sandle clad foot in the air against a bright blue sky background, and the matching empty shoe, as if a reflection over a pool, perched on top. It takes some study to finally figure out how she'd arranged the picture puzzler.
"Once Shyanna came to my house to help me set up a computer," Skylar said. "In the unpacking and setup, and trying to help each other, we were laughing and crying, then we turned something over, another crash, and more laughing and crying. There was always laughter."
Mrs. Hadley said, "this experience has been really good for making new friends. Many times we just know each other in passing through the halls, but by working together in this group, we are able to form lasting relationships."
In their meetings they share knowledge taking them a little deeper into the art of taking better and better pictures. They learn key words like lighting, important because without it you can't see what's going on in the picture. After they learn what a difference lighting makes in a picture, they learn about controllable lighting versus uncontrollable lighting.
They learn about photo editing and composition. They practice and share their work in google classroom experiences so that their skills development isn't constrained just to one hour a week, but all through the week.
Zoey Grant will be the leader next year as she begins eighth grade. Natalie moves on to Adair County High School this fall but will be coming back to help out.
She said, "Each person has something they're special at - the Photography Club is a place where students can discover if this might be one of their gifts." Natalie is now owner of her own business - nbardinphotography - and will be scheduling appointments through the summer. She can be reached on Facebook.
This story was posted on 2022-04-15 09:34:00
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