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Dear Reader:

I am a 15-year-old American Literature student in Centennial, Colorado who strives to be the best at what she does. My limitations frustrate me and I make every effort to beat them. Learning something new excites me and I'm always keeping an eye out for a great photograph. My weaknesses are my greatest burdens.

Photography has always been a part of my life from day one. The earliest memory of my mother is her with a big Nikon camera held up to her bright blue eyes, the lens jumping in and out of focus. I have pictures for every event of my life and have become immensely more grateful of this since I’ve gotten older. Photography never fails to intrigue me and I constantly look for the perfect picture where ever life takes me. Whether it is a picture of me and a friend, or of the sun setting behind the clouds, I endeavor to make it a great picture. Black and white photos are my absolute favorite; they give pictures a completely different dynamic and emotion. I am inspired by photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, who lived a colorful life taking pictures of celebrities, her family, and herself as well.

My personal philosophy statement is, "One should see the world with their mind, instead of their eyes for their eyes might deceive them." In The Village, Ivy has the misfortune of being blind. However, is this really a misfortune? Instead of viewing people and judging them, she has the chance to get to know them by their personality and character. It is human nature to judge someone on a first impression, which is very sad to me. I am not in any way saying that I've never done this myself, I just find it tragic that people do not get to know others simply because there is something different about them. People are afraid of change and uniqueness and close their eyes and minds to change that may be for the better. People even hide what is different and unique about themselves for fear of not being accepted or talked to. Annie Leibovitz was known for taking photos that might be seen as "out of the norm." She saw the beauty of unique and different photos and saw life through the lense of a camera and her mind rather than through judgements and her own eyes.

There is a chance for a great photograph to be taken everyday. People simply need to open up their eyes and use their mind to see it.

Sincerely,

Hannah Jackson
Just seeking the perfect picture


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