Young photographer Lione Clare shares her story
Once again this year we have a free to enter young category open to all of the budding young photographers out there. We are looking for any image at all featuring food. Food in the field, food on your plate, food in the street. Wherever you see food, you can take a prize-winning image as a young category entrant.
There are three age groups: 15-17, 11-14, 10 and under. David Loftus, one of the world's leading food photographers, particularly known for his work with Jamie Oliver for his cookery books, will once again be one of the judges for the category.
Before we close to entries on the 8th February 2015 we invited Lione Clare, our Young 15-17 winner in 2014 to tell us more about herself and her photography journey to date. Her winning image 'Crafting tortillas' is seen left.
I was born and raised in the small island town of Sitka, Alaska in southeast Alaska. When I started becoming very interested in photography about four years ago, I began job shadowing our local newspaper photographer, James Poulson. He lent me his old Nikon D90 and explained the basics of shutter speed and aperture, but challenged me to figure out how to work with them in-camera. Throughout the summer, I accompanied him to events, but also covered some on my own that were featured in the paper. When James decided to go on a family vacation for a week, which is something he hadn’t done in a long time, and left me in charge of the photographs, I was put to the test. This was a really big deal for me at just fourteen, but I felt confident. I worked with James again the following summer, and then decided to attend Maine Media Workshops in June of 2012. I purchased my own camera, a Nikon D3100, and took a two-week advanced digital photography intensive that was fantastic. The week after, Tim Grey, a photographer, writer, and educator in New York City, generously mentored me. I learned more than I thought there was to know about photography in those three weeks completely focused on photography. I returned home with a new, confirmed passion.
A few months later, Tim suggested I apply for the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) High School Scholarship. He connected me with Gabby Salazar, who kindly nominated me and helped me through the process. I was so surprised when I found out I was one of ten scholarship recipients chosen from around the entire continent. We all attended the 2013 NANPA Summit in Jacksonville, FL, where renowned photographers spoke and presented their work. We also got the privilege to spend four days prior to the Summit working with four qualified nature photography instructors on Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia. The entire experience was inspirational and life changing; I now have many connections and resources to help me move forward with my photography.
I’m not experienced in food photography. I mostly do nature and landscape photography, but did become interested in food a couple years ago. I love to cook and bake and photograph almost everything I make. However, my favorite is pies, because they usually take the most work (I like to do lattice crusts). Plus, they are always so beautiful!
Although I like photographing what I bake, my favorite area of food photography is cultural, like my photo that won the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year Young 15-17 category last year. I think cultural food is an art in itself; the woman I photographed had mastered making tortillas like it was a simple craft, yet it was a struggle for all visitors who tried. In the future, I would like to travel more and take photographs of food and culture.
This past summer, I worked with the Sitka Conservation Society in my hometown on an international photography project called “Meet Your Neighbours”. I learned about this project in a talk given by co-founder Clay Bolt at the NANPA Summit. Meet Your Neighbours subjects can be any small plant or animal, but they must be photographed on a white background to give the project a uniform look. All photographing must be done out in the field. The project’s goal is to reconnect people with the wildlife in their backyards. My hope was to do this in the Tongass National Forest that surrounds my home. For more information about the project, visit: www.meetyourneighbours.net. To see a slideshow of my photographs, please visit: https://vimeo.com/114507813.
I am attending college at the University of Montana and am studying Resource Conservation and Journalism. I took a climate change studies course and worked on a photojournalism project highlighting the work of 1,000 New Gardens of Missoula, MT. To learn about how gardening can help mitigate climate change, and how to prepare a garden for the winter, please watch my sideshow at: https://vimeo.com/113354127
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