Photographer of the Year is Jada Johannes.......
Jada Johannes, daughter of April and Ryan Johannes & Kelly and Aaron Molitor, was recently named Royalton High School's Photographer of the year. The honor was earned for her photography efforts both in and out of school.
"My love for the arts (drawing, photography, writing) has always been a huge part of my life. Ever since my tiny tot years, I've found myself to be a person who looks beyond what's presented in front of my eyes. There is a story behind every drawing, photograph, painting, etc. that most eyes never take time to see. Every one of my photos has a message or story that I'm trying to share. Photography, which I was introduced to by my high school art teacher when asked to take pictures for yearbook, has given me the power and tools to share things that are mostly left unsaid. About five years ago, I bought my first tiny, under-standard camera. I learned shortly that it's not just the camera quality, it's the personal love for the photography process that opens your eyes to endless new images seen by passion. Anyone can buy a camera and take nice photos, but a photo only means as much as the thought put into it. I recently purchased an upgraded camera that will allow me to take my photography to the next level. I now do yearbook photos and photo shoots for friends & family along with my own personal photos. Photography gives me an outlet to open the bottled-up things felt inside or things I feel strongly about. I can take what I feel and physically capture it, then share it with those who feel the same. I hope to continue advancing my photography knowledge through high school. Photography is not just a skill, but a story shown through a lens, consumed in passion."
"Jada had the 'it' factor as an artist when she entered my room as an eighth grader," said Royalton high school art instructor Carl Halverson. "What the 'it' factor is and what you do with 'it' is what is one of the most exciting parts of working with young people. Jada, only a freshman, surpassed the expectations that I have for my senior high photography students. When asked to shoot photos at a sporting event, most high school students don't show me much of a variety of compositional skills. Most of the time, the photos are all taken from a mile away (the bleachers) and have little meaning or no point to them at all. They are just some random player dribbling a ball, taken from a distance. Jada shows me five or six photos of the same player or subject, and each photo is different from the next in areas of composition, angle, line of sight, lighting, shutter speed, focus, or point of emphasis. Let's take that same, random player mentioned above, as seen through the eyes of a student who possesses and understands.... 'it.'
The player's face grimaces in pain as he darts past his off-balanced defender. His black, Nike brand shoes squeak against the glistening finish of the hardwood court. His teeth are clenched tightly, while beads of sweat run past his dripping brow. The ball, stopped in mid-air by the shutter speed of the camera, displays it's leathery, honey-combed texture and golden embossed logo.
That's 'it'. It's the factor that separates students who 'like taking pictures' from student-artists like Jada, who 'capture the moment in time' through their photography as an art form."