I got the opprotunity to interview Grace Call, a local high school student who has turned her love for photography into a growing business. With her passion and help from a few other photographers, Grace and her friends were able to save the dwindling Photo Club at UAHS. I spoke with her about the importance of clubs and how photography has shaped her as a growing individual.
Tell me about the role of social media in your art: Social media is a really good way to reach out to people. It’s a great tool for photographers. At first it was frustrating because my main goal was to gain followers and reach a ton of people but now I use it as a place to post my pictures without caring about the popularity. My art is for me.
What did you want to be as a child: A detective. I was super into mystery novels.
Photography is becoming increasingly popular in our culture- how do you keep your work true to you: A lot of the stuff I do happens by accident. I draw inspiration, but I don’t try to replicate it. My best pictures have happened unplanned or even accidental. I draw a lot of inspiration from older things like film. I try to put my own modern spin on it.
In a school full of kids trying to blend in, how do you find your own style: Fake it ‘till you make it. I’m super into 90’s grunge clothes.
What is your role in photo club at UAHS: Photo club is like my baby. I love it so much, it makes me so happy. When I was a freshman I joined photoclub. It wasn’t really going anywhere, we didn’t do a lot of projects. Mr. Witt, the photo teacher came to me and the few people that were still coming and asked if we could save it. We started an instagram, put up posters, and tried to get the word out and it blew up this year. We do a lot of in-studio shoots, film projects, and weekend challenges.
Why do you think it is important to keep clubs alive: Clubs fuel your interests and let you exercise what you’re really passionate about. I met so many wonderful people I would have otherwise not met if I hadn’t joined. I think they really make people feel like they feel like they belong to something.
Explain Redlens Photos: My favoritie color is red. My camera strap and all of the little details are red. There’s a red ring on the lens so I just put the two together.
What do you see for in your future: I honestly have no idea. I go with the flow. I’m not going to put myself on a set path because I know things will change. I’m really interested in phycology. I also think that being a National Geographic photographer would be the coolest thing ever.
How does it make you feel to have found a passion like this at such a young age: I think it’s wonderful. It gives you something that you can always hold onto, it gives you some direction. I know that I will always have this.
To see more of Grace’s work and photography services, check out @redlensphotos on Instagram.