During an awards ceremony on Monday,
April 21, Morgan Southern, a sophomore at Chatham Charter School, was announced
as one of the winners at the state level in photography competitions sponsored
through the Dolly Madison Woman’s Club and General Federation of Women’s Clubs.
Earlier in the winter, Southern had
initial success at the district level General Federation of Women’s Clubs
(GFWC-NC) District 4 Arts Festival in which she won six first place awards, one
second place award, and a third place award in various areas spanning from
still life photographs to color shots of “the world in pictures” as a
category. The district competition
spanned ten area counties including Alamance, Forsyth, and Guilford.
She then advanced to the state
competition, the GFWC-NC State Arts Festival, held on the campus of Campbell University
in March. There seven of her nine
photography submissions earned top three recognitions. Four of Southern’s photographs placed second
and three placed third.
Among the subjects Southern chose for her
submissions were a street market scene in Antigua; a man fishing on Lake
Atitlan in Guatemala; a close-up of bicycle wheel with a trolley passing by in
the background entitled Reflections at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco; and
a self portrait in three silhouettes in a 19th century Eden house
window. The photographs are currently on
display in the high school building of Chatham Charter School. A digital slideshow is also posted on the
school website (www.chathamcharter.org).
“I picked up photography about
two years ago and have been able to build on my skills through reading,
websites, and advice. I love photography
because I can capture moments in life that are candid and not ever able to be
replayed. The joy I get from seeing a
frame perfectly composed through my viewfinder cannot be replaced by anything.
Imogen Cunningham once said "Which of my photographs is my favorite? The
one I'm going to take tomorrow." For me this amplifies how I feel about
photography. I long to capture people's emotions and their environments for
years to come so that I can share these moments with everyone around the world.
I want to be able to spark an emotion and passion within people for many
tomorrows far into the future,” explained Southern who hopes to pursue
photography as a career.
Southern is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs.