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New Club Exposes EMS Students to the Wonders of Photography

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
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Photo credit: Paige Bottarelli

Photography club, the newest club at Landmark Elementary•Middle School, is the product of a casual conversation between two teachers—and photo enthusiasts. Lauri Johnson and Erin Herzeelle share a love for photography and discussed how they could cultivate a similar passion in their students. 

Ms. Herzeelle studied photography and print-making at Wellesley College, and for the past two years, Ms. Johnson has strolled campus with students during milkbreaks and lunches, seeking out evocative scenes for the Landmark photo contest. Ms. Johnson noted the enthusiasm of the students, and wanted to offer them an opportunity to expand their knowledge and foster their creativity. 

"Additional creative outlets are so helpful for our students and enrich our learning and lives," said Ms. Johnson. 

Budding Artists

Students are learning the basics of photography, including ratios, aspect, focus, perspectives, and editing. "With these skills, they will be able to take better photos with anything—even a phone!," Ms. Johnson added. The club is open to students in grades 5–8 grade and will culminate with a digital portfolio and exhibit for each student.

"The students are really loving the club and come eager each week to learn a new skill, go out and take pictures, then share and discuss their photos with one another," Ms. Herzeelle said. "Today one of the students commented as time ended, 'that was way too short!'"