(Photo Credit: Makena’s Flickr photostream)
I met Makena at the ‘09 Maui Photo Festival as one of the high school scholarship winners – all of which were pretty amazing for shooters their age. Since the festival in September, I’ve been following along with her work on Twitter and the beginning of her 365 project on Flickr at the start of the year. It’s been great watching her experiment with a lot of different techniques and really starting to come into her own style this year.
Perhaps one of the things I envy the most about Makena (aside from living on Maui 😛 ) is that she’s coming into this hobby at such an ideal age. When you talk about teenagers getting into something with as much commitment and dedication to a craft that she is now, you can definitely tell that they have a bright future ahead of them and the sky is the limit with what they can, and will, accomplish.
Finding Makena’s Photos
In addition to posting the daily photos in her 365 project on her Facebook page, you can also find them and outtakes on her Flickr account. It is certainly a lot easier to see the collective set on Flickr, and compare images from the beginning of the year to the recent weeks.
When you check out those photos on both sites, you’ll notice a reoccurring theme in both places – that is the support an encouragement of her friends and her family. From acting as models to providing feedback and coming up with new ideas, there’s a lot of positive energy there that only fosters great things.
If you do have a Flickr or Facebook account, you’ll certainly want to follow along for the rest of this year and with where Makena’s work with photography may take her. If she follows her aspirations in photography in the future, I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from her.
Back to the Festival
Although I won’t be making the trip back to Maui for this year’s photography festival, I still will be following along with everyone. In addition to Makena, I made so many connections last year that I still keep tabs on, and there will be more MPF alumni that will be featured in this series in the coming weeks and months.