“I strive to capture beauty that usually goes unnoticed.”
Senior Taylor Leslie has been taking photos since middle school. Beginning as a hobby, she would take photos on her iPhone, edit them on apps and either post or save them in her camera roll.
After receiving her first camera freshman year, she decided photography was more than just a casual activity and pursued it more seriously. She started taking photography at Redwood her sophomore year and is now an AP Photography student.
“I decided to take a class at Redwood to gain a deeper understanding of photography, and I have learned how to convey meaningful messages through my work,” Leslie said.
She has also expanded into different mediums, using her original photos as canvases to edit on Photoshop.
“Sometimes what I’ll do is I’ll take a photograph and feel like it’s incomplete. I throw it in Photoshop and add or create something else with it, like drawing on it or [add] stickers,” Leslie said.
She recently launched a website where she showcases her work, along with providing the option to buy large prints or stickers of her photos. Accompanying her website, Leslie runs an Instagram account where she posts her photos, @tay.takesphotos.
“I take pictures because of the places [they] take you.”
Sophomore Bo Tippo first was exposed to photography after discovering his grandpa’s film camera in his house, which was the first camera he ever took photos on. Eventually, he bought his first digital camera a few years ago.
Once he had a digital camera, Tippo started to take photos more professionally. This is the first year he can take photography at Redwood, and he plans on taking the class for the rest of high school.
According to Tippo, his favorite type of photography is of scenic views and landscape shots throughout Marin. He prefers to photograph the outdoors because he can edit and alter the photos to have a more professional and hued appearance. He uses Adobe Lightroom to edit photos to bring out highlights, shadows, and colors that are already within the images.
“It took me a while to really [get Adobe Lightroom] down and make the pictures the way I like to them look. I definitely have a more bright and colorful look to my photos. I want them to grab people’s eyes,” Tippo said.
Similar to Leslie, Tippo also draws inspiration from photographers on Instagram, specifically those who capture nature. His prefers to shoot landscapes and his favorite place in the Bay Area to photograph is Mt. Tam.
Tippo is also hoping to expand his skills more into the field of videography. To him, photography is the start of what he wants to create.
“I’m looking to learn more about video and working more in that area of art. I think it’s more interesting; there’s more that you can do with video compared to film,” Tippo said.
Even though he may be in the early years of his photography career, Tippo already has a large following on Instagram. His account @Botippo has over 4,800 followers.
According to Minami, she especially enjoys documentary photography, which consists of natural photos of everyday life, usually in black and white, with a film look.
“It’s timeless. I like taking photos of moments in daily life that other people might not acknowledge,” Minami said.
According to Minami, she does not have to travel very far to find something beautiful to capture. She usually goes outside to random streets or other locations in Marin to practice documentary photography or photojournalism.