October 17, 2012 - Kali Slavin, 16, likes art and photography is her medium. She likes to shoot landscapes, sunsets, animals, and people having fun.
Kali Slavin, Clarkston High School student, is pursuing the art of photography. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)
Her teachers tell her she has a good eye for images people don't usually look for, said Slavin, a junior at Clarkston High School.
"I don't know, I look for unusual things, interesting things, like a tree stump – the points it makes, it's really cool," she said. "I like to wander around and look for things to take pictures of. Some are from my backyard, or places in downtown Clarkston, like Depot Park, or the high school. It's something I truly love to do."
She uses point-and-shoot digital cameras, but is eager for an upgrade.
"I'm working at Kruse's Deer Lake Inn to save up for a Canon Rebel T3i – that's what I really want," she said. "I want to be able to adjust the ISO. I'm reading a book on lighting techniques."
Her goal is to study photography in college and make a living at it. Her first gig – helping out with taking senior pictures at the high school.
"In my media class, my teacher asked me if I'd like to help him take the senior pictures this year, and I thought that was great," she said.
She lives in Springfield Township with her mother Gwen Slavin and her cat, Drew.
Colors found in nature is a favorite for Slavin’s photography. Photo provided (click for larger version)
"I like Clarkston, it's a good town," she said. "I love the leaves in the fall. Every tree in a different color, it's so pretty."
– Phil Custodio