Photographers discover fresh perspectives through their craft: Junior Meredith Yee


Written by Eric Epstein

Junior Meredith Yee has been fervently snapping photos since she first had access to a camera. “I started pursuing photography probably in sixth grade when I got a phone with a camera and I just started to take pictures,” she said. “But I got my first [Digital Single-Lens Reflex] camera in eighth grade and that’s when I started to get more serious about it.”

When taking photos, Yee not only emphasizes the physical composition of the photo, but she also takes the angle of the shot into consideration. “You can take a really nice- looking thing and you can take a picture at the wrong angle and it can be really ugly,” she said. “My strategy is to find the best angle for whatever I’m trying to photograph.”

Yee appreciates the precision and flexibility that photography offers, and she feels that it also grants her the ability to capture the world accurately. “People just trust photographs a lot more than they might trust sketch artists or something,” she said. “It’s also something that I can do anywhere with just one piece of material.”

Yee particularly enjoys photographing

buildings and other structures. Her favorite picture was taken when she was on vacation in Nevada. “It’s a wide-angle shot of this landscape in the middle of nowhere in a ghost town, and there’s a few cool buildings,” she said.

In order to find direction with her photography and refine her style, Yee plans to continue to share her photos with others. “I have [photography] social media pages already, so I’m trying to grow those,” she said. “Growing a bigger audience definitely will help me figure out where I’d want to go with photography, not only because I get more input from other people but also because you put out more stuff and get more practice. For the future, practice is key. I need to figure out what my style is and how it’s changing.”

As a photographer, Yee is motivated by the effect that her art has on viewers. “Some people take photos because they think [something’s] pretty or has a nice aesthetic, some people want to do more documentation through photography, but I want to figure out what kind of impact I can make and how best to do that,” she said.

-Epstein, a senior, is a Sports Editor