Jr. Ashlander: Auburn Beebe

At 14-years-old, Auburn Beebe has already sold one of her photographs and her work is currently on display at Happy Falafel, which often features local visual artists. While the talented Ashland High School freshman is serious about her work, she's also quite happy just spending time with her friends or relaxing with a book.

Beebe's father, Bill, also a photographer, is proud that his daughter has come into her own as a photographer.

"I got my first real camera when I was 13, just going into high school, so it felt right to give her one when she was that age," he said. "She's got a good eye. She has really surprised me with a lot of photos. She has her own way of seeing things. I never would have seen something that way or thought of it that way."

Beebe spoke with the Daily Tidings about the joy she finds in taking photographs.

DT: What are your favorite subjects in school?

AB: My favorite subjects are language arts. I love to write and I love to read, also.

DT: Do you have a teacher or mentor who inspires you?

AB: Karl Pryor. He was my homeroom and language arts teacher at Ashland Middle School.

DT: What do you like to do outside of school?

AB: I like to hang out with my friends a lot. I don't really do any sports or anything. I just like to be with my friends and hang around Ashland.

DT: How did you get started in photography?

AB: My dad does photography. He's always been into it and he gave me his camera, a Nikon D40. He took me out, showed me how to use it, and I just really liked it.

DT: Do you have a favorite set of photos or favorite photo?

AB: My favorite set of photos are probably the ones that are up at Happy Falafel, because they are the first photos I've showed. My favorite single one is the one I sold, the one with lawn flamingos.

DT: What do you like most about photography?

AB: I love capturing something that I think is interesting and sharing it with people. I love finding something, taking that picture and letting everyone else see it just how I saw it.

DT: What do you like least?

AB: Sometimes it gets frustrating. You go out and take all these photos and you can't find one that you like enough or really want to share with other people.

DT: Do you have trouble balancing school and your outside interests?

AB: Sort of. Sometimes I have to step back and say I need to go focus on homework, but usually it's not too hard.

DT: What do you want to do when you are an adult?

AB: I'm not really sure yet. I'm just kind of taking life as it comes. I love photography. But I'm still waiting for my calling. I haven't found anything that I'm sure I want to do.

DT: Talk about something you have done that makes you proud.

AB: Just my show and selling one of my photos. It feels really good that someone is willing to pay that much money to have my photo up in their house, and it's interesting that someone will be in their house looking at it every day. That's really cool.

DT: Talk about something that is challenging for you or has been challenging in the past.

AB: Math has been a challenge for me. As I got into middle school they put me in a higher math and it has been difficult for me.

DT: Talk about someone in your family who makes you proud.

AB: My dad. I wouldn't have gotten started in photography if it wasn't for him. And I really love his photos. That is where a lot of my inspiration comes from.

Auburn Beebe's photos can be seen this month at Happy Falafel, 1690 Ashland St.

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