Manila photographer wins Young Artist Competition

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Photo provided by Alyssa Smith

Alyssa Smith, a junior at Manila High School, recently won The Arkansas Governors Young Artist Competition. Her work will hang in the Governor's Mansion from April 12 until May 13. The newly formed Manila Photography Club will travel to Little Rock on April 25 to view the art on display.

Alyssa serves as president of the new club.

When picked her topic for competition she chose one of Manila's firefighters.

“I've always enjoyed looking at first responder photography and the stories each photo tells,” she said. “One of my favorite fire photographers is Daniel Sundahl from DanSun Photos. I got the inspiration from his photographs.”

Pictured is her friend Alex Mason, a member of the Manila Fire Department. Alyssa took several pictures and picked out the one she felt fit the message she was trying to convey about what a firefighter or first responder has to endure on a daily basis. I titled the photograph, “Not Alone,” because through all the hard times a first responder may go through they are never truly alone.

Alyssa has plans to become a photographer but not limit herself to one type of photography.

“My biggest dream right now is to work as a fire photographer on a local department,” she said. “After attending ASU and working as an intern for National Geographic, I hope to go to Nashville to get certified as a professional photographer at Nossi School of Art. After all that is said and done, I would like to build a studio in Jonesboro to do studio work, on location shoots, wildlife, fire photography, and any other photo ideas life throws my way.”

Alyssa hopes to get a lot of experience along the way as she takes more pictures. She has a Facebook page, "The Artsy Lens Photography", and is currently taking clients for any type of session.

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