Artist highlight: Avalon Combs, photographer

By Shaneli Mirpuri 

A camera is a photographer’s tool to explore, interpret, and freeze the world around them. Senior Avalon Combs dedicates most of her time to photography, which allows her to capture the moments she finds most beautiful.

Combs discovered her passion for photography after her cousin gifted her with a camera a few years ago. Combs then started experimenting with the different cameras and lenses available to her.

When she first began taking pictures, Combs focused on nature, especially flowers. She also captured beautiful elements of nature while relaxing in her backyard and during trips to national park like Yosemite National Park.

Combs interests shifted, however. Now she is most fond of capturing people through portraits.

“I used to think that nature was the most beautiful thing in the world, but then I realized that people are so beautiful too. It just seemed natural to join the two. One of the main themes I’ve tried to capture in my recent works was nature and people combined. I did a photoshoot with a few of my friends in a field with them holding flowers. That’s definitely the shoot I’m proudest of,” Combs said.

Not only does photography provide an artistic outlet for Combs, but it also allows her to capture the beauty of the world with her friends in an array of freeze-frames. Her keen eye and artistic abilities allow her to freeze these moments and share them with the rest of the world.

“A few months ago, I finally got the courage to ask a few of my friends to model for me. They were some of my closest friends. From that shoot onwards, I became more comfortable with photography and I gained the confidence to move forward. Those portraits came out very well and it motivated me to do more and more shoots. I finally got out of my bubble and became more comfortable with my work,” Combs said.

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Author: Plaid Press

Granada Hills Charter High School newspaper

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