Discovering beauty in the ordinary is an extraordinary experience that most of us would like to embrace as a magical moment connecting us to something beyond the everyday experience.
Artist, photographer Meghan Carpenter delivers the extraordinary with her artwork photography series, “Finding Beauty,” featured in the upcoming Ann Arbor Art Fair.
“I hope to take the viewer somewhere unique, and bring something to the viewer that they might not have noticed before,” said Carpenter, 18, of Gregory, a 2012 graduate of Washtenaw Community College’s Photographic Technology program.
For “Finding Beauty,” Carpenter went traveling in nature’s trails discovering and capturing the extraordinary. As her path unfolded before her camera lens it began to rain, bringing forth a dance between the shadows of water and light.
“I am inspired by Meghan, she is well rounded inside and out,” said WCC student Amira Givens, 25, of South Lyon, a photography major.
This year, Megan hit the ground running. On graduating from Washtenaw Technical Middle College, she started her own business, Zimmermanphotos.com, and was selected to enter her work in this year’s art fair.
“Don’t limit yourself; there is so much more out there. If you are open, your work will be stronger,” Carpenter said, explaining her philosophy.
Taking extraordinary pictures to get into the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair was the easy part. Building a brand, producing, mounting and framing product, creating marketing material, bags, displays and business cards has kept Carpenter busy before the show.
To meet Carpenter and view her work, she and other up-and-coming artists at booth No. 101 near the Burton Carillon Tower.