Carmela Meehan

"The Slippery Precursor"
Youth Award Peninsula People

At age 15, Carmela Meehan's photography experience is, admittedly, thin.

She's only had about a month's worth of formal instruction--two, two-week seminars when she was in the seventh and eighth grades at Peninsula Middle School.

Now a freshman at Menlo-Atherton High School, she entered the Weekly's contest more for the experience of showing her work to the outside world than with any expectation of winning.

"I entered the contest thinking it was just for fun," Meehan says. The judges, however, liked what they saw, awarding her one of the two special youth prizes.

Meehan's photo shows her brother, Kenny, wearing a top hat and squatting in front of a metal wall. Called "The Slippery Precursor," it's the first shot in a four-frame visual narrative.

"He's slippery because he looks scared, he's not really reliable for the job," Meehan explains.

Meehan says people are her favorite photographic subjects. Armed with her Canon, she regularly looks for new subjects.

"I like being able to take a picture of something nobody's seen before," she says. "It's really your picture when you take it."

While photography is her favorite artistic endeavor, she also likes pencil drawing, piano, cooking and reading. She plans to pursue art as a career.

In the future, Meehan would like to take formal photography classes and is looking for access to a darkroom. She also would like to work as a darkroom assistant this summer.

--Cathy Beheler