13-year-old amateur photographer rivals some professionals

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10 July 2012

FORT KENT– A thirteen-year-old Fort Kent photographer is showing off her skills at the Blake Library on the University of Maine at Fort Kent campus until August 10.

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Amanda Devaney stands with her photographs on display at Blake Library. - Birden image

“My Maine Photography” showcases a variety of skills and techniques that this homeschooled photographer has developed over the past three years.

Largely self-taught, Amanda Devaney started out with a camera from her mother sometime in 2009.  Soon it became obvious, because of comments from friends and family, that Devaney has an eye for photography that puts her in a class all her own.

With the gift of a Nikon D3000 from her brother, Devaney started pursuing her photography hobby with enthusiasm.

Gallery curator Sofia Birden, who encouraged Devaney to show off her work, said, “She definitely has skill.  She has a really good eye at finding interesting shots.  I look forward to seeing what she produces in the future.”

Much of her work is taken from the local region, with shots of plants, sunsets and interesting buildings dominating the show nestled inside the Blake Library.  One image, called “Pink Fluff” shows a sunset in the St. John Valley with the clouds apparently erupting from the floor of the valley.  Devaney said, “It’s kind of like  a tornado in there.”

She also enjoys photographing people, specifically children.  As an employee at a daycare center, Devaney said the students often become her “guinea pigs”.  One image of a young person, filtered to a bronze monochrome, she titled “Touch of Beauty”.

Devaney says, “I don't really know why or how I choose the pictures I take. I just take pictures of whatever strikes my eye.” She also adds, “Sometimes getting a good picture is hit or miss.”

Amanda lives in Fort Kent with parents Phil and Gail Devaney.

The exhibition may be viewed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on the exhibit or library hours, contact gallery curator Sofia Birden at 834-7527.