||Rising senior's summer is picture perfect
RELEASED: July 15, 2004
DANVILLE, KYLike photographer Peter Parker in the movie blockbusters Spiderman and Spiderman 2, rising senior Meg Fenton is also catching Spiderman in action. More Photos.
Fenton, a double major in French and anthropology/sociology, is a photography intern with Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO), Louisville magazine and Leggett Productions this summer. Last week her picture of Spidey eating a chilidog appeared on the cover of LEO Weekly, and several of her other pictures were printed inside the publication.
The Louisville, Ky., native, who hopes to work for National Geographic one day, landed the internships through the extensive network of connections and resources available at Centre.
"Career services has been an amazing resource," Fenton says. "They do a wonderful job of helping you understand what you're looking for, how you can find it and how to present yourself once you get the interview."
Fenton also applied for Centre Internship Plus, which provided her with a grant that helped pay for her digital camera.
She also credits the Centre Communications Office for helping with her portfolio and the Alumni Office for putting her in contact with Albert Leggett '81.
"[Leggett] works by himself and probably wouldn't have considered taking on an intern had I not been a Centre student," Fenton says.
Fenton is covering a wide range of events in Louisville and learning lighting and composition techniques from experienced photographers. She says that a photographer's schedule has kept her busy.
"Some mornings I have to be at a shoot before 6 a.m.," Fenton says. "And the next night I'll be taking pictures of people finger painting in a bar at midnight."
Fenton says that one of the hardest things she's had to overcome has been the hesitation to walk up to people and ask to take their picture.
She says her Centre experience has prepared her well for her internship.
"The resources at Centre helped me to get here, to see daily situations in a creative way and to find new outlets for self-expression," Fenton says. "I'm sure of myself in almost any situation, which makes a huge difference in a profession that sometimes requires approaching the unapproachable."
Fenton says her internships this summer will help her decide her future.
"I have a clear-cut image of what life will be like in this profession."
To keep up with Fenton's work, visit www.leoweekly.com.
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