Art and expression is all around us, especially when you live in an artsy town like Pawling. In 18-year-old Gabbie Lopez’s case, she’s found a way not just to express herself, but to express the world: through photography.
“Truthfully, it is kind of hard to explain… my style,” Gabbie says, adding that her photos do most of the talking for her. It’s true! Her online gallery contains images in full color, black-and-white, and even an interesting style called ‘fisheye’. Getting the most powerful impact out of every picture, Gabbie’s work varies “from colorful cityscapes to bringing out the best in people”.
According to Gabbie, photography runs in the family. “As far as the technical stuff goes, my dad has taught me everything I know,” she attests. Her cousin has also been instrumental in getting her comfortable with cameras, although Gabbie says the most powerful factor in making her the photographer she is today is inspiration from her friends. “They may have not taught me how to hold a camera,” she quips, “but learning from them about the lessons of life has made me a better person and photographer.”
Although she is still a budding artist, Gabbie has already been crowned with quite a few laurels. In addition to photo-documenting numerous Pawling High School events (head-shots for the Spring musical, photos of the Mr. Pawling Pageant), her work has been honored and featured at The Art Institute of Mill Street Loft, in Poughkeepsie, NY. She’s a member of the National Art & Photography Honor Society, and has covered photography jobs such as a Yellowing Ceremony for a Muslim bride. Gabbie has even worked hand-in-hand with a local indie band, L.L.D., to produce the cover-art for their CD.
So where is this up-and-coming photographer headed? According to Gabbie, wherever life takes her. “My dream is to become a photojournalist to work for the New York Times or National Geographic,” she explains, “but for now I plan to continue to improve on my work, make a solid portfolio and work on a few photo shoots.” This talented young lady has not only the drive, but the ability, to go as far as she wants.
“I have a lot more in store,” she tells us, “but I don’t want to give it all away. I love to surprise people.”
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