Charlie Larson remembers watching pictures taken with a Polaroid camera develop right in front of his eyes.
“It was always fun to watch them develop,” he says of the childhood memory that involved a camera.
By the time he was 12, he was taking his own photographs.
“Since my mom’s (JoAnne Borski) a truck driver, sometimes, I go on trips with her,” said the 17 year old, who is completing his junior year at Waupaca High School.
Larson remembers the first such trip. It was to California for two weeks in the summer.
“I took a lot of pictures on that (trip) and showed my brothers,” he said. “I remember Sacramento. When we got there, I remember the windmills and parts of the hills scorched black from wildfires.”
This summer, Larson will spend plenty of time taking pictures as the Picture Post photographer.
“I like photographing people and am looking forward to doing more of that,” he said.
Larson is among the students who are members of Waupaca High School’s Photo Club.
Tim Koll, a WHS English teacher and professional photographer, is the club’s adviser.
When he asked club members if any were interested in working for the Picture Post this summer, Larson was. He liked the idea of a summer job that involves being outside and taking pictures of people.
“Being outside. Being on the water. Getting to use the camera. It sounds ideal,” he said.
Larson says he will get to heighten his camera skills.
Since joining the photo club, he has learned about photo manipulation and editing.
He has also realized that he enjoys taking digital macro photos, which are close-up pictures of objects.
As a sophomore, Larson entered some of his landscape photography in Waupaca’s annual art show.
“I ended up taking a second on one of them and selling two of them,” he said.
He particularly likes photographing landscapes and has developed an eye for what makes a good photo.
Last school year, Larson took a picture of the sunrise each morning as he waited for the bus. He plans to turn those photos into a timeline.
In addition to photography, he likes music, playing volleyball and building things.
His father, Jeff, is a carpenter, and so, Larson likes to help his father with projects.
At Waupaca High School, Larson is in forensics, debate and student Congress. He has also been a part of the all-school play. He plans to work backstage this summer on the Waupaca Community Theater’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.”
Of his summer job, he says, “It’ll be a pretty new audience. I’ll get to meet a lot of new people.”
This season’s first Picture Post will hit the stands in time for Memorial Day weekend. Those who want to be considered for a Picture Post cover or who have their own photos to submit may email Larson at email@example.com.