For Shaker High School senior Tim Behuniak, hiking has been a hobby of his since he could walk; he and his family just completed the 46 Adirondack High Peaks. He says his love for the outdoors, coupled with his interest in photography, resulted in a childhood which his camera was a big part of.
“I always liked how you could take a moment and save it,” said Behuniak. “I just wanted to share moments that other people might not have witnessed.”
Behuniak says his passion for photography began to mature into a skilled craft when he was 13. Two years ago, he started submitting his work to magazines and was recently published in Visions, a visual and literary arts publication. Earlier this fall, Behuniak had a gallery at The Tailored Tea, a local business owned by a retired Shaker High School teacher. But most recently, Behuniak received notice that he had won second place in Adirondack Life’s annual photography contest, a renown regional magazine.
“It’s awesome to see my own name and picture in a magazine that I read all the time,” said Behuniak.
Behuniak’s photo will be published in the April 2015 edition of Adirondack Life. But his sights are still set higher, to National Geographic.
“It’s my dream,” he said. “I love the way they value pictures.”
While Behuniak works towards that goal, he will be majoring in outdoor recreation at SUNY Cortland this fall. In the meantime, 10 percent of any proceeds he receives from the sale of his photography will be donated to Shaker High School’s World of Difference Club, a club that does extensive fundraising for U.S. troops overseas.
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