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A moment in time earns Henry Ford II senior national photography honor
A moment in time earns Henry Ford II senior national photography honor
Posted on 12/17/2021
National Award Winning PhotoAllyson Kumm loves to capture moments with her camera.

And now one moment at a local elementary school has earned the Henry Ford II High School senior the honor of being the only Michigan student to receive a national award through the Drexel University.

“Photography is my passion,” Kumm said.  “It is part of who I am.”

Kumm’s photo “Pathway to Existence” is among approximately 350 national awards honored this year through the Drexel University College of Media Arts and Design.

Henry Ford II High School senior Dr. Lisa Grunewald said the award reflects Kumm’s eye for composition in photography and drawing.

“She seems to capture the beauty in everything she photographs,” Dr. Grunewald said. “I see bright things in the future for this kindhearted and talented artist. I am so very proud of her and all her accomplishments this year.”

Kumm’s took her photo upside down, capturing a pathway and the lines that lead to a tree in the distance. The title reflects “how there is a never-ending line of life” and captures a moment that she feels stirs emotions.

“I like to capture moments,” she said.  “I like to reflect real actions and emotions. I just like that feeling of it.”

Kumm’s interest in photography goes back to the days when she would use her mother’s phone to take photos. Her favorite camera is a Nikon 4000 that her father gave her in 2017, before he passed away.

“My father was a part of my photography and supported me, and I really cherish photography,” she said.

While Kumm will pursue a career in nursing when she graduates in June, she will also pursue a part-time job in photography.

She was previously honored through the Scholastic Arts Competition.

The national recognition from Drexel University “makes me feel accomplished” with a piece of art she feels captured a perfect moment at the perfect time.

“I love this picture,” she said. “It shows so much emotion.”