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February 11, 2014

Triton senior's photography earns accolades

Williams' 'Perseverance' will compete in Scholastic's national art awards

BYFIELD — It is a photo of anguish that has led to joy.

With his team destined for a post-season loss to Hamilton-Wenham, Triton football player Justin Spillane is caught dead center coming off the field with a look that can only be described as determined. His team is down and soon to be done, and his season and varsity career are about to end, but Spillane is still pushing his team forward.

Fellow Triton senior Madison Williams captured Spillane’s emotional moment on digital film and has good reason to be emotional herself, having won a Gold Key in the Boston regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her image. The photo entitled “Perseverance” is currently on display at Boston City Hall and will move on to the Scholastic’s national awards in New York in March.

“To be able to win an award for something that has to do with Triton, not just my own personal photograph, it feels good to be representing my school well,” Williams said. “Just the fact that it is for my high school, that is important.”

Williams has been a burgeoning shutterbug almost all of her life.

“When we made home videos, I was always trying to grab the camera from my parents,” she said. “I have always had that interest. But, over the past three years, I got into it more.”

Apparently her parents were tired of sharing the video camera and they bought Williams a Canon Rebel T2i for Christmas a few years ago. Delighted with her new gadget, Williams soon sought out Amesbury photographer Kelly Chadwick and began taking lessons.

“Every lesson I have with her, it makes me want to go out and take more pictures,” Williams said of Chadwick. “Working with her has been amazing. I think that everyone should see her photography. She is so unique and creative and what she does is not like anybody else.”

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