Plainfield Student Zooms In On Photography Skills

EDISON — Abigail Rogers of Plainfield, a junior at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in North Edison, seized the opportunity to advance her enthusiasm for photography while attending a National Geographic On Campus Expedition in Monterey Bay, Calif.  from June 27 to July 6. When applying for the program, Rogers selected an On Assignment project that would become the focus of her camp experience.

“Because of my continued interest in photography, I decided to use this trip as an opportunity to greatly improve my skill in the subject. Throughout the 10-day trip, I captured the breathtaking landscapes, a plethora of marine species that call the Bay area their home, and portraits of the unique residents traveling the coastal streets. I used these photographs to compile a photo-essay as my final project,” explained Rogers.


“I learned much about the technical aspects of photography, which will help me in my work as editor of The Beacon (the Wardlaw-Hartridge newspaper) and the school’s yearbook, Tempora et Mores. However, I also learned a lot about how to work with others on a daily basis,” added Rogers. “There were only 14 other students attending the program with me, and therefore, I was able to work with each of my peers at one point on the trip. The opportunity to work with many different types of people with varying skills and backgrounds gave me the experience that is sure to benefit me at Wardlaw-Hartridge and later in my life.”

When asked if her experience with the National Geographic program has impacted her future career pursuits, Rogers responded, “While it was never in my plans to become a professional photographer, this camp has shown me that I should make every effort to maintain this hobby as I continue in my life. I enjoy photography very much and know that the experience gained in Monterey Bay will help me in my future endeavors as a photographer.”

Rogers is the daughter of Randolph C. Rogers, a 1981 graduate of Wardlaw-Hartridge and the President of the school’s Board of Trustees, and Lesley Rogers, a member of the Wardlaw-Hartirdge Parents’ Association.

Abby Rogers photographed one of the amusement park rides at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk in California. Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge

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