MEEKER I Sophia Goedert, a 2021 Meeker High School alumnae, recently had her photos featured in the George Washington University’s “New Favorites” exhibit.
Goedert’s interest in taking photos sparked from her opportunities to travel to places like Costa Rica and France and led her to take photography seriously in high school. She would go to Sheridan Harvey’s ranch to take pictures for her portfolio to submit to George Washington University, where she now studies photojournalism.
Her impressive portfolio landed her a scholarship with Corcoran Scholars and presented her with the opportunity to be included in the exhibit. Each year, the Corcoran Scholarship selects an outstanding group of incoming first-year undergraduate students who show academic and creative excellence. The scholarship gives financial assistance to students and allows them to be a part of a talented community for the arts, have access to display their work in exhibits, and receive feedback on their portfolios.
Her collection follows the timeline of a branding day and all that it entails. The pictures flow from sunrise to sunset, showing ranchers roping and branding cattle, and features local faces such as Lane Anderson, Kelton Turner, Molly Turner, Kai Turner and others. Goedert wanted to show what ranchers do on a day-to-day basis and highlight the significance of branding day and its influence on the lives of the ranching community. She wanted viewers to form their own ideas and opinions about it and said, “I wanted people to feel what they wanted to feel about it.”
By KATIE LOCKWOOD
Special to the Herald Times