A little imagination is going a long way for an Edmond photographer.
Brittany Johnson, 27, was selected as one of the nine winners of Canon’s “Project Imaginat10n.” She was among those chosen by Ron Howard, acclaimed film director, for the project in which her photograph could be used as a basis for short films directed by Eva Longoria, actress and director; Georgian Chapman, designer and co-founder of Marchesa; Jaime Foxx, singer, actor and director; James Murphy, founder of LCD Soundsystem; and/or Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter.
Johnson got the email that she was selected last week. She said the waiting period was hard.
“It was a really stressful time,” she said. “You didn’t know if they’d pick your image.”
Georgian Chapman has selected Johnson’s photo to center her film around. Johnson will also have the opportunity to attend the “Project Imaginat10n” film festival next summer. The date and time for the event are to be announced.
“This is completely a dream come true,” she said.
Johnson learned about the contest after seeing a banner advertisement on YouTube for the event about two years ago and decided to enter after seeing a short film about it. The picture she submitted was of a friend’s daughter dressed up and surrounded by stuffed animals. It was from a personal project she was already working on.
“I like setting up creative themes,” she said. “Everything I try to do, I try to tell a story.
“You take from it what you see.”
Johnson said she developed her creativity during her childhood. She used a lot of time thinking artistically when she spent time on her grandparents’ farm in rural Oklahoma. She said she likes to make films that can be turned into movies and working with unique people to make her photographs.
“Everyone is different,” she said. “It depends on the mood I’m in.”
Johnson also likes working with clothing boutiques, women models, and people with different personalities, locations, moods and circumstances to make her photographs original. She also gets a lot of her inspiration from themes and scenes from movies like Avatar. She does her own photo editing.
In her photography she uses things that can be understood through depth and meaning, she said.
“I thought this as a little girl,” Johnson said.
The married mother of a 2-year-old boy has lived in big and small places throughout Oklahoma. She said this diversity of living has helped her with her craft.
Johnson is also currently in the process of developing a creative team for her work, a group of like people to partner with to help her turn her photos into film. She also wants to travel and do humanitarian work through photography in places like Africa.
She taught herself photography and said it is a constant learning process. Anyone who wants to achieve any level of success should not be afraid of rejection, she said.
“In your head you have to realize your worth and what you can accomplish,” Johnson said. “That is what makes great photography great.
“I think we are completely the people who hold us back.”
For more information about Johnson, email her at email@example.com. She also has a Web site that is currently under redevelopment, www.Britt-Johnson.com.
A little imagination is going a long way for an Edmond photographer.
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Camping limits enacted at Arcadia Lake
The Edmond City Council approved a 14-day limit consecutively for camping at Arcadia Lake this week. The vote was 4-0.
The Fish & Game Commission approved the recommendation in February when Edmond Parks and Recreation Director Craig Dishman discussed the policy. A camper can move to any site within the 14-day limit, Dishman said.
“They can go to another park at Arcadia Lake — to Scissor Tail or Central State Park — something like that,” Dishman said. “We’re trying to minimize the permanent residents that has kind of taken place out there.”
The new ordinance is consistent with state parks in Oklahoma, he said. It would be in effect from March 1 through Oct. 31.
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Crews battle Logan County wildfire
Crews from multiple fire departments battle a wildfire in the vicinity of Liberty Lake in Logan County. At about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday, a Logan County deputy reported the fire located near the northwest end of the lake, said Guthrie Fire Chief Eric Harlow. Firefighters from Guthrie, Oak Cliff, Deer Creek, Crescent and Coyle responded. Harlow said cause of the fire, which was burning brush piles in a wooded area, was not known. A county bulldozer was going to the scene to knock down the brush piles. Due to high winds, low humidity and brisk winds the area was under a Red Flag Warning until 8 p.m. Thursday. A wind advisory was in effect until 7 a.m. Wednesday. At 3:53 p.m. Tuesday, humidity was 25 percent, winds were gusting to 28 mph and the temperature was 79 degrees at the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport. The National Weather Service stated outdoor burning is not recommended. Citizens are urged to report smoke to their local fire department.
Forrest Gump actor says he wants to help America’s Lieutenant Dans
It is important to build a community of support around a wounded warrior, actor Gary Sinise said.
Sinise visited Scott Sabolich Prosthetics and Research in Oklahoma City on Tuesday to help change the life of an American hero. He was accompanied by retired U.S. Army SSG Rusty Dunagan of Edmond, a triple amputee injured in Afghanistan.
Edmond’s new board member takes oath of office
Cynthia Benson took the oath of office as the Edmond Public School District’s newest school board member Monday.
Benson was elected by voters to represent District 4 in the Feb. 11 election by a vote of 253 to 217 defeating Stephanie Bills.
Judge sets trial date in Arcadia double homicide
An Oklahoma County judge has scheduled an October trial date for the defendant charged in the Arcadia Independence Day 2013 double homicide.
Court issues arrest warrant in Edmond case
An Oklahoma County judge has issued an arrest warrant for a Deer Creek man facing felony drug and firearm charges.
Guthrie gains surplus armored vehicle
The City of Guthrie recently received a six-wheel drive BAE Caiman MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protective) into its fleet.
The MRAPs are retired military vehicles made available to law enforcement agencies nationwide through local law enforcement support organizations operating under the Federal Surplus Property Donation Program and the Department of Defense.
Guthrie Chief of Police Damon Devereaux said his department has participated in the surplus property program in the past and decided to bid for the MRAP.
USGS records 3.7 magnitude quake near Langston
A 3.7 magnitude earthquake occurred Tuesday morning in Logan County.
At 7:55 a.m., the quake occurred 3 miles south-southwest of Langston and 20 miles northeast of Edmond, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Residents in Langston, Guthrie, Wellston, Nicoma Park, Enid, Stillwater and Broken Arrow reported feeling the tremor on the USGS’ “Did You Feel It?” page.
Santa Fe High presents Pirates of Penzance
The “Pirates of Penzance” is one of the most popular light operas of all times. It is filled with humorous musical numbers, lots of action, some spoken dialogue to further the plot, a happy ending and a good-natured lampooning of traditional Italian opera.
3-11 Found Pets
This is a list of animals that have been found and are at the Edmond Animal Shelter, at Interstate 35 and Covell in the Cross Timbers Municipal Complex. Call the shelter at 216-7615 for more information.
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