Our dreams and goals might seem light years away like the stars, says 12-year-old Lucas Brasher, but they are within our reach if we stand firm and focus.
Brasher, a sixth-grader at Briarhill Middle School in Highland Village, has received national recognition for a photo he submitted illustrating the “Within Reach” theme in the National PTA Reflections program. His photo was one of three nationwide to receive the Award of Excellence in the middle school photography category at the National PTA level, the highest designation with the exception of one Outstanding Interpretation per category across all age groups.
His self-portrait image titled “Stars Within Reach” uses a series of 368 individual 30 second exposures, taken with one second intervals in between, stacked into a single image in Photoshop to simulate a three-hour exposure. The image captures the light trails of the stars surrounding the North Star over a four-hour period and also includes a picture Brasher took of himself using a remote timer.
He likened the idea for the picture to stop-motion video, or the film technique of using images that were taken as individual stills and editing them into a video instead of using the film setting.
Brasher will attend the Awards and Reflections Celebration at the National PTA Convention in New Orleans in June. He receives a $200 Young Artist scholarship, a silver medal and a Certificate of Excellence, and his work will be featured in the traveling exhibition.
Brasher is one of two Lewisville ISD students who advanced to the National PTA level of competition after receiving the Overall Award of Excellence at Texas PTA in their respective categories. Dylan James Shaw, a fifth-grader at Heritage Elementary in Highland Village, advanced in the special artist music composition category with his composition titled “Uncle Boogie.” They will both be recognized at the Texas PTA Reflections Awards Ceremony in July.