Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


December 6, 2012

A Jeweler, Photographer, Animal Lover

Teen runs camera club, makes jewelry benefiting MSPCA


As the club’s members walked around, two of them used an iPad and iPhone. New technology like the smartphone or tablet PC changes photography “in a bad way,” she said.

“More people go for the things that do different things, instead of cameras that do one thing,” she said.

Suffice it to say that, while a phone may have an 8-megapixel camera built into it, using it doesn’t constitute photography. Only real cameras do that.

But even then, “I know how to use them pretty well,” she said. “I know how to make (smartphone photos) look better using the focus than they do.”

Alex’s mother Sheri Martin said her daughter’s energy to work with jewelry and photograph was done “all by herself. She just thinks of things and runs with them.”

She even did her own homework when choosing what brand of camera gear to buy, something heavily debated by photographers around the world.

“I research everything I want to get,” Alex said.

“She drives us nuts doing it too,” her mother added.

In January, Alex hopes to do more with jewelry. She’s slated to teach a jewelry class for High Plain Elementary School students starting in January.

Until then, the shutter-buggery will continue.

To view Alex Martin’s jewelry website, visit

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