Molly Duttry tried out photography in eighth grade and was hooked. She borrowed her grandfather’s camera, and after falling in love with photography, received her own as a present for her 14th birthday.
“I like photography because I think you can see things in a different way. You look at everything from a new perspective,” she said.
While taking photos at an event at the Key Peninsula Civic Center in middle school, she met local photographer Hugh McMillan, who volunteers to cover events for The Peninsula Gateway and Key Peninsula News. After the two talked, McMillan asked her to be his backup photographer.
“She displayed competence and photography skills well beyond her age level,” McMillan said of that first encounter.
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Duttry has published many photos in local publications since then, and has also served as lead photographer for Peninsula’s yearbook. Even before she was officially part of the class, she contributed many high-quality photos and became indispensable, according to Andrew Hosford, Peninsula High School’s newspaper and yearbook adviser.
“We soon were leaning on her for the majority of our difficult photo assignments,” he said. “(Once part of) yearbook class, she immediately made a positive impact with her leadership and photography skills.”
In addition to photojournalism, Duttry loves nature photography and portraits. She sells her art as cards and coasters to pay for her hobby.
She’s pursued other artistic interests, including batik painting and band. Duttry plays the flute and piccolo but she didn’t just want to be a musician, she wanted to be involved with the band program. So she gave up the dive team and joined the band council, where she is currently serving as president.
“I wanted to spend more time with the band program and volunteer my time to make it better,” she said. “I joined the council because I wanted to have an impact on how the program is run and so kids in the future have a better program.”
Duttry received a varsity letter in community service after dedicating nearly 180 hours to volunteer activities. Her contributions include helping with the Two Waters Arts Alliance events and the afterschool arts program at Key Peninsula Middle School.
She is considering a major either in math or photography, or perhaps both. Duttry said math is her favorite subject, and she would study it in college with the goal of becoming a meteorologist. Another choice she’s considering is to become an art teacher.