At the age of 15, most teenagers' top priority is getting their driver's license. Jonathan Reiterman is more interested in exercising his creative license.
Reiterman has been photographing local sights and scenes since he was a small child, teaching himself everything he knows through hands-on experience.
"I just felt like actually playing with the camera, and taking (the camera) out of the box was more helpful" than watching other people take photos, he said of his choice to study independently.
Now his work is on display at the AntFarm Cafe & Bakery, 39140 Proctor Blvd., Sandy.
"I thought it would be cool to show off my photos over the summer," Reiterman said. So he contacted Nunpa, AntFarm's executive director, and received a positive reply soon after.
"That was really exciting," Reiterman added. "It was nice to have someone excited to show my artwork. I was expecting to get turned down. I feel like starting off here can help me gain a lot of opportunities."
He considers the past year to be the first of his professional career.
Last summer, Reiterman completed an internship with Metro East Community Media in Gresham and was allowed to check out a digital SLR camera to use for the summer.
This only fueled his passion for the craft.
"I felt like I had a lot of control over what I (wanted to show)," he explained. "I liked how the images looked, and editing them to tell a story that people could enjoy and understand."
His favorite subjects are buildings and people.
"I like capturing people's emotions, and with the architecture I like getting to explore downtown," he said.
Reiterman is a sophomore at Barlow High School, and plans to use his photographic skills as the lead photographer for his school newspaper this year.
"It's fun to see him branch out and try," Reiterman's mother Amie said. "I'm his biggest fan."
CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this story, appearing on page 6 of The Post's Sept. 6 edition, Jonathan Reiterman's name was misspelled. The Post regrets the error.