"I was really happy about it because it made me feel like all the hard I've been putting forth this year was worth it," he said. "Even if I hadn't been awarded it, I wouldn't regret putting forth the extra effort in my work, but it was nice to kind of be recognized for it."
Goodman got into photography during his sophomore year at Catonsville High School. While he enjoyed drawing, photography served as a way for him to communicate messages he couldn't convey through sketching.
He enjoys the conceptual side of the art form and how he can evoke emotions through people and context.
"I think it's a great way to communicate a message," he said. "I really enjoy having the ability to make something instant but also considering all the forethought that goes into it."
A favorite photo he took this year came from a 1970s-inspired project. He did research to tie in the imagery and photographic styles of the time and took a photo of his friend, leaving ambiguity as to whether the character was just in a hurry or running from something.
Through an internship with the Howard County Heritage Center this summer, he hopes to combine his passions for photography and American history through museum curation. He'll work with artifacts that the center has acquired from archaeological digs and photograph them. After college, he's interested in museum curation and exhibition design, though he is willing to keep an open mind and see where his work will take him.