Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
I started my teaching career in Photo/Art Education back in the early 1980’s after military service as an Army Photojournalist. I was working towards an MFA in Communication Arts at East Carolina University and teaching continuing education courses at local community colleges in the evenings. I eventually “lucked out” and landed a full time teaching job at Carteret Community College in Eastern North Carolina thanks to a Society for Photographic Education conference where I met the woman (Cathy Crowell) who eventually hired me.
It’s hard to believe 30 + years have passed and now am enjoying the freedom retirement brings. I still teach art history and photography courses part-time online, but have more time to pursue my passions of photography, painting, writing and travel. I’m extremely proud of so many of my Photography Program graduates and have been amazed at how successful so many of them have been as they pursue careers or are just using their photography skills for creative / personal expression.
I’ve been blessed to have worked with great and talented photo colleagues such as Cathy Crowell and John Baucom. Our Photo Department was always like a big family and that is something we all prided ourselves in, as well as having a great and diverse program. I’ve taught literally hundreds of art and photo students since those early days teaching as a part-time adjunct while in graduate school. This new blog page will spotlight one of my photo program graduates each month.
This first spotlight showcases Teresa Gillikin. 2005 graduate of our Photography Program. The following is a little bit about her and her work. I remember Teresa as being a very dedicated and hard working student who was always willing to model for her classmates when we did studio lighting and portrait demonstrations. Teresa just got a new digital camera and re-energized about making photographs.
“I was born and mostly raised in Morehead City, NC; I currently live in a small suburb just south of Dallas, TX. Photography has been a love of mine since high school, which led me to the Photography Program at Carteret Community College. I graduated with an AAS degree with honors in July 2005. Learning photography was one of the best decisions I have made so far. It has made me more aware of my surroundings and taught me how to express myself through art.
The ability to capture moments which may never happen again is something I’ve realized should not be taken for granted. Life is fleeting and even the small moments count. So, I believe it is better to pay attention to everything rather than pay attention to nothing. As a photographer I strive to envision one subject or place in as many unique contexts as possible. In doing so, I give myself more flexibility from a presentation stand point.
I hope to continue with Photography throughout life while sharing some of my experience with the world along the way.” Here are some of my photographs. Click on each one for a larger view.
If you graduated from Carteret Community College and had me for an instructor feel free to contact me or post a comment to this blog post requesting a spotlight profile.