It’s not often that I get a chance to be “distinguished” in any way. But on May 3rd I was honored by the College of DuPage Photography Program with their Distinguished Alumnus Award. I am thrilled that they though of me, especially considering how many other great photographers have gone through the program.
This annual photography showcase has turned into a popular event- the room was completely packed. I spoke for a few minutes about the journey I’d taken to get to where I am now, along with a slideshow of images from my projects and travels over the years. I’d like to thank Terry Vitacco, Glenn Hansen, Frank Jackowiak, and the rest of the COD Photo Dept staff for doing such a great job preparing students for working in the creative arts. It’s not always an easy life, but it’s endlessly rewarding.
The advanced photography students were there to show off their portfolios and marketing material. I enjoyed talking to them, and seeing a few familiar faces that I’ve met at different events over the past few years.
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of work that I saw on display by the high school students. Some of the imagery being produced by the area schools was simply astounding. I can’t wait to see what some of them are working on a few years down the road.