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The voice behind the photographs

By Zack Lane
On May 2, 2011

Who knew that I would become the Photography Editor for The Spectrum simply by asking a few questions at a photography seminar on campus? When I started this job three years ago, I was a sophomore, studying business, and had no idea what I was getting myself into.

Now that I am a senior (which is apparently the time to reflect on life) I would say that I have successfully transformed the "photography department" into a well respected part of this newspaper. Three years later I have acquired nearly $10,000 worth of photography equipment, worked on almost 70 issues totaling over 1,600 photographs, collaborated with 40 different editors and trained close to 50 photographers.

I have seen many things come and go in this paper and university. Such things include "SHU Voices" and "Where in SHU" (which are no longer with us, thank God!) or the sports Photo of the Week. One interesting thing that I have noticed is that there was always an article written about campus renovations since 2008. I suppose that is a testament to this school constantly improving.

What has been the best part so far? Definitely being called the "Grand Pooba" of The Spectrum. Looking back, I would say that some of the best times have to include meeting and photographing such high profile people as Rudy Guiliani, Maroon 5, The Fray, The Goo Goo Dolls, Lee DeWyze, Bobby Valentine, Bernie Williams, Joba Chamberlain and Jon Lester, just to name a few.

One of the best parts about shooting photography for a college newspaper is that there is always something going on. The only way to get better is by constantly shooting and working for this newspaper has supplied ample opportunities for me to constantly improve. Since starting in this position, I have definitely become a better photographer because of all the events I have covered.

However I owe much more than that to The Spectrum. During my sophomore year, I met another photographer who was shooting for Sacred Heart while I was covering The Goo Goo Dolls concert. I was offered an internship with Sacred Heart Public Relations that day where I have been for two years. I would never have met my current boss if I wasn't in the front row photographing that concert for the newspaper.

In some aspects, being a part of this newspaper was more than a job for me. I made many friends after working with so many people all throughout the year. Some of whom I still keep in touch with, and others I know I will keep in touch with after I graduate.

I suppose the moral of my story is that you never know where life may take you and what you might get out of it. I never would have thought that a sophomore business administration student could be the photography editor for Sacred Heart's newspaper, let alone hold this position for three years. I am grateful that the right people took a chance with me in the beginning and I hope my efforts are remembered.

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