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Patrick Pilkey
New York, NY
Nikon F5 | Contax T2

What were some of the focal points of learning Photography at a Degree level?

That is a difficult question to answer briefly. I learned of course a great deal about the history of photography, also the theories and practices involved in critiquing and understanding images. That being said I believe one of the biggest things I learned while in school is that you are your best tool. No camera or lighting technique can replace an experienced hand or an engaged mind. The more you truly involve yourself into what you are doing the more successful the outcome. I feel your art can be a direct reflection of your person in that way.

I’d say another golden rule I learned studying art is that your education is never truly finished. You should work your mind and push yourself to learn more every day. After graduating I asked a few of my professors to send me a list of books that serve as the next step to what we had been studying my final year of college. I got an amazing list of books and have been reading and keeping a notebook since. I would like to grad school in the future so I feel staying sharp is key.

Like I said there are so many answers to this question but I feel those two lessons where very major to my education. It took me a very long time to truly realize these lessons but once I did it forever impacted the way I structure my practice. 

You’ve recently moved to Brooklyn. What was the transition like and what did opportunity did the move involve?

Yes I recently moved to East Bushwick, though Ive been in Brooklyn for a while now. The transition was a bit of a wanderlust time in my life. It was 2014 and I was working as a photographer for the Baltimore City Paper. I had just completed my undergrad in photography and was looking for the next step after college. After receiving an acceptance to intern for Mary Ellen Mark, I packed my bags in two weeks and left for New York. The transition was a bit of a leap of faith. I was working for the photographer who almost singlehandedly introduced me to the world of photography and living in the most insane city on the planet at the same time, so I really don’t know how much more of a shock it could have been.

Since then the opportunities of New York have some how miraculously kept me in their graces. After interning with Mary Ellen, I worked for about six months doing freelance as an assistant and a retoucher. In that time I received a reference from a friend of mine for an opening at a studio, that is how I met National Geographic photographer Robert Clark. I applied for the opening and got the job as his studio assistant. From there I went on to be his studio manager which is what I do currently to pay the rent. I would say the transition to New York has provided me with a massive amount of opportunity, not only to work but to learn and grow as a photographer alongside some very talented artists. 

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Georgia County Admits It Disenfranchised Voters In African American-Dominated Neighborhoods

Fulton County, Georgia admitted to illegally disenfranchising and misleading voters in the 2008 and 2012 elections in a settlement this month. For more than two dozen violations of state law — including improperly rejecting eligible ballots and sending voters to the wrong precincts — the county will pay a fine of $180,000. To make sure the problems do not continue in the future, the county has promised to spend an additional $200,000 on new training software for their poll workers.

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High school still has racist emblems and mascot on display. Publicly states they have no plans to remove them. I say, put on the pressure and let the public outcry force them to change it. Read the FULL ARTICLE.

Sign the Change.org petition HERE https://www.change.org/p/superindendent-randy-shearouse-remove-all-confederate-symbols-from-effingham-county-high-school

Contact the principal and district superintendent:

Principal: Yancy Ford
Effingham County High School
1589 Hwy 119 South
Springfield, GA 31329 
Phone: 912.754.6404 / Fax: 912.754.6893 / Facebook / Twitter
yford@effingham.k12.ga.us | Cell:  912-213-2493 
Please note the principal posted this cell phone number on the school’s website, and is, therefore, PUBLIC information. 

Superintendent: Randy Shearouse (912) 754-2537 Ext. 1137
Email: lsmith@effingham.k12.ga.us  
Assistant Superintendent: Dr. Gregory E. Arnsdorff (912) 754-5508
Email: kmccallie@effingham.k12.ga.us 
405 North Ash Street
Springfield, GA 31329
Phone: 912.754.6491 / Fax: 912.754.7033 / Facebook   

Some things to remember:

  1. Leave comments on BOTH Facebook pages.
  2. If you tweet to them, @ reply under one of their own tweets, rather than tweet at them from your page.
  3. Be sure to RATE each using the star rating system on both pages. I’m giving them a 1-star rating.
  4. Do not harass or threaten people. 
  5. Sign the Change.org petition above.
  6. I prefer to contact in writing. No one can claim you did or said anything you did not do or say. Documentation!

The sun is not yet up over Maranatha Baptist Church, a little red brick building in a south Georgia pecan grove, and already the line to get in wraps around the sanctuary. Some near the front of the line slept on the church porch, or even in their cars.

The crowd consists of the faithful and the curious alike: They’ve gathered here this Sunday to try to catch the Sunday school teachings of former President Jimmy Carter.

The church, located in Plains, Ga., is Carter’s home church. The former president recently announced he was diagnosed with cancer – melanoma, which has spread to his brain. But he has made it clear that he won’t give up his regular teaching at Maranatha Baptist.

‘A Mighty Fine Teacher’: Hundreds Gather For Carter’s Sunday School

Photo credit: Grant Blankenship/GPB