Senior photography major Sam Delaware is making waves in the visual arts world after a successful second showing at the Sony Photo Competition in London this year. Passionate, talented, and on the verge of a blossoming career in photography, Delaware shared some details about his experience in England as well as his goals as he looks towards graduation this quarter.
When asked how he first became interested in visual arts and photography, Delaware joked about stumbling upon some of Ansel Adams’ old equipment.
Reality - Story - Story - Burn - School
“In reality, the story’s less of a story and more of a slow burn,” he explained. “In high school I started to notice and consume work being made from photographers that were working in the long-term documentary format on projects that took shape over many years.”
Delaware decided to work toward doing the same at the end of high school and continued with it over the course of the last couple years in college. As his hobby turned into a potential career, Delaware began to actively participate in photography competitions and quickly garnered acclaim in the field. Three years ago marked his first experience with the Sony Photo Competition, where he won an award and began learning how to market himself and his work.
Experience - Magnitude - Delaware - Hindsight - Drive
“The experience was great, but I showed up fully unprepared and didn’t realize the magnitude of what was going on,” Delaware noted. “In hindsight, it was invaluable and only solidified my drive for what I came to school to study.”
This year, Delaware entered the Sony competition with the confidence only time and experience in the field can bring. London opened multiple doors of opportunity, including awards and a chance to converse with professionals in the field. Delaware also secured a grant that will enable him to return...
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