A visit with Burk Uzzle

Photography program head Chuck Egerton and instructor Jay Capers visited Burk Uzzle at his Wilson, NC studio and home. Burk is a former member of Magnum Photos and photographer at Life Magazine.

Nearing 80, Uzzle is still working, producing photos.

Uzzle's studio is a former downtown auto dealership, he is working to peel paint and plaster leaving a wonderful backdrop for his work.

And still likes to talk cameras. Most of his work is large format (8×10 cameras) “Digital is trying to protect me from myself, I don’t need it to,” he said as he talked about tonal range, “I have a light meter and know how to use it.” Even with his mirror less camera, he shoots manual exposure and focus with a Leica lens.

We are planning to host a Jerry Howell lecture by Burk at RCC this Fall!

Photo of the Week - Window Light

Basic Portrait Lighting  - Window Light Assignment. Photo by Chelsea Clayton
Students were required to photograph their subject using window light as their main light. 


Alumni Profile - Elisa Henry

                                                                                        Photo by Elisa Henry

Elisa Henry graduated in 2007 with an Associate’s Degree in Commercial Photography. She now co-owns inContrast Images with her partner, Trey Brafford.
From a young age, Elisa knew she wanted to do something creative as an adult. She got her first camera when she was 7 years old, a simple point and shoot camera that she took with her everywhere. She got serious about photography in high school when she took a photography course. Once she realized photography was her passion, she decided to attend RCC.
            Elisa and Trey have traveled around the country taking wedding photos and portraits. Their work has taken them to Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and as far west as Oklahoma.
            They primarily shoot with Canon DSLRs, but they still stay true to their roots in film photography.  They like to occasionally mix some 35mm and some medium format film into their work, and they continue to do some personal work on film.  Elisa explained, “digital photography definitely has its perks, but we love the way film so beautifully captures light, tones, and colors. It makes you really slow down and much more thoughtfully capture every frame.”
            When she went to RCC, Elisa initially thought she was going to do small product work. However, she eventually found that she preferred photographing people.

            "Being trusted to tell the stories of people's lives is an incredible honor. It is fulfilling to know that people will be able to relive their most special moments through our photographs. That alone is enough to keep me going, but if I ever feel stuck creatively, or need some extra motivation, going out on an adventure to take some personal photos is a great way to get going again,” says Elisa.

                                                                                              Elisa Henry

Story by Alex Tricoli, Class of 2015
As part of the Fall Journalism class, the Photojournalism students interviewed and wrote a short profile story on a Randolph Community College Photography Program graduate. We will feature a new profile each month over the next year.


Alumni Profile - Robert Franklin

                                                           Photo by Robert Franklin, Class of 2008

             Robert Franklin is a staff photographer at the Indiana South Bend Tribune, a job that takes him all over the country, covering Notre Dame football and basketball events.  He names photographing the 2013 BCS National Championship and three NCAA Women’s Final Four tournaments as career highlights in the three years he has worked for the Tribune.  Robert has been the recipient of numerous awards for his work including being named the 2013 Sports Photographer of the year by the Indiana News Photographer’s Association and receiving an Associated Press Media Editors’ Bushemi Sweepstakes Award. 

            When asked about his experiences at Randolph Community College Robert says,  “I still have flashbacks of Chuck Egerton’s classes, basically everything I do in my job today is something I learned during my time at RCC.” He went on to state, “the structure of the program, combined with great instructors, set me on a path where I could succeed in this very competitive business.” As far as advice to current students he says to use and learn about all the equipment at the school and make sure to work on plenty of video skills.  Franklin shoots video on a daily basis and insists that being able to produce clean, slick multimedia will be one of the most important skills that Photojournalism grads will require to secure a job in their field.

                                                                                                  Robert Franklin

Story by Seth Combs, Class of 2015
As part of the Fall Journalism class, the Photojournalism students interviewed and wrote a short profile story on a Randolph Community College Photography Program graduate. We will feature a new profile each month over the next year.


RCC Photography Students Open Photography Exhibit at Carrboro Century Center

Marjory_Casseus layout of small desert cakes, strawbeeies, and pastry tools.
Photo layout by RCC student Marjory Casseus

ASHEBORO (April 9, 2015) – A group of Randolph Community College Photographic Technology students are displaying their work at a gallery in the Carrboro Century Center lobby through the month of May. The public is invited.
The gallery show was organized by photo student TJ Carr and will include medium-format, black-and-white film pieces that the students printed themselves in the RCC darkroom.
Carr grew up and currently resides in the town of Carrboro. He became interested in both photography and music at a young age and has put forth an effort to grow both passions throughout his life. He said he put together this gallery to display his work and the work of his peers at RCC as well as to try and raise awareness for the RCC Photographic Technology program.
One of the students, Allison Isley of Thomasville, said she is considering a career in commercial photography and is interested in traveling and documenting the culture of the areas she visits as well as the surrounding landscapes.
Another, Holly Spicer of Boone, said she has always had a passion for wildlife and nature photography. “Ever since I opened my first National Geographic magazine as a little girl, I knew I wanted to be a photojournalist and I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else,” she writes.
Luke Christiansen, who said he began his professional career as an educator and lacrosse coach, enrolled at Randolph to “combine my love for writing and photography and to further develop myself as a powerful storyteller.”
Chelsea Mehalek of Chapel Hill said she fell in love with photography “on a self-discovery trip I took backpacking through Europe and I haven’t stopped shooting since. My passion is now capturing people.”
In addition those mentioned above, other students with photos on display are Lindsey Hooker, Matthew Jarrett, Jon Eric Johnson, Sarah Louya, Caitlin Penna, Javas Reid, Nathan Richards, and Tasha Thomas, all of Asheboro; Whitney Keller of Burlington; Marjory Casseus of Greensboro; and Denise Agard of Queens, N.Y.
The Carrboro Century Center is located at 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
For more information on RCC’s Photographic Technology programs, go to www.randolph.edu/photo.

Allison_Isley image of silhouette of person jumping in front of a tall office building.

Photo by RCC student Allison Isley