This year’s Willamette Light Brigade brought over 100 hundred artists from the North West together for a family-friendly 3-day event spanning the five quadrants of Portland. The event ushers in the coming spring which is less than 90 days away. The theme guiding this years Festival is “The Light of Progress.” The festival’s intent to revitalize and, as mentioned via the Winter Light’s Festival website, to counteract the city’s tendency to languish during the long and cold winter season, brings the city of Portland together for fun and community building.
I’m a returning student after a 17-year break in my education. During that break, I worked as a photojournalist in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Texas and served in the U.S. Air Force as a public affairs specialist. I am now a senior majoring in communications with a minor in photography. This is my third term as the photography editor of Vanguard, which is my second time in four schools working as a photography editor for a student newspaper, both of which earned multiple awards for excellence. I am responsible for the photographic content of Vanguard, both print and online, as well as educating photographers in the field of photojournalism.