Capturing the moment

Eric Lee ’15 pursues his passion for photography while majoring in health sciences

To a photographer, every second counts. It is the difference between snapping a photo that will grace the cover of a magazine or an image that will remain buried on an artist’s hard drive.

Aspiring photographer Eric Lee ’15 has placed the same emphasis on his Gettysburg College education – ensuring he balances his major in health sciences, minor in East Asian studies, and passion for photography to capture each moment and get the most out of his campus experience.

“My advisor told me that Gettysburg College presents students with many opportunities. She had no worries that I would be one of those students who took advantage,” said Lee, who selected Gettysburg over competing schools due to a generous financial aid package and his interest in the College’s health sciences program and exercise physiology lab.

Lee was first captivated by the discipline of health sciences after volunteering in the Acute Rehab Center and Outpatient Center in his hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y.

“I saw tremendous improvements in patients I worked with who could barely talk or move their fingers,” he said. “After experiencing this, I knew helping people regain their movement and confidence was my calling.”

Upon graduation, Lee hopes to attend physical therapy school and become a doctor, focusing on sports rehabilitation, while also continuing to pursue his passion – photography.

“My interest in photography started when I was about 7. I had a small Sony 2 megapixel digital camera that I brought everywhere and small instant film camera that printed stamp sized pictures,” said Lee, now a lab assistant for Gettysburg’s introduction to photography course and a visual communications intern for the College’s Communications and Marketing Office.

Gettysburg College photos by Eric Lee ’15

“My interest in photography peaked during my junior year of high school when a friend let me shoot some photographs of him skiing with his DSLR (digital single lens reflex camera). Since then, I have worked numerous jobs and expanded my knowledge of the art.”

Prof. Brent Blair, adjunct professor of art and art history, was instrumental in helping Lee slow down his process of photographing individuals and landscapes and focus more on the composition of his images.

“Every photographer I admire says that a photographer isn’t a photographer unless they have shot film,” said Lee, who previously only shot digital photos before enrolling in Blair’s introductory course. “Shooting with film makes me really think about if I want to release the shutter since I am only given 24 frames. Shooting film is like an initiation to the next steps of photography.”

Professional photographs by Eric Lee ’15

“At Gettysburg, there is never a dull moment on campus. I can’t walk from my dorm to the gym without noticing the world around me – seeing all that stands out and would make for an interesting image,” Lee said.

“I would definitely recommend Gettysburg; I have had so many opportunities that I did not expect. Outside of pursuing my interests in health sciences and photography, I have also participated in many events held by clubs and organizations, and most importantly, made lifelong friends.”

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Mike Baker, assistant director of communications, 717.337.6521.

Posted: Thu, 28 Mar 2013

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