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The Last College Edit

I graduated college (<----still getting used to saying this). The last four years at WWU have been a surprising adventure. I came to college in a different state, knowing almost no one and had no idea what I wanted to study. Two and a half years ago, I found what I love doing; visual storytelling. The last couple sleep-deprived years have taken me on adventures into my community that I never would have experienced in any other area of study. Finding my passion has also amplified my motivation, and I am incredibly excited to embark on a new adventure next week when I move to Flint, MI for my next internship. Here is a set of catch-up images from random assignments over the last few months. 

Roslyn McNicholl, operator of Rabbit Fields Farm, harvests radishes at the end of the day in the fields of her farm located in Mount Vernon. McNicholl studied at Western and her organic produce is sold at many local grocery stores and markets.

Members of the North Cascade Audubon Society shift focus to the sky during a birding expedition near Lake Whatcom. "Birding leads to learning about the details around us," says Paul Sarvasy, second from the left. 

A collegiate sprinter strides around the track during the Ralph Vernacchia Outdoor Track Invitational April, 25, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Washington. 

The Western Washington University men's rowing team makes their last few strokes as they cross the finish line during The Windermere Cup Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Seattle, Washington. 

Bill Denham, of British Columbia, gazes up to the trees alongside other birders during a North Cascade Audubon Society expedition near Lake Whatcom. Denham has been birding for about three years. 

Ken Salzman, front, Bill Denham, middle, and Mike Tanis, locate a bird during a North Cascade Audubon Society outing near Lake Whatcom. 

Western Washington University's Elizabeth Knope narrowly clears the bar while pole vaulting during the Ralph Vernacchia Outdoor Track Invitational April, 25, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Washington. Knope set a personal record during this particular attempt. 

Western Washington University senior, Brett Watson, lands during one of his long jump attempts while competing in the Ralph Vernacchia Outdoor Track Invitational April, 25, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Washington. 

A Columbia University rower relaxes before racing in the Windermere Cup Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Seattle Washington. 

A competitor gathers her breath after finishing a race during the Ralph Vernacchia Outdoor Track Invitational April, 25, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Washington. 

Western Washington University's Trisha Patterson prepares to push off the dock before racing in the Windermere Cup Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Seattle, Washington. 

Rowing fans sport their henley jackets, representing their personal rowing teams, while commuting to the water to watch the Windermere Cup Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Seattle, Washington. 

A pole vaulter warms up during practice rounds before competing in the Ralph Vernacchia Outdoor Track Invitational April, 25, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Washington. 

Sasquatch 2015

The Sasquatch culture is hard to describe in words, and almost impossible to do justice with visuals. I had the opportunity to cover the festival this year. This was my fourth (and most likely last) year attending the festival. So, I tried to capture a different style than in years past. This edit, which contains a blend of personal work, is an attempt to show my own interpretation of the uncanny, indescribable, fantasy-land that is Sasquatch music festival. Enjoy! 


A festival-goer struts throughout the campground with tunes in preparation for a day full of live music during Sasquatch music festival Friday, May 22, 2015, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. 

Campers consume atop a converted school bus, equipped for partying in the campground during Sasquatch music festival Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. 

A pile of broken and forgotten camping supplies seen at the Sasquatch music festival campground Sunday, May 24, 2015, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. 

Sage Kirk, of North Vancouver, waits illuminated by a lone stage light for the band Mother Mother to begin their set during Sasquatch music festival Friday, May 22, 2015, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. 

Helms Alee performs during Sasquatch music festival Monday, May 25, 2015, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. 

A music fan makes a creative exit from El Chupacabra stage, the electronic dance tent at Sasquatch music festival, during Odesza's set Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. 

Luke, campground cuts, May 22, 2015. 

Jess Corcorran from Bellingham, handstands on the lawn during Sasquatch music festival Sunday, May 24, 2015, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. 

Music lovers rest in the afternoon sun during Sasquatch music festival Friday, May 22, 2015, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. 

A music fan dressed for deep space dances during Sasquatch music festival Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. 

Golden hour is seen reflected in an RV window during Sasquatch music festival Sunday, May 24, 2015, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. 

Fans express their exhaustion while waiting for music to begin during Sasquatch music festival Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. 

A young woman revels in neon light to electronic duo, Odesza, during Sasquatch music festival Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. 

A days worth of music leaves a festival-goer overwhelmed during Sasquatch music festival Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington.

Fans dance to Sylvan Esso during Sasquatch music festival Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. 

Campers consume beverages atop a converted school bus, equipped for partying in the campground during Sasquatch music festival Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. 

High temperatures force festival attendees embrace make-shift shade before heading into Sasquatch music festival Saturday, May, 23, 2015, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. 

Campers wash their hands in the campground during Sasquatch music festival Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. 

A festival attendee lounges during Sasquatch music festival Sunday, May 24, 2015, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. 

Jake, Sasquatch day four. 

A festival attendee takes a nap near the entrance of Sasquatch music festival Monday, May 25, 2015, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. 

Gabe Mamallo from Seattle, crowd surfs during Mother Mother's set at Sasquatch music festival Friday May 22, 2015, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. 

Campers make their way back from the festival to their tents during Sasquatch music festival Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. 

Bodybuilding

Somewhere along the last three months I became glued to a computer desk. Between academic life (aka making sure I am going to graduate), social life (realizing that this is my last time do some things in college), and photo editing—I realized I was not doing what I love most; taking photos. 

So, I took a whole Saturday to myself and shot for fun. Not for an assignment, not for the athletics department, not freelance work—I just took photos for me. And guess what….It felt amazing. 

I covered a natural body building competition down in Marysville. It was not like anything I have covered before, to say the least. Surprised to say that I was the only photojournalist covering the event. For those PNW photogs, definitely check this out next year. 

Backstage, Richard Gozdecki, right, 32, from the United Kingdom, and other pro-class bodybuilders prepare for the beginning of tenth annual WNBF Washington State Natural Bodybuilding Emerald City competition, in Marysville, Washington.   WNBF competitors build muscle completely naturally and undergo multiple drug tests before and after the event to assure fair competition. 

Michael Hare, 62, from Trail, British Columbia, applies tanning oil to his bicep in mens dressing room before competing in the grand masters 60 plus competition. 

Competitors in at the tenth annual WNBF Washington State Natural Bodybuilding Emerald City competition receive spray tans inside tented booths before the competition April, 18, 2015, in Marysville, Washington. The spray tan coats bodybuilders in a darker tone in order to define muscle tone for judges. 

John Clynch, 54, left, from Seattle prepares for the men’s 50 plus competition at the tenth annual WNBF Washington State Natural Bodybuilding Emerald City competition, in Marysville, Washington.    

Mark Tillden from Boise Idaho warms up before competing in the masters 40 plus class at the tenth annual WNBF Washington State Natural Bodybuilding Emerald City competition, in Marysville, Washington.  

John Nickerson, 50, waits backstage before competing in the pro-class for men’s bodybuilding as a Tulalip Resort Casino employee passes by. Nickerson has been involved in the body building community for over 23 years. 

Oiled legs shimmer among gleaming trophies during the women’s figure competition Saturday, April 18, at the tenth annual WNBFWashington State Natural Bodybuilding Emerald City competition, in Marysville, Washington.  Eagle Lucas from Port Angeles, applies competition posing oil to his body in the mens restroom before competing in his first body building competition.  

Novice figure-class competitors make last minute bikini adjustments while waiting to take the stage during the WNBF 2015 Washington State Emerald City competition. Professional and Amateur athletes from around the world and region gathered to compete in a variety of categories seeking both qualification for national competition and professional body building status.  

Men and women body building and bikini competitors await the beginning of the evening competition session of the tenth annual WNBFWashington State Natural Bodybuilding Emerald City competition, in Marysville, Washington.  

A sliver of sunlight illuminates a bikini contestant’s identification number during the tenth annual WNBF Washington State Natural Bodybuilding Emerald City competition, in Marysville, Washington.    Benny Mobley, pro men’s body building competitor, exits the stage after finishing his personal routine in front of judges at the tenth annual WNBF Washington State Natural Bodybuilding Emerald City competition, in Marysville, Washington.