August 2016 - Present
When I joined the photo desk at The Collegian, an award-winning student newspaper at my university, I experienced hands on what it was like to step into the world of photojournalism. I have since covered sports, speeches, protests, food, holidays, people and all things in between. I have worked with talented peers on covering events and brainstorming and executing creative photo illustrations. My experience with photojournalism ignited a desire to get involved in my community. It also aligns with a passion I have for social responsibility and for protecting the freedom of the press. Browse my most prominent photojournalism below:
The American Flag, Boston Harbor Hotel
This past November, my multimedia capabilities led me to a high-profile opportunity as a reporter for the McCain Institute. During the Harvard-Boston Globe screening of Amazon Studios’ film “The Report,” I video interviewed Director Scott Z. Burns, former Senate staffer Daniel Jones and Colorado Senator Mark Udall about their involvement with the 2014 Senate Report on Torture. While covering the event from all angles, I saw an opportunity to capture photo and video of a large American flag hanging in the archway of the Boston Harbor Hotel. The bitter wind from the November winter made the flag billow against the building in an ironically perfect scene. I almost could not believe how beautiful it looked. A few minutes and frozen fingers later, I had this shot. View the rest of this photo gallery below:
"The Mental Tuition of Marginalization" TEDx CSU, Janaye Matthews
Walter Scott College of Engineering student, Janaye Matthews, speaks on the topic of, "The Mental Tuition of Marginalization," in the Lory Student Center Theatre during the 2020 TEDx CSU event Saturday afternoon. TEDx is a local, community-organized gathering of people who give TED-like talks and performances around central ideas. This year's TEDx CSU event organized around the theme of, "Momentum," and featured key speakers, performers and poets in the Fort Collins community. (Brooke Buchan | The Collegian)
CSU Hip Hop Dance Club, VISION Exposition
The CSU Hip Hop Dance Club hosted a free event on April 5, 2019 to bring creatives in dance, art and music together for one exposition.
Dancers performed in groups or individually, while DJs mixed beats for the music and artists painted and drew upstairs in the CSU Lory Student Center Theatre.
Cybersecurity and Phising, Photo Illustration
In response to an increase in email phishing attempts, The Collegian wrote an article about internet safety and protection from online hackers. This is the photo illustration I generated to go with the story. View the rest of the gallery below.
Colorado State University Campus Stock Photography
In gathering campus stock photos, I spent extra time composing my images and ensuring the quality was high. To get these images sharp while also having motion blur from students walking by, I put my camera on a tripod, sent the shutter to 1/30 or below, and opened my aperture as wide as it would go, around 1/32. The warm, fall day did all the rest.
Marie Taylor, a senior Anthropology major, lives a minimal-waste lifestyle and holds a trash jar that contains all her nonrecyclable, noncompostable trash since January of this year. (Brooke Buchan | Collegian)
CSU VS. NEW MEXICO STATE
Sophomore guard Prentiss Nixon guards a New Mexico State player in CSU's 64-61 win Nov. 13, 2016. (Brooke Buchan | Collegian)
Hundreds gathered for peaceful protest Nov. 12, 2016 at Civic Center Park in Fort Collins in response to the presidential election. (Brooke Buchan | Collegian)
CSU VS. SAN DIEGO STATE
Sporting pink jerseys for Breast Cancer Awareness month, CSU volleyball won in three straight sets Saturday over San Diego State. (Brooke Buchan | Collegian)
ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF COLORADO STATE UNIVERISTY
Junior business administration majors Josh Silva and Michael Wells are running for president and vice president, respectively. Wells describes the campaign as "the millennial campaign" since their platforms encompass communication and technology. (Brooke Buchan | Collegian)
THE OVAL, COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
Business major Connor Shinefield balances on his longboard and skates through the trees on the Oval Thursday afternoon. (Brooke Buchan | Collegian)
Thomas Re, a member of the marching band at Colorado State University, serenades those listening in the LSC as he practices the instrument he has been playing for 15 years. (Brooke Buchan | Collegian)