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INSPIRE: WCC Photographer Speaker Series

INSPIRE offers an online space for WCC photography students to connect with each other, engage in professional development opportunities, and network with alumni and the broader creative community. The following events consist of presentations from current students and alumni.

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January 27, 2021

Jared Haas

After graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Applied Health Science from Bowling Green State University, Jared moved to Ann Arbor, MI to follow his passion for photography. His focus is street style photography with an emphasis on film work, mostly medium and large format based. In addition to working with CameraMall, Jared is currently pursuing a Masters in Urban Planning at Wayne State University in Detroit.


February 17, 2021

Cynthia Ellis

Cynthia grew up in Detroit and was intrigued by photography at a young age. She lives in Ann Arbor and earned a certificate in Photographic Imaging in 2020. She is also an alumnus of Michigan State University. Cynthia enjoys capturing the essence of people who help make difference in their communities. She works at the University of Michigan and her future plans include travel projects.

Buffalo Soldiers exhibit

March 24, 2021

John Dykstra

John Dykstra is a conceptual photographer who utilizes practical effects, such as anamorphic illusions and light painting, to create surreal photographs in without digital compositing or Photoshop manipulation.


April 28, 2021

Andrea Clark

Andrea Clark sees photography as the art of paying attention through creativity and connection. A lifelong learner, she enrolled in her first WCC photography class after recovering from a traumatic health event. Viewing photography as her spiritual healing practice, she loves to create in collaborative and meditative spaces. She has enjoyed opportunities to learn and grow through the WCC photography program, including the In Transit Ann Arbor Art Center exhibition and volunteering with the Life Images portrait project with the UM Cancer Center. Most recently, she has experimented with small film and polaroid projects as she witnesses life during the pandemic.


Sept. 22, 2021

Joel Geffen

Joel Geffen is a forester, an archaeologist, a professor of comparative religious studies and a photographer. His original passion was landscapes. A major life transformation turned him toward the interior world of color, form, and abstraction. He's now inspired by contemporary pictorialism incorporating blended textures and using color as modes of emotional expression. Joel's photographs are meditations rooted in chance encounters with the beautiful. His focus is to facilitate a connection with nature, to each other, and to the quiet spaces within.


Oct. 20, 2021

William Alexander Lanum  

William is an artist born in Detroit, MI. Honest creativity dwells in him. He spent time when he was young creating stories inspired by the artwork of his parents’ albums. He specializes in photography, graphic design, and video. Portraits, architecture, nature and street photography are some of his favorite subjects with color, hierarchy and illustration as a natural draw. William is also well versed in multiple mediums including film and alternative processes. He’s a poet, a writer of short-stories, and a painter with his own animated series in the works! Will studied both photography and video at WCC.
"Don’t Forget That All You See Isn’t All There Is"


Nov. 17, 2021

Trui Moerkerke 

Trui is a Belgian journalist who moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan with her family in the Summer of 2016. While waiting for her work permit she took photography classes at WCC and spent time exploring surrounding cities. She became fascinated with Detroit and studied to become a tour guide. Since 2019, Trui has been touring Detroit with Dutch, Belgian, and French tourists. She still works as a journalist/photographer for Belgian news outlets.  

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Dec. 15, 2021

Mike Quigley

Mike Quigley will be presenting, "Photography Then and Now". He'll share a summary of how he used photography over his scientific career, then transitioned to course work and related activities at WCC, which now spans 11 years.


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