Works in Progress
Finding Beauty in the Everyday
by Jim Amidon 87
The most gifted student photographer to enroll at Wabash in more than
a decade is not an art major, nor is he a Fine Arts fellow. In fact, Todd
Vogel 03 is headed to medical school, where he hopes to pursue a
career in oncology.
The son of a family doctor father, Gordon 72, and microbiologist
mother, Gayle, the chemistry major approaches his photography with the
precision of a scientific researcher.
The artistic eye, perhaps, comes from his mother. Ive always
admired my moms photography, he says. She has documented
our lives in photosI have 18 photo albums that cover my entire life.
In turn, Vogel is doing much to document the life of Wabash in an unprecedented
era of success and growth. The difference for Vogel, though, is in his
approach to the subject matter. Whereas he shot artistically in high school,
hes become a photojournalist at Wabash as Board of Publications
photographer and chairman.
The combination has produced stunning images of Wabashs athletic
teams, performances and recitals, and the changing physical landscape
of the College.
To me, photography is about looking out at the world and showing
people the way I see it. People walk by things every day that are beautiful,
and yet they never notice. When I show them pictures, they say, Wow,
thats not what I thought it was or I never saw it that
The camera is also the way the normally shy Vogel introduces himself to
I use the camera as a way of interacting with people and then we
become friends. And I imagine that medicine will be the same wayIll
want to get to know my patients.
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