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Ann Nguyen

Current City: Burke, VA

Spending my years photographing with University Photographer Ken Bennett has been one of the most enriching experiences of my Wake Forest career. The ways in which he has guided and mentored me in photography as well as life is something I will always treasure. I felt affirmed and motivated to follow my love for photography largely because of Ken. I also remember the times when his creative assignments challenged me and pushed me to be, and do, better.

The first time I shot Commencement was my sophomore year and it was one of the worst days of my life. It was blistering hot, I had three cameras strapped to my body, and I woke up at 4 am that day. I sat in the sun all day taking photographs of graduates, but I remember my favorite photograph from that day. It was an image of a blonde woman blowing bubbles during a recess transition from the BS candidates to the BA candidates. Producing that photograph made the entire day worth it. I would not give that day back, or the time I have spent learning from one of the brightest, captivating individuals at Wake Forest.

Things would not be the same, my four years here, if I didn’t meet Ken Bennett. After graduation, I plan to continue to my artistic endeavors and find professional settings that allow me to do so.