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Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— With the aid of his photography teacher, Colin Combs, a Kettering Fairmont High School student, has seen his work featured by the New Yorker.
The process began when Amy Powell, Combs’ former photography teacher, submitted a small selection of his work and an artist statement to the publication. The response was nothing short of impressed, and they followed up with a request to see more.
“It was shocking and exciting,” said Combs. “It was a bit of a slow process, but when it finally came together, I felt vindicated.”
Combs is known for carrying his camera and photographing frequently, so at their request, the New Yorker received more work -- and lots of it.
“I recognized early on,” said Powell. “He was onto something.”
In total, 45 rolls of film, shot from the time Combs was only 15 years old, were sent to the New Yorker. The magazine developed and scanned hundreds of images. The result is Combs’ perspective of live with friends, collectively artistic and intimate.
His work has been supported not only by his photography teacher, but also a security officer at the school named “Wolfgang,” who offered him 20 rolls of film to shoot. He’s also received rolls of film from co-workers at Christopher’s Restaurant in Kettering.
But photography is not Combs’ only artistic expression. He was recently awarded the Gold Key Award from the Scholastic Art Awards for his sculpture work. He also paints, produces zines, writes poetry and draws.
I had an interview with Combs to talk about inspiration, daily life and his art. Parts of our conversation are included below.
What did your friends think when they saw their photos on the New Yorker?
They were very excited. I’m hoping it helps us get famous.
Have you had any reactions following the feature?
A lot of inquiries for print orders, which is great because I’m broke.
What inspired you to first get into photography?
I’ve been skateboarding since I was about 7; skateboarding and documentation go hand-in-hand. I was interested in how [they] captured themes, environment, people and generally what was happening.
Walk me through a typical day of yours.
Usually when I get out of school, I walk home because I don’t like asking for rides. I usually ‘chef’ up some eggs, and try to get motivated to paint, or do something.
What inspires you to get motivated?
I’m usually always listening to music, but sometimes I’ll put on a certain record that gets me going. Also seeing my friends’ art inspires me to make art.
What camera are you currently shooting with? What’s your dream camera?
Anything that’s cheap or gifted. A friend of mine gave me a Minolta. I also use disposables and point-and-shoots. [My dream camera] would definitely be the Leica M4.
What are your favorite things, places and/or people to photograph?
Skateboarders, people I like. I try to only photograph people I like.
So what’s next for the high school senior? In his own words, his only focus is “to keep making art.” Read the full New Yorker feature here.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:32 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 3:47 AM
TROTWOOD — UPDATE @ 3:45 a.m: One person is in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital after being shot in the mouth in Trotwood early Friday morning, according to officials.
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The incident occurred in the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road just after midnight, per initial reports.
The suspect vehicle, believed to be a black Lincoln SUV, was towed away shortly after the shooting occurred and one person was arrested while officials were on scene.
No word on if the person arrested is the suspected shooter or just being taken in for questioning.
We will continue to update this story as details become available.
UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m: Officials continue to investigate after a person was shot in the mouth in Trotwood early Friday morning.
Initial reports indicate the shooting occurred in the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road just after midnight.
The suspect was not on scene when authorities arrived, but officials are describing the suspect vehicle as a black Lincoln SUV.
The victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital on unknown conditions.
Crews are responding to the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road in Trotwood on a reported shooting that occurred early Friday morning.
The incident was dispatched around 12:20 a.m., per initial reports.
We will continue to update this story with more details.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 3:24 AM
MIAMI TWP. — A West Carrollton police cruiser was reportedly hit during a short pursuit on southbound I-75 Friday morning, according to officials.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Officials investigate after person is shot in the mouth in Trotwood
The pursuit started around 2:45 a.m. and ended shortly after at the 43 milemarker near the I-675 exit ramp, per initial reports.
No injuries were reported as a result of the hit and one person was reportedly detained at the scene.
No word on the severity of the damage to the cruiser.
Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 1:22 AM
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Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:30 PM
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson told newly minted “technical leaders” of the Air Force Institute of Technology to never stop asking why and to be innovators who build strong and trusted relationships to solve the nation’s national security challenges.
Wilson, an Air Force Academy alumnae and former Rhodes scholar at Oxford, spoke Thursday night to more than 240 AFIT graduates among an audience of 1,200 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
Among three key points of advice, the top Air Force civilian leader told graduates to be critical thinkers who challenge assumptions about why.
“You will also now serve as technical leaders and as leaders in technology and science you have to learn four important words. You have to learn to say, ‘that’s not good enough.’”
The secretary cited recent hypoxia-like incidents among pilots experiencing oxygen loss in some of the most sophisticated aircraft, such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and more basic training aircraft such as the propeller-driven T-6 Texan, as an example to keep asking why and not be pressured to cut short the search for answers.
She told graduates they should not be afraid to say no, even to superiors, until a solution is known.
Wilson told them they must also be innovators.
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“Innovation doesn’t come from requirement statements,” she said. “There was never a requirement statement for a silicon chip. There was never a requirement statement for Uber. There was probably wasn’t a requirement statement for GPS.
“If you’re not making mistakes as an engineer, you’re probably only proving that what you already know really does work,” she said. “That’s not innovation. We need you to push the bounds of what you know.”
The high-flying, record-breaking Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane with a needle-like sleek shape demanded overcoming a series of technical problems, from aviators in space suits ejecting at extreme speeds and altitudes to heat-resistant glass that wouldn’t distort surveillance cameras view.
“The result was an air-breathing monster faster than a speeding bullet,” she said. “What would your innovation be?”
Developing trusted relationships is the third key, Wilson said.
“The work that you are about matters, and the people matter more,” she said.
From her time at the Air Force Academy to serving on the national security council staff, the former New Mexico congresswoman said she could count “on one hand” people she could call on at any time.
“Those kinds of relationships are built over a long period of time are priceless in your life,” she said.
The Air Force’s top leaders listen and trust each other and see things from different perspectives to address national security issues, she said.
“You have everything to gain as young officers and civilians in the Air Force to see alternative perspectives, to find your partners in crime who are going to push you and make you better because steel sharpens steel,” she told AFIT graduates.
“The United States Air Force relies on the most advanced technology to defend our nation and project power in the air and space around the globe,” Wilson added. “We’re going to lean on you. We’re going to lean hard on you as the next generation of scientists and engineers in air and space.