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January 4, 2008
By Jean Dixon
The Daily View began as my creative New Year’s Resolution to try and find at least one image every day — or almost every day — in 2007. I wanted to push myself to more thoroughly explore campus with my camera and to show those unfamiliar with the university the variety and beauty of its people and spaces.
As French novelist Marcel Proust wrote, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapers but in having new eyes.”
I looked for campus moments as if I was feature hunting for a daily community newspaper, something I did for many years in my previous job. Sometimes the photos found me. My colleagues in the Office of Communications helped support my project by providing an online home and structure for the project.
We then put my images online and from there, we expanded the collection beyond the campus site by creating a group at Flickr, an online photo-sharing site.
Now, following a full year of image-capturing and recording moments that were, we have a vibrant catalogue of the year that was, 2007. Click on any of the images presented above to re-live the past year, whether it is Wolf Pack basketball highlights, Commencement, or scenic shots of the campus’ daily life.
In April, I encouraged other campus photographers to contribute their images. Ted Cook, a campus photographer for nearly four decades, sent a couple favorite images of the Knowledge Center construction. Student photographers Kevin Clifford, Crista Hecht and Tyler Keck joined in to further expand the project, as did campus sports photographer John Byrne.
In the summer we started uploading copies of Daily View images such as campus scenes and annual events to the permanent digital photo archive in Getchell Library.
Campus colleagues are now using Daily View images for PowerPoint presentations and to update their university websites. They have used the new images in such print publications as the Parent’s Handbook and the College of Science recruitment brochure.
We are also experimenting with software that blends audio and images into a slideshow that will bring a broader storytelling dimension to the Daily View.
Jean Dixon is a photographer in University Communications.