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Julia Luckett Cox ’08

Photo by Julia

I make photographs to process the world around me, to have an excuse to be in unique social scenarios and make genuine connections with people. The only way to consistently make good pictures is to constantly push boundaries and be fully present in the moment. This is true when photographing coffee farmers in Guatemala or documenting a wedding in Shelburne, VT. 

From 9th through 12th grade, VCS instilled in me a respect for academics, the importance of a well-rounded perspective, a good attitude, and a curiosity in travel. While I never studied photography in high school, those values aided me throughout my life and now in my everyday work as a professional photographer. 

My best memory from VCS is swimming with dolphins off the coast of Belize. We were headed out to an island and suddenly these dolphins were all around us, and everyone jumped in the water. I ended up swimming out into the blue with a small group and Mark Cline Lucey, and one dolphin swam exactly below me and mimicked all my movements for a solid 5 minutes. It doesn’t get much better than that.

You can see Julia’s work at her website:

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