Veteran photographer evolves from journalist to artist

Veteran photographer evolves from journalist to artist


NASHVILLE, Ind. — Rodney Margison once spent his days shooting sporting events and covering spot news as a photojournalist. Now he creates art with an array of models and hopes to land an art gallery show in the near future.

His 35-year journey is one of evolution; from the science of photography to the art one creates with his camera.

He developed his love of photography from his father, who taught him about the science of it, and made his own decision early on to pursue life with a camera in his hand. When his college career didn’t turn out as he had planned in 1981, he resorted to freelancing for the local newspaper and stringing for the Associated Press at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway every May, a gig he held for 17 years.

He pursued other ventures to make ends meet, but got his big break in 1988, when he went to work for the daily Times-Tribune newspaper in Corbin, Ky. In that position, he photographed mine disasters, wrecks, ribbon cuttings and lots and lots of sports. In his four years there, he earned a slew of awards from the Kentucky Press Association.

“Being a full-time news photographer was a dream come true,” Margison said. “It was everything I wanted in a career since deciding that I wanted to be a photographer.”

Through the years, he worked at other newspapers, freelanced for magazines, built his own portrait and commercial photography business and won a bunch more awards. But his vision was beginning to change.

“Eventually, news photos all start to look the same. Working in a small community for a long period of time, it’s very difficult to create different images of the same events year after year,” he said. “I found myself wanting more out of my photography and wanting to fill in the gaps in my knowledge; gaps that were created by being a mostly self-taught photographer.”

Margison returned to college in 2011 to pursue his bachelor’s degree in Fine Art Photography.

It’s a venture that has ignited his passion for artistic expression and transformed him into a conceptual photo artist.

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