Wesley Hartman, Graphic Design Student, Takes 2nd Place in Photography Contest

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Wesley Hartman, a student in Coleman University’s graphic design program recently did 2 things he had never done before. He entered a photo in St. Mark’s 13th Annual Digital Art Show and Photo Competition and won the 2nd place prize, a certificate and check for $125. Encouraged by graphic design instructors Randall Cornish and Doug Mooney, Hartman spent considerable time scouting out locations, finally settling on the shoreline in La Jolla, California. Hartman captured the shot by manipulating the setting for a long exposure, resulting in a peaceful, dream-like photo that he titled “Tranquility.”

“I have always loved photography,” said Hartman. “As a self-taught photographer, Mr. Mooney, who teaches photography, helped me further develop my skills.” The winning photo and 2 additional photos from a series, is on display for sale at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 3502 Clairemont Drive, San Diego.

Hartman spent 6 years in the United States Marines Corps as an MOS 3052, Packaging Specialist. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton and in Okinawa, Japan. For 2 years, he was a member of the All-Marine Wrestling Team. After being honorably discharged, Hartman was initially undecided about college, but always had an interest in art and applied for Coleman’s graphic design program.

Upon graduating with an associate degrees in graphic design, Hartman intends to continue schooling.

“Proper education in the field is a must,” said Hartman. “Most designers in the field have a bachelor degree and I plan to use the G.I. Bill to finish my education.”

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