Location: Peru, Indiana, United States
Skyler Wilson, Photographer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in photography and videography.
Mr. Wilson became involved in photography when he was in college at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and digital video productions in 2019. He discovered his interest in photography by mere accident. As he was aspiring to be a videographer, he wanted to have his own personal camera and perform video work. However, the video tester he was applying to said that the camera he bought was not sufficient for capturing videos. It was a DSLR, which was ideal for photography. Wanting to somehow get his money’s worth, he started taking pictures using his camera and eventually enjoyed the craft. It really kicked off when he started to go to a photojournalism class in his senior year, thanks to his professor who encouraged him to pursue photography.
Mr. Wilson’s professor encouraged him to begin taking photos of events, perhaps of notable moments in history, which led him to the Women’s March in Washington in 2020 where he captured some of the passion of the marchers. One of his photographs that day was of two young Native American women of the Oglala Lakota tribe whose faces were painted with red hands covering their mouths in solidarity with missing or murdered Native American women. Mr. Wilson submitted it along with some of his other photographs in the 18th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest in 2021, in which it won.
A member of the National Guard since 2014, with whom he is working as a public affairs representative with his unit, Mr. Wilson’s intention is to “become the go-to photographer of various magazines” and especially aspires to work for National Geographic. He attributes his success to his parents, professors, and all the people who were great influences in his life.
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