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Meet the Photographer: Anna Tomka

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Anna Tomka poses in front of the Blue Mountains in Sydney. (Alisha Centrone | The Collegian)

Anna Tomka is a junior communications and film studies major at Colorado State University. Anna got into photography because of her grandfather, who she says “is an incredible photographer and started teaching me when I was little.”

Anna elaborated that, to this day, her grandfather encourages her to keep pursing photography. One of Anna’s favorite pictures is one she took when she was 13 in France. The picture depicts a boy feeding the birds outside the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris. Anna said, “It is not my favorite because I feel it’s one of my best shots stylistically but … because of the pure joy in his expression. It made me realize I love to capture moments.” 

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A boy feeds birds outside of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. (Anna Tomka | The Collegian)
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The sun sets over the ocean in Melbourne, Australia. (Anna Tomka | The Collegian)
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A person holds a sign at a protest in Kansas City, Missouri. (Anna Tomka | The Collegian)
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The sun sets over a lake in Queenstown, New Zealand. (Anna Tomka | The Collegian)

Luke Bourland can be reached at photo@collegian.com.

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Luke Bourland
Luke Bourland, Photo Director
Luke Bourland is a history major from Durham, Connecticut. Bourland is studying history in hopes of going to law school in the fall 2022 semester after graduation. In terms of which law school Bourland wants to go to, he likes to joke, "I will attend anywhere that'll have me!" Bourland has been taking pictures recreationally for most of his life but did not officially join The Collegian until the beginning of his sophomore year in 2019. Bourland originally joined The Collegian to develop his skills and to photograph out of his comfort zone. During his time at The Collegian, Bourland has held positions such as freelance photographer, media archivist, assistant photo editor, photo editor and finally, photo director. As the photo director, it is Bourland's job to make sure the paper is accompanied with beautiful pictures alongside the photo editor. Bourland has photographed events ranging from speeches and galas to football and basketball games. In his free time, Bourland is an avid golfer, fly-fisherman and still loves to take pictures recreationally. Differing from the style of photography at The Collegian, Bourland enjoys slowing down and shooting landscapes and portraits on film. Bourland first learned how to develop film with a friend in the bathrooms of Corbett Hall, stuffing towels under the doors to avoid any light leaking in. No matter where life takes Bourland, he hopes that photography will always be there along the ride.  

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