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Meet the Photographer: Ellie Shannon

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Ellie Shannon poses on a farm in Mead, Colorado. (Emma Drouhard | The Collegian)

Ellie Shannon is a junior at Colorado State University and is majoring in Journalism with a minor in global environmental sustainability.

Ellie’s favorite photos are ones that she took back in 2018 of a great horned owl that flew onto a fence post in front of her parents’ house. “I decided to get my camera and hop the fence to the other side to get some shots,” Ellie said. “To my surprise, the owl did not fly away or feel threatened.”


Ellie got into photography because of these types of photos, when you are surprised. This is why Ellie chose journalism with global environmental sustainability; Ellie wants to photograph and document moments like these in the future. 

A great horned owl sits on a fence post in Longmont, Colorado, in 2018. (Ellie Shannon | The Collegian)
A great horned owl sits on a fence post in Longmont, Colorado, inv2018. (Ellie Shannon | The Collegian)
A street in Bernkastel, Germany, sits in the sun in 2018. (Ellie Shannon | The Collegian)
Two people walk an empty street in Bernkastel, Germany, in 2018. (Ellie Shannon | The Collegian)

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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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