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Meet the Photographer: Tri Duong

Tri Duong lies in the snow photographing the mountains at Jackson Lake, Wyoming, 2020. Tri explained that, “to get a clean photo, a photographer must get creative about their positioning as it is crucial to representing reality from a different point of view.” (Greta Weston)

Originally from Vietnam, Tri Duong moved to the United States with his family on Christmas Eve in 2007. At his family reunion, he met a photographer from The Loveland Reporter-Herald and was immediately interested by the photographer’s camera and lens.

Since that introduction, Tri became interested in photography and the role it plays in his existence. In fifth grade, Tri took his first photography course and has since fallen in love with documentary style photography. Tri’s two favorite pictures he has ever taken are these two landscape shots of Lake Loveland.

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Tri loves these shots because “it was not about how the pictures looked but the meaning behind them. At the most difficult time in my life, I always turned to photography and captured the moment that I felt most alive again.”

Now studying journalism with a minor in chemistry, Tri hopes to continue in documentary work. 

Protesters outside the Colorado State Capitol put their hands in the air March 27. The protest to stop Asian hate crimes featured speeches, poetry and music from the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in response to elevated hate crimes against these communities. (Tri Duong | The Collegian)
Lake Loveland as the sun sets in Loveland, Colorado. (Tri Duong | The Collegian)
Lake Loveland in Loveland, Colorado. (Tri Duong | The Collegian)
David Roddy (21) dunks at the 2021 Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championship. (Tri Duong | The Collegian)

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

Editor’s Note: The photo caption on the picture of Tri Duong was updated on May 11 to include a quote.

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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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