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King University News :: Blake Patrick :: Living Life through the Lens

For senior Blake Patrick, you could say he lives life through his camera lens. The Photography and Bible Religion major will graduate in May, and hopes to gain a job as an international photojournalist. Throughout his tenure at King, Patrick says he has had many fond memories that he’ll carry with him. 

In addition to being an active member in the Photography department, Patrick has travelled quite extensively. “During the summer of 2010, I had the chance to go to Africa with our school chaplain, Dr. Fred Foy Strang and work with him and some other students on his theological training by extension center in Kenya at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro.” 

Patrick credits his success at King to many individuals, including Dr. Strang and Photography professor, Chris Stewart. Patrick says that both individuals show a true understanding of their field and passion for their students. 

From being involved in various photography activities to throwing Frisbee on the oval, Patrick is involved in several extracurricular activities as well. His favorite though is an annual event sponsored by the King Photography Department. 

“Each year, the photography department does a fundraiser called Help Portrait. The event is for people and families around the community that need a professional portrait that otherwise would not have one.  We take their portrait, print it, frame it, and give it to them on the same day with other amenities along the way to help out.  This is a beautiful chance to give back to the community while using some of our gifts and talents.” 

Most college students typically have a bit of anxiousness about being away from home. Patrick seems to take it all in stride and roll with the flow. 

“Being away from home is a nice change of pace.  I can be far enough away to have my own space and enjoy myself, but still close enough for me to still have my clothes washed,” he joked. 

When asked about his favorite quote, he stayed with an understanding quote from Frederick Buechner, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness, and the world’s deep hunger meet.”