Chris Hildreth, director of Duke Photography, has long known that Duke University’s campus has its ups and downs. This week, Hildreth went up the 329 steps up the spiral staircase inside the tower of Duke Chapel to scout potential photo shoots.
“It's easy to look down on campus when you're on top of the chapel, but it pays to look up too,” Hildreth said.
The photo he took was posted as part of Duke Photography’s new “Duke Photo a Day” Instagram project. One photo each day from the Duke Photography staff will be posted.
Here are some recent postings:
Face it, we all like to make a splash sometimes. Tonight I did make a splash with Duke biology professor Sonke Johnsen. Thanks to my colleague Bill Snead for snagging the behind the scenes shot of the shoot for a new campaign to promote the arts at Duke. Instant fun, just add water! Photo by Bill Snead @c_hildreth /Duke Photography #dukephotoaday #artstigators
Sky High Tour! #PictureDuke Photo Club takes a tour of Duke Life Flight on January 18th, 2017. Tour guides Kenny Parker and Josh Herring gave club photographers open access tours to the helipad, interior of one of the Air Methods Life Flight helicopters, and Life Flight ambulances. Photo by Bill Snead/Duke Photography #dukephotoaday
MLK Service of Celebration: Collage Dance Company leads the processional during Duke University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration on Sunday, Jan. 15 at Duke Chapel. Phil Freelon, the principal architect of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), delivered the keynote address. Photo by Megan Mendenhall @megankmendenhall/Duke Photo #dukephotoaday
K-Ville: Michael Scruggs, left, and Madden Osei, right, play a friendly game of hoops in front of K-Ville on Friday, Jan. 13. Duke undergraduate students camp out in tents at K-Ville during basketball season leading up to the home game against arch-rival, the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. Photo by Megan Mendenhall @megankmendenhall/Duke Photo #dukephotoaday
The aim is capture the most visually compelling images from Duke’s campus while also showcasing Duke teaching and research and its dynamic campus life.
The project is part of the photography office's mission to capture compelling images that tell Duke stories to a wide audience.
"I've enjoyed the project," said Duke photographer Jared Lazarus. "It gets me more involved in the day to day life of campus. I'm getting to events I wouldn't have thought of photographing before."
Have an idea for "photo a day"? Contact Duke Photography at www.dukephoto.duke.edu/contact.