Student Profile - Daniel Baird-Miller
"You have to learn how to draw first," Daniel Baird-Miller was told when, as a junior majoring in sociology with a five-course schedule, he walked into the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford and asked how he could become an art major.
Baird-Miller, a recent Hillyer graduate, took a drawing course on Saturday mornings while keeping his full course load, did well in the course, and is now majoring in photography. He was one of four students whose photographs were chosen to be part of an exhibition, Sanctuaries: From Asia to the Americas, at the Art School’s Silpe Gallery this fall.
"When I was 12, I went to Israel for three weeks with my father," says Baird-Miller. "I took over 12 rolls of film. That’s what got me started. At first I thought of it as a hobby, but now I think of it as a career path."
Baird-Miller went to Israel and Egypt this year on a study abroad trip. He took pictures of the sand, rocks, and rivers of Israel and of the old stonework buildings of Cairo. He also captured the very real and rugged faces of guards and street sweepers and other ordinary citizens. His eye for color, content, and composition are evident in the Sanctuaries exhibit.
"I like taking pictures where there are drastic changes in climate, culture, and atmosphere," says Baird-Miller. "I don’t know if I’ll be able to make travel photography into a career, but I hope I can. It’s what I love doing."