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Creation Date

Fall 2015


Archival pigment print of Mike Shelton, measuring 16x20 inches.

This project was made possible with the support of a Civic Engagement Grant from the Ursinus Center for Advocacy, Responsibility and Engagement (UCARE).

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Mike Shelton works as a Sports Manager at Ursinus College. You may have seen him driving around on a Gator cart, working around the gym or doing all sorts of other tasks on campus to help keep the athletic department running smoothly. You may have also seen his family around campus too. Both of his sons have attended or currently attend Ursinus College. Mr. Shelton lives just a few minutes down the road with his wife. His home and its landscape are immaculate and you can consistently find him tending to his yard and house with the utmost care and pride. The road to enter the neighborhood borders his property causing every corner of his yard to be uniquely viewable. This is a benefit for everyone entering because from the front to the back of his property there is not a leaf out of place. The large basin of grass is allowed to grow but is carefully trimmed so it melds with the manicured grass and artistic patio. If he is not caring for his yard then Mr. Shelton might be enjoying a few rounds on the golf course with his son or friends. Mr. Shelton is direct and to the point; talking with him may be a short conversation because he will say what he thinks and wants within the first few words of talking. He works hard and takes pride in it. When he hurt his back recently it was just a hindrance to getting his work done and playing golf. I chose this picture of him on the mower because within seconds of hearing a description of the project he decided that he was either going to be there or with his golf clubs. The whole process of actually taking the picture took 10 minutes and I was surprised he let me go that long. Some people just like to get things done.


Copyright of the underlying work is held by the artist. The digital image presented here is for educational purposes only and is not for commercial use.


student art, 2015, documentary photography, Ursinus College, staff, portrait, photograph, archival pigment print


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