2017 POY

2017 POY

2017 POY

Wait, a Photos of the Year post without a single photo taken for a newspaper? Weird.

2017 was the first year since I picked up a camera that I didn’t shoot anything specifically for a newspaper.

Being the photographer for Santa Fe College means I might not have a camera in my hand every day like I would with the newspaper. It’s been a fun challenge to switch my frame of mind during assignments from “What’s the story of this situation?” to “How can I use the images I’m taking to get students to enroll here?” So I’m still telling stories and capturing moments with my camera, but for a different purpose.

General scene the Clock Tower on campus photographed on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla. (photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College)

One of my main goals last year (and continuing in 2018) is to get rid of all the stock images being used around the college. Sometimes that means just making my own version of a stock image, but with some aspect of SF sprinkled into the frame. Could be a campus landmark or just a coffee mug, anything that shows that it’s a local image and not from Getty.

Santa Fe College Room to Dance promo shoot on Friday, April 14, 2017. (photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College) ***Subjects have Releases***

Hannah Hildebran Reddish poses for photos on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2017 to be used to promote the Bachelor of Science in Accounting program at Santa Fe College. She's in a office setting with a computer, calculator and other supplies. (Photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College) ***Subjects have Releases***Not having a camera in my hand every day has been a tough adjustment from my newspaper days. So to help with that, I like to take walks around campus and just shoot whatever catches my eye. It’s similar to feature cruising. These images are great for social media use but not much of anything after that (until now!) Maybe once I get enough of these, I’ll make a gallery or something. Could be fun.

Light falls across the breezeway between buildings E and A on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla. (Photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College) Campus beauty photo taken on on Jan. 4, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla. (Photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College) A student talks on the phone outside B Building on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla. (Photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College)

The rest of the job includes campus events, sports, portraits… so very similar to newspaper assignments, but I get to have full control of the scene if I want. I try to capture moments as they happen still, but if I miss something, I’m not bound by journalism ethics to have the subject repeat the moment. I still feel a little bit icky about it but that’s the game.

The 12 returning starters for the Santa Fe Saints baseball team pose for photo to be used on the schedule poster on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla. Photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College) ***Subjects Have Releases*** The Santa Fe College Department of Fine Arts and the Santa Fe Singers perform Songs for the Season at the Fine Arts Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. The Choir sang a selection of holiday music. (Photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College) ***Subjects have Releases*** Santa Fe College students learn about constellations and planets during an Astronomy class at the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla. (photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College) ***Subjects have Releases*** Dance students practice using fog and lights on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla. (photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College) ***Subjects Have Releases*** The female Matschie's Tree Kangaroo with her joey in their enclosure at the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo on Thursday, Nov 2, 2017 in Gainesville, FL. *** Subjects have Releases *** After losing the penny wars, Santa Fe College Student Body President Cale McCall received a pie in the on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla. The SF faculty and staff defeated the students in the Penny Wars 2017 competition, awarding Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Naima Brown the right to hit McCall with a pie. Dr. Brown decided not to hit McCall with the pie, instead giving the honor to Doug Bagby Associate Director of Student Life. Penny wars is a fundraising effort at Santa Fe College for the United Way of North Central Florida. (Photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College) ***SUbjects have Releases*** 360 degree image of the Santa Fe Saints women's Basketball team on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla. (photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College) ***Subjects have Releases*** Interpretive dance students in the Fine Arts Hall on Thursday, Sept. 2017 in Gainesville, Fla. (photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College) ***Subjects have Releases*** Meghan Thomson of the 2017 Santa Fe Saints Volleyball team photographed on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla. (photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College) ***Subjects Have Releases*** Multimedia and Video Production Technology students film a movie in the Bat Cave on Friday, Jan. 24, 2017 in Newberry, Fla. (Photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College) **Subjects have Releases*** Scenes from the Santa Fe College versus Lake Sumter State College baseball game on March 29, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla. Santa Fe College won 12-4. (Photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College) **Subjects have Releases***

Probably the most exciting part of the year has been traveling to document all things Ernest Hemingway. In January, I went to Cuba to see where the famous author lived for many years. This summer I went to Key West to get footage for a documentary. Then this fall, I went to Montana to interview Valerie Hemingway also for that same documentary. In July, the college hosted a conference for Hemingway scholars where the first draft of the documentary aired. It will be re-edited and shown again next summer at a Hemingway conference in Paris. (Fingers crossed that I get to go)

Big thanks to my colleagues Raul Villarreal (who grew up in Cuba and his father was Hemingway’s Majordomo) and Michael Curry (who grew up in Key West and had family who worked with Hemingway when he wrote for the Key West newspaper) Those guys have led the charge with this project. I’ve tagged along to document the college’s role and to create my own project.

Valerie Hemingway in her home in Bozeman, MT. Interview with Valerie Hemingway at her home on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 in Bozeman, MT. (photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College) ***Subjects Have Releases***

Yellowstone National Park on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 in Bozeman, MT. (photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College) ***Subjects Have Releases***

on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in Key West, Florida. (Photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College)

Handwritten notes on a copy of To Have and Have not.

on Tuesday June 27, 2017 in Key West, Florida. (Photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College)

Santa Fe College President Dr. Jackson Sasser in front of Hemingway’s boat, the Pilar.

Dr. Jackson Sasser listens to Hemingway Museum Director Ada Rosa Rosales talk about the Pilar at the Finca Vigia on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 in San Francisco de Paula, Cuba. Ernest Hemingway lived in the Finca Vigia from 1939 to 1960. The Pilar is a 38-foot fishing boat used by Hemingway. (Photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College)

And finally just some street scenes in Cuba. (Click here to see some more during my time in Cuba)

on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College) on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College)

And that’s been my year at Santa Fe College, so that’s pretty much it right? Nope. Since I work for the state now, I have most of my nights and weekends free. How do I spend all that free time? By taking more photos of course.

I did quite a bit of freelance work this year… mostly sports. It started with the College Football National Championship in Tampa. I’ll be at this year’s championship as well.

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My good friend Tim Casey is the team photographer for the Florida Gators and he threw quite a bit of work my way, including being on the crew of photographers who shoot each home game. So I got some good access while getting my Gator football fix this year.

Florida Gators versus Texas A&M Aggies at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla. The Aggies defeated Florida 19-17. (Photo by Matt Stamey)

UAB Blazers at Florida Gators football at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla. Florida defeated UAB 36-7. (Photo by Matt Stamey) UAB Blazers at Florida Gators football at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla. Florida defeated UAB 36-7. (Photo by Matt Stamey)

The football team didn’t do so hot, but a couple of their other teams had reason to dogpile. Baseball won the College World Series (but first they dogpiled after winning the Super Regional to advance to the CWS) Volleyball finished national runner-up (but first dogpiled after reaching the final four) And soccer did pretty well too (but first celebrated a goal early in the season that’s almost a dogpile)

Florida players celebrate after defeating Wake Forest 3-0 in an NCAA college super regional baseball game Monday, June 12, 2017, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey)

The Florida Gators defeated the USC Trojans in five sets to advance to the NCAA Final Four at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on Dec. 9, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla. (Photo by Matt Stamey) Florida Gators versus the Stanford Cardinal at Donald R. Dizney Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. Florida defeated Stanford 3-2. (Photo by Matt Stamey)

If I wasn’t at a UF sporting event, I was at another sporting event… or a graduation…or a wedding. (Congrats Morgan and Derek!)

Dec 3, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; The Stanford Cardinal celebrate after defeating the UCLA Bruins in the NCAA women's soccer College Cup championship at Orlando City Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports Dec 2, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; UCF Knights wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith (4) catches a touchdown pass in front of Memphis Tigers linebacker Darian Porter (29) during the second half at Spectrum Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports South Carolina Gamecocks versus the Stanford Cardinal during the NCAA Women's College Cup at Orland City Stadium on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 in Orlando, Fla. Stanford defeated South Carolina 2-0. (Photo by Matt Stamey) Images from the University of Florida Graduation ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla. (Photo by Matt Stamey) Images from the wedding of Morgan Watkins to Derek Lavender on August 27, 2017. (Photo by Matt Stamey)

This Christmas, I went home for a few days with the family. I got plenty of Uncle Matt time with the young Stamey crew and event got to clear the driveway with a snow blower. Totally an overkill for an inch of snow. But who cares.

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Oh, and I jumped out of an aircraft in flight. Easily one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done. Can’t wait to do it again soon.

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