February 18, 2014

Derek Herscovici, senior in journalism, is no stranger to work with Auburn University’s student media. He has worked as a campus reporter at The Auburn Plainsman for a year and as a member of the visual arts staff at The Auburn Circle for two years. Last semester, he submitted photos from his trips to China and Italy. Despite his impressive works, Derek said he’s an amateur photographer.

“I’ve never really been ‘into’ photography,” Derek said. “My roommate has all the different cameras and walks around with different lens and stuff. I’ve always been more about just going somewhere and just using a really simple camera and taking photos, more like documenting what I’m doing rather than ‘I have to make this whole scene an artwork.’

The photos Derek submitted to the last issue of The Circle were taken on trips abroad.

“[My trip to China] was insane,” Derek said. “That’s when I got my camera, and I swear I probably took about 3000 photos in a two-week span. I was taking hundreds of photos a day.” Herscovici’s photos “Dreamland”, “Yangshuo Bridge” and “Boy Selling Shoes” were taken in the jungle village of Yangshuo, 300 miles from Hong Kong. He took “Hercules Slaying a Centaur" while on a family trip to Italy.

“This past summer, my family went to Istanbul…during the riots actually,” Derek said. “We went to these Greek islands, went to Athens, then flew into Florence.”

Derek has served on the photography/art staff for The Circle since Fall 2012. He always wanted to submit work, but procrastinated on submitting for a few semesters. He finally decided to join the staff to be fully involved.

“I like having a say in what goes in and what goes out,” Derek said. “Being there and being able to say ‘I think this should be included’ or ‘this shouldn’t be included.’ Besides that, it’s one of the best-looking magazines that I know of, at least student magazines. I think it looks really good.”

After graduation, Derek said he’d like to be involved in magazine journalism. “I’d like to report on cultural things and do all sorts of art pieces,” Derek said.

Want to know how our staff decides which submissions are published? Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog post!


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