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Member Spotlight: Greg Wilkins

Greg Wilkins is a native Texan, growing up in the Texas Panhandle and South Plains region

before moving to the DFW area with his wife, Pyeper in 1997. Greg was exposed to

photography early in life, as his grandparents, Irl and Irene Smith, owned and operated a

successful photography studio in Pampa, TX for 50 years. Greg learned a bit about film

photography processes at their side, expanding that knowledge in high school and college

photojournalism as well as taking college photography classes. He worked in a photography lab while in college at West Texas State University. His duties in the lab ranged from one-hour processing to printing custom enlargement, shooting copy work as well as mixing chemistry and maintaining the photo processing machinery. While working there, Photoshop was introduced to the world and the industry made rapid changes. It was in this period that Greg graduated college and stepped away from photography to start working in the Transportation / Logistics Industry where he spent over 32 years before retiring in 2018.

Greg was re-introduced to photography, this time in the digital arena in 2011. The purchase of a DSLR was the result of a planned vacation to Alaska. The trip preparation re-awakened a pent-up desire to capture the world around us from his unique perspective. He primarily

shoots wildlife and birds but is not confined to those genres. He enjoys traveling with his

family, shooting wildlife, architecture, abstracts, and macro images. “The trick to capturing a great image is a combination of perspective and light. If you get those right, the rest is easy”

Greg has been a consistent award winner in the State Fair of Texas Photography Contest, the Rowlett Art Group, and the Rockwall Art League’s Fine Art Show in 2019 and 2020. His work can be seen on Instagram and Facebook at Wilkinswerks Photography.

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