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Passion for Photography

Steven Sobel

Steve SobelSteven Sobel, 32, says, “It’s been a long time coming,” but he’s finally found his passion. The May graduate of Daytona State’s Associate of Science in Photography program has experienced a string of successes since first picking up a camera some four years ago.   

He was recognized for outstanding achievement by his professors and in April, his Small Worlds was featured among the best short films at the Florida Film Festival. You also can see his work in the Orlando Sentinel, where he’s been an intern while completing his photography studies, as well as on his website

His is a career path that came quite by accident, and only after he stepped back to reflect on his life and, well, focus on the big picture. Soon after graduating in 2004 from the University of North Florida with a bachelor’s degree in history, Sobel said he “had trouble finding my feet.” After a few law classes left him “uninspired,” he took basic jobs while figuring out next steps. 

He cleaned pools, delivered pizzas, anything just to get by, but a far cry from what might be expected of a 1999 Flagler Palm Coast High School graduate who earned Bright Futures and National Merit scholarships. Then in 2010, a trip with his father out West to visit national parks changed everything. With every click of his camera, Sobel discovered a passion for photography igniting inside him. His final DSC project exemplifies his talent for both imagery and topic choice - he documented athletes in their sport side by side with their classroom ‘look.’ His goal: to work as a photojournalist and capture stories through images.


{May 14, 2014}

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