Gary Cartwright

Photo Co-Op Council Member

Gary was born in Nelsonville, Ohio, but grew up in Athens. After graduating from Athens City schools, he joined the Navy for four years and then earned his Associate’s degree in Petroleum Management and Technology from Hocking College. Gary also went through the first Athens County Sherriff Citizens Academy in 2011 and received his certificate for completion of classes. Gary took his first photography class in high school, but life prevented him from further pursuing this interest. When he heard about the Athens Photographic Project, he immediately contacted Nate and signed up for the next class in the fall of 2013. Gary finds it much easier to express himself through photography than through words. Looking at the world through the camera viewfinder has enabled him to see the beauty around him, rather than focus on the darkness that has consumed a lot of his life. He hopes that his images can inspire others to take a closer look at their surroundings, as well as relate to the emotions he is trying to convey.