Georgia HOBY Newsletter:
Fifteenth Edition, March 22, 2014 

Featured Alumnus: John T. D. Murphy '07

My name is John T.D. Murphy. I was an HOBY ambassador from Carrollton High School in 2007. One trip around the merry-go-round wasn’t nearly enough for me, and this year will be my 8th Georgia HOBY experience! In those years, I started out as a junior staffer and worked my way up to be a facilitator with my own group of amazing ambassadors to work with every year. My HOBY experience was hugely influential in my life. The spirit of ingenuity, confidence, leadership, and the simple idea that we don’t need to wait and “grow-up” to lead, and to follow our dreams changed my outlook as a teen. Soon after my ambassador year at HOBY, I convinced my school and family to let me complete part of my high school degree by studying abroad. I spent most of my junior year at the Istituto d’Arte Paolo Toschi, an intensive fine arts school in Parma, Italy. I embraced art not only as my personal passion, but as my professional and career goal. I went on to study at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at The University of Georgia and graduated in 2013.  Since then I have been living and working as an artist in New York City, selling work to private institutions and collections such as the Sir Elton John Collection. Currently, I specialize in experimental and antique photography. A large part of my work is “large format” photography (That is the old type of photography where the camera looks like an accordion and where the photographer is under a black sheet), and I have also recently made a body of work consisting of contemporary pinhole photographs (pinhole cameras are cameras that you have to build yourself and which do not have any lens, just a very small opening for light). This year I’m excited to make the trip back down to Georgia, teach some junior staff how to REALLY cheer, and be inspired yet again by the amazing young leaders we are given the privilege of working with.

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