Radcliffe documents life through his lens

By Roan Enright ’13

Photo by Tim Cooney '14 - Senior Dalton Radcliffe '13 can often been seen around campus with his camera.
Photo by Tim Cooney '14 - Senior Dalton Radcliffe '13 can often been seen around campus with his camera.

When almost any Brophy related event occurs, Dalton Radcliffe ’13 can be found quietly documenting the event with his camera.

Radcliffe, who is in the AP Studio Art Photography class, started taking pictures in the eighth grade after his brother’s interest in photography.

“I think I got into photography when I saw my brother go take a couple of star trails and seeing the result from that, I knew this is what I wanted to do,” Radcliffe said.

When going through the intro photography classes Radcliffe found his future concentration: light painting, or night photography.

This first came after a photo shoot with previous Brophy photographer Steven Douglas ’12.

“We went into the chapel and the couple of photos he ended up getting were amazing. So I asked to try and when I went to do it, it looked almost as good and I thought to myself this is something that I want to continue to do,” Radcliffe said.

Since working with Douglas, Radcliffe has started to perfect creating light orbs and helping anyone who has similar interest.

“As a photographer, especially a night photographer, he executes very well.  One thing he does really well is the light painting orbs.  He is our friend group’s master at that, and he teaches us every outing,” said Johnny Angelone ’13.

In his work, he is praised for his focus and vision that he has when taking a photo.

“When he sets out to take a set or series of photos, he has a specific idea, and will stay as long as he needs in order to get it perfect.  He is extremely good at putting his ideas into the photos,” Angelone said.

But night photography is only a limited portion of what Radcliffe decides to document.

For the past two years he has been taking pictures at football games and any event related to school such as Masses and Summit speakers.

“I always asked Mr. Mulloy ’99 if I could go take pictures at the football games and that’s probably my second favorite form of photography, there is something about being so close to the action, being on the field, and I will always have my memories from being on the field,” Radcliffe said.

He added that he doesn’t take pictures for the experience, instead he does it because he simply enjoys taking photos.

In the future he doesn’t see it ever becoming a profession but wants to continue it as a hobby, instead of forgetting after he moves on to college.

“I just do it, because I enjoy taking pictures even if it isn’t my concentration. I still like taking pictures because I like figuring out how to take them, what are the settings and how it will turn out,” Radcliffe said.