Most people know him as the man behind the camera on Logan’s campus. For the past 11 years, Vince McGee, MSEd, associate vice president of educational technology, has helped tell Logan’s story through photographs. He also was instrumental in establishing the online distance education program.
Before his retirement, Vince answered a few questions about his beginnings and what he has enjoyed most about looking through the camera lens.
How and when did you know you wanted to become a photographer?
I’ve been taking photos since I was about 12 years old. My dad was a professional photographer and I used to watch him work in the field and in the darkroom. I was processing my own film while I was still in grade school. Later, I studied photography as an art major at SIU Edwardsville.
When was your first day at Logan and what do you remember about it?
July 15, 2007. I remember thinking I knew nothing about chiropractic and I just agreed to run a media department and help start an online distance education program for a Chiropractic College. I had previously been both a director of distance education and director of media at other colleges but never had to run two departments at the same time. The faculty and staff at Logan were very welcoming, and that made all the difference.
What have been some of your most interesting and favorite photo assignments at Logan?
Probably one of the most interesting assignments was taking photos of Logan students giving tours at the “Body World” exhibit at the St. Louis Science Center. I have had some great photo opportunities: shooting the first pitch on the field at Busch Stadium, VIPs in education, politics, sports and entertainment. I took a lot of the photos around STL for a mural that’s in Logan’s cafeteria. But my favorite photo assignments were always in the air – I got a big kick taking photos in a helicopter with the Easter Bunny (a.k.a. Dr. Brian Snyder) and in a Cessna shooting aerials of the campus.
As a photographer, what inspires you? Who are your biggest influences?
My dad certainly sparked my interest in photography, but most of his photos were commercial. I’ve admired a lot of photographers – Galen Rowell, Ed Weston and his son Brett, David Muench and, of course, the great Ansel Adams. As you can see, all are known for their landscape work.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not taking pictures?
I’ve enjoyed going to the ballpark and following the Cards, of course, while being back in the STL area. My wife and I are moving back to Montana. I’m looking forward to spending time in the back country, floating a few rivers and hopefully doing a little flying.
What will you miss most about Logan?
The people of course. I have had the great honor and privilege to work with some very talented folks at Logan. I’ve been blessed with a great staff and supportive administration. I’ve enjoyed the many friendships I’ve made with my co-workers.
What do you plan to do in your retirement?
Visit as many national parks in the U.S. and Canada as I can and take lots of photos.
A few of Vince’s favorite pictures he’s taken for Logan University over the years: