Photo story by, Kelly West News Photography One Class, Fall 15′
Collings Guitars, which started as a one-man shop in the mid-1970s, has grown to include more than 70 full-time employees and an expanding facility on the western edge of Travis County. Bill Collings dropped out of college as a pre-med major and started repairing and building guitars, and eventually hired his first employee in 1989, who still works for the company.
The Collings shop turns out high-quality acoustic and electric guitars, as well as mandolins and ukuleles, and most steps of the production process are performed painstakingly by hand. The cost of the guitars can range anywhere from $3,500 to $6,000 or more, depending on how custom the design is.
Collings instruments are played by a variety of musicians, including Lyle Lovett, Lloyd Maines, and Patti Smith.
[Students from the News Photography 1316 class spent a morning documenting the work and craftsmanship at Collings Guitars, and complied a photo story from the assignment.]
For a look at how Collings employees take a break to have fun during the day, enjoy this short video at http://bcove.me/z93mtt9m.
“The piece was inspired by my music taste. I enjoy electronic and industrial and I felt I could convey that liking through a visual representation.”
Accent holds contests each semester to showcase student art, photography and writing. Art major Marshall C. Simpson’s “Beast of Bass and Boom” was created with ink on paper. Sumbissions of original artwork may be sent to [email protected]
Thought provoking conversations took center stage at the Nov. 21 Leadership and Diversity Conference. Attendees at the Highland Campus event explored lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender issues.
Austin Community College Student Life staff member Angela Roberston discussed the main objective for conference.
“So today, our intent was to challenge students to learn to love and respect one another even when they disagree,” Robertson said.
A religious panel addressed LGBTQ issues in the context of faith and Biblical references. Michael Saenz, a student at ACC, said that we should consider a more modern approach than that laid out in the Bible.
“A lot of people are basing what they believe on what was written thousands of years ago. The views that were applied then don’t apply now,” Saenz said. “If someone loves someone else, it baffles me that its illegal for them to get married.”
Robertson talked about how she challenged students to make their own opinions and beliefs, as well as having respect for people with different beliefs than them.
“There were people that were challenged. There were people that were emotional,” Robertson said. “And that’s kind of what has to happen. We have to get uncomfortable so that we can grow.”
ACC student Elizabeth Cognetti felt called into action by the event.
“I’ve always been empathetic towards people who struggle day by day.” Cognetti said. “It makes me want to be able to stand up and really do something about it.”
ACC holds a Leadership and Diversity Conference every year. For more information visit the Student Life website.