What started out as a hobby at the age of 12 for Kent State University President Lester Lefton is now contributing thousands of dollars to a university scholarship fund.
To further grow his photography fan base, and to raise more cash for a Kent State student scholarship, Lefton started a Facebook page in October to showcase his photos in another light. As of Feb. 27, 2013, there were 232 Facebook users who "liked" the page.
The move to social media was a natural extension of the president's already established website featuring his photos — which he launched about a year ago.
Lefton, whose father was a professional photographer, said he mostly likes to shoot landscapes and architecture with his Nikon D800 and Sony RX1.
"Things I put on Facebook tend to be more Kent State-oriented, rather than general photographs," he said. "I've received positive feedback on that from the people who have already liked the page."
- Joann Smith posted on the Facebook page: "WOW! As a 1970 grad, I can appreciate the iconic pics of the campus. Beautiful images of KSU. I like the eclectic pieces too. Nicely done!
- Jesse Markowitz said: "This is a great page! Let's see more!"
To view all of the photos on the Facebook page, click here. Any of Lefton's pictures may be purchased on the president's photography website.
"I don't make any money on these," he said.
Proceeds from the sale of his photos go directly to the scholarship fund.
Lefton's time is consumed with his duties as president of the university seven days a week, but said he's sure to make time for his favorite hobby.
"Everybody takes time for different things — reading, exercise — I make sure I make time to take photos," he said. "I have determined, after great research, that I need an eighth day in every week for photography."
The time spent on his hobby is more than just snapping the camera lense — Lefton said he spends a great deal of time in post-production.
"I take about an hour or an hour and a half on each photograph to edit them," he said. "Post-processing of images is part of that process. I don’t see photography as just capturing a moment in time — although it does that as well. I believe that my work reflects my artistic sensibility, and the way I view the world."
So, what's not to "like?" Be sure to check out the photos showcased on the Facebook page and tell everyone what your favorite is in the comments section.