Name: Shiloh Bradley
Graduated high school from: I didn’t, I got my GED in 1993 from Seattle Central after moving to Seattle from Cali between my Junior and Senior year.
School and area of study: Seattle Central College, Network Design & Administration
Year in college: 2nd year. Graduating June 2017.
What should people know about me? I’m actually a high school dropout. I grew up dealing with both physical and emotional abuse from my parents, and ended up in a DV situation during my first marriage. I thought going to college was a luxury I would never get to experience. Luckily, with the support of my current husband and the friends I’ve made over the years at Seattle Central, that faded dream has become a reality.
What would be my advice to new scholars? Appreciate the fact you are in school and don’t squander a moment of it. Enjoy being in school, and the ability to learn and experience new things. If you’re concerned that the major you chose isn’t 100% what you want to do, head to your campus’ Career Center and someone there can help you figure it out.
What would be my advice to a new scholar at my school? Seattle Central is an amazing campus. Before being a student there I worked there for 11 years, and I consider it my home. There are great people that work there and they are just waiting to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
What should people know about the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship? When you start out, plan your BS degree early to make sure that where you choose to go and what program you want to take are both approved. I found out that the BAS Networking program at Central isn’t approved by WSOS, but I think I have found a program at another University that is; and it’s even my end goal of Cybersecurity so it actually works out better for me.
Shiloh is a creative photographer and under the name Midnyte Photography, offers collections of photos from around the world at heavy metal concerts, of her travels, and artistic shoots of people and architecture.
I think the most obvious question is, why is photography your choice of creative expression? I was given my first camera when I was around 8 or 9 years old. It was a 110 film camera, and I found that I saw things that others didn’t; I wanted to be able to show these things to everyone else. Even when I don’t have a camera with me, I’ll find myself seeing things, stopping and just staring for a moment and pondering about it.
What is your advice for someone wanting to work on a personal project outside of their major? Just do it. Find a way. What you’re going to school for doesn’t have to define your existence. I’m a tech geek, but I’m also a photographer, and I’ve been both for the bulk of my life. Remember, that life is there to be lived. Don’t live to work, work to live.
What is your favorite band you’ve photographed? I have to give only one?? I’ve had so many amazing moments during my time as a concert photographer. There are a couple that really stand out, but I think I’m going to have to go with Gorgoroth. It was Inferno Festival in Oslo, Norway, Easter weekend 2008. They’re known for quite a bit of controversy over the years, but they have one song ‘The Sign of an Open Eye’ that speaks volumes to me. It’s a slower paced song, one that you wouldn’t expect from a Norwegian Black Metal band and certainly not one you’d expect to hear live. Now, I had already spent my one song in the photo pit which was nerve-wracking as my battery died half way through, so I spent the second half of the song shooting with a dead battery in my mouth so I didn’t lose any time after switching batteries. I got out of the photo pit, got a cider and wandered into the crowd to enjoy the rest of the show. Fourth song into their set and the opening chords for ‘The Sign of an Open Eye’ ring out. By the end of the song I had my hand in the air and tears streaming down my face. It was simply spiritual. The next day I was in the VIP lounge with other members of the press when the vocalist, Gaahl, walks in. I went over to him, thanked him for playing that song and told him of my experience. He put out his hand for me to shake and he said ‘Thank you, that’s what I want to hear, that the music moves people.”