Jacob Hales

Who is Jacob Hales? My life summed up in a four word statement. Well that’s me! I have been called Yacob, Jaycub, Cub, Jake, Karen, 3 bland density, A Walking Encyclopedia, Loser (I won’t delve into the more offensive nicknames); and I’m a junior here at Heritage. I’m a newbie on the Heritage Herald staff and couldn’t be happier. A few random facts about me: I am half-fluent in five languages, I’m a film photographer, my younger brother is my actual doppelganger, and I’m atrocious at math. Other than that, I’m not too interesting.

As for hobbies, photography has played a major role in my life, I started taking pictures when I was 12 and haven’t looked back since. However, I am by no means a professional; I like to consider myself as amateur or mediocre. I started with film cameras and gradually worked my way up to a Canon DSLR. Don’t get me wrong; I love film. In fact, I love my film cameras more than my digital ones, which explains why nearly every article I write delves into the complications and advantages of film photography. I also enjoy film-making, writing, and learning new languages.

I would never consider myself a ‘good’ student; it just depends on the class. Classes such as math and chemistry are not my cup of tea, and I have little to no motivation for them.  Social studies and language courses are most definitely my stronghold when it comes to grades at the moment, which surprises me because i’m not good at memorizing anything. Memorization is crucial in social studies and foreign language classes and for some reason I can remember important dates in History and grammar in Chinese, but not a simple math formula. As for after school activities, I am somewhat involved. I co-founded the photography club at Heritage, (you should join if you haven’t already!) which has helped me make a few friends and grow closer to an amazing group of artistic individuals.

I transferred into Newspaper after one of the editors asked Mr. Schweickert to give me an interview. It was a week after school started, and to be honest, I was terrified. I had two friends who’d been in the class for a semester, and from what I had heard, Newspaper was an experience rather than a class. I had classes with most of the people on the staff before, but I still felt as if I wouldn’t fit in. Somehow, I managed to get into the class, and it’s been a great few months. I plan to keep Newspaper on my schedule for as long as possible. Hopefully, it will help me prepare for a future career in journalism.

Up until last year, I thought I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I thought I was going to attend four-year university, get my Bachelors in Cinematography, and direct movies until I eventually succumbed to old age or mental deterioration. But after my sophomore year, I realized that this dream I had wasn’t right for me. I was longing for something that would give me the power to travel and document my travels, and that’s when I stumbled upon photojournalism. So I suppose that’s the end goal: to become a photojournalist. I’m not entirely sure how to get there, but I truly believe that I will eventually find my way.

To me, photojournalism is a very important part of my life. The camera is the one thing that has the power to capture moments in time; it has the potential to change the world. Through photojournalism, I hope to shine a light on some of the darkest corners of the world, to destroy barriers, to find people and to create emotions with the images I take.

Well, now you know that person behind all of the crazy photography and journalistic articles is really just a 16-year-old with a passion for things that are not typically heard of in today’s society. Hopefully, you learned something new about me if you already knew me and if you didn’t, it’s a pleasure to meet you.