Looking On In Wonder

Looking On In Wonder

"In East of Eden, John Steinbeck paints a picture of his hometown in Northern California—its landscapes, its smells, its sounds, its people. As a writer, I’ve always been jealous of his muse because my childhood home was never fully mine. How can I write about West Point when most of my experiences were on the outside looking in? How can a girl with no Class Ring touch the Long Gray Line?"

VOL II - CONTRIBUTORS

VOL II - CONTRIBUTORS

CADET was designed to be a collaborative endeavor. While VOL I was comprised entirely of images and articles attributed to the CADET team, VOL II proudly features the works of several individuals from the USMA community. Highlighting grads old and new, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to share their talents with you.

Here’s a look at the contributors that helped make VOL II of CADET a success.

OUR NEW HQ - Washington, D.C.

OUR NEW HQ - Washington, D.C.

We have already begun to run into West Pointers at every turn - random happy hour near the White House: a West Pointer is there; waiting room at an eye doctor appointment: a West Pointer is there; walking down the hallway at the Pentagon: many, many West Pointers are there. 

So, if you call DC or NOVA home please, please, pretty please reach out. You and your stories are at the heart of this publication - we want to help tell your story. Additionally, we are always excited to work with the West Point community and Grad-owned businesses. 

Photographers for Class of 2018 Pinning Ceremonies

Photographers for Class of 2018 Pinning Ceremonies

You'll get 1-hour of photographic coverage of your son/daughter's bar pinning ceremony in the style of professional photographers Chris Pestel and Caroline Taft. During this 1-hour session you will get candid, photojournalistic coverage of your cadet's bar pinning as well as individual and family portraits. You can expect 50-75 quality images available for download via a web gallery within 24 hours of the session. This gallery can be shared with friends and family and can be used to impress everyone with high impact, professional images ready for your newly christened 2LT's graduation party.

Portrait of Creators

Portrait of Creators

HELP US WITH OUR MISSION TO LOCATE 100 WEST POINT CREATORS

Our sleeves are rolled-up, gas tank is full, cameras are poised and we've got approximately 147 questions queued-up. Our mission is simple. We want to meet, photograph and interview the creators, the innovators, the artists, the trendsetters, and the pathfinders within the ranks of the Long Gray Line.

The list is growing, but we could use your help: Do you know a West Point creator?

To Beat the Devil

To Beat the Devil

Rites of passage are important and plebe boxing is also the source of tremendous confidence, courage, pride, camaraderie and among the ranks of alpha males, bragging rights. Boxing is a great equalizer. Status vanishes. Race vanishes. Religion vanishes. And you are left with raw passion, physical prowess, and controlled agression. Enter that proving ground and no matter where you hail from, you are only in that ring. You’re from nowhere. Its just you vs your opponent…you vs yourself.

See it Through

See it Through

Laura Walker died on August 18th, 2005 in Afghanistan, many miles removed from Arvin Gym, the Cadet Barracks, the Mess Hall and trip sections. Laura was an Army-brat, Captain of Women’s Team Handball, and a member of the class of 2003–our classmate. I did not know her very well. And that fact stung me with a sense of dread as I arrived at West Point on the morning of Friday, March 27, 2015.

8 West Point Books You've Probably Never Heard Of

8 West Point Books You've Probably Never Heard Of

Books, man. They're great. Bastions of knowledge, keepers of ideas, connectors of dots. This year the United States Military Academy at West Point celebrates its 215th birthday. The cumulative knowledge amassed over those 215 years is vast and nearly endless. In the past 6 months I started to follow a new blog called Execution Hollow, which details many nuggets of West Point lore pre-1900. Its a great blog and I love learning about the past. The place was so different then, yet so very much the same. 

Cadet Portraits

Cadet Portraits

We’re in the business of making images - we tell stories about people, about places and about things. From West Point Boxing and High School Football to the beaches of Thailand and Restaurant identity, our lens searches for the relatable and forms the tangible out of the intangible. 

We’re West Point graduates - we’ve been there & we’ve done that. Who better understands a Cadet then a former one. Our trials and tribulations, though very different are more similar than dissimilar. Photography and image-making is about light, composition, framing and creativity. Great photography is about all of those things plus one big difference…empathy.