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Arturo Gomez | Photography Editor

Arturo Gomez poses for a self portrait at a friends house Sacramento, California September 9, 2020. (Arturo Gomez/ [email protected])

Fall 2020 brings a newly appointed editor of photography to The Express. Arturo Gomez, a photography major, began with The Express as a staff photographer in spring 2020. This is his second semester working with The Express. He was encouraged to join the staff by sports editor Keyshawn Davis.

“‘05, I took a class then dropped out,” Gomez laughed, speaking of his previous college experience. “When I started going back to school, I had no idea what route to go down but I had in my head I wanted to do photography. I knew Key from [working with him at] Punch Bowl Social. He was like ‘you need to get on the paper. We need photographers!’”

In January 2020, based on Davis’ encouragement, Gomez filled his class schedule with journalism courses such as AP Style, photojournalism, and college media production (in which The Express is published online). After completing his degree in photography at City College, Gomez hopes to transfer to San Francisco state university to enroll in their photojournalism program.

Gomez said he found enjoyment working with The Express and received a lot of guidance from fall 2020 photo editor, Sara Nevis. Nevis has helped him develop his style and work on communication with his colleagues

“Sara pointed out a fault of mine, which is because I’m trying to put too much on my plate,” Gomez said. “I worked with her almost the whole summer–even before then–like all semester. She taught me a lot!”

Gomez also spoke about being inspired by Randy Allen, photo adviser of The Express. He described being impressed by all of the press badges in Allen’s office and hearing about superbowl games and world series he’d taken photos of.

“I’m like–that’s the dream job,” Gomez exclaimed. “Something I always wanted to do too, even when I was younger, is work for National Geographic. Still shots of things that a majority of people would never see in their life. You can take a photo of it and share it with people that would never have a chance to see [that image]. That’s the real dream job right there. I want to travel and shoot everywhere I can go.”

Gomez makes school his highest priority before developing plans for a career in photojournalism. As a result of restrictions related to COVID-19, he lost his job in the service industry in March 2020. However, at the end of May, Gomez began photographing protests that began in response to the death of George Floyd, who died while being arrested by police.

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“At first it was just sitting at home waiting it out,” said Gomez. When he heard about the protest that occurred in front of the police station on Franklin blvd, he decided to go to take photos. “That night–I think it was May 29–was kinda crazy. I got hit in the head by a rock, I watched somebody get flipped over by a cop and arrested, I watched squadrons of sheriffs escort an SUV out of a crowd.

“I’m like ‘this is wild!’ This is what it’s all about. This is current events going on in the community. From then until the end of June, I think I went to 23 or 24 days of protests. I was there from eight in the morning until one in the morning sometimes. I think I have about 10,000 photos from over the summer.”

He said he was excited but nervous about moving into the editing position with The Express. When he was asked about accepting the position he had two jobs and a full time schedule of classes. According to Gomez, he wants to help staff at The Express thrive in a time where sources can be difficult to reach.

“I know it entails a lot of work. Being an editor is almost like a full time job,” said Gomez. “I have a lot of good ideas on what we can do. It’s a whole new world of how we do things. A lot of things we do for The Express is about campus life. There is no campus life right now. Campus life is everybody in their house doing homework on their computer.”

The closure of City College campus imposes challenging limits to developing stories and finding new sources, according to Gomez. He lamented the lack of sports activity on campus, saying he’d looked forward to covering football games from the sidelines.

“We can’t go to vibe in the quad. We can’t get our sideline passes for football games,” Gomez said. He still wants to find new ways to encourage new photographers joining The Express this semester.

“Just go out there and shoot,” He said. “Find your style. Everybody has their own. It’s what makes you unique.”

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