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English instructor earns praise for photography

Major Lingle is an instructor with the Academy’s Department of English and Fine Arts and a public affairs officer by trade. Courtesy Photo

Major Lingle is an instructor with the Academy’s Department of English and Fine Arts and a public affairs officer by trade. Courtesy Photo

By Butch Wehry

Academy Spirit staff

 

An instructor with the Academy’s Department of English and Fine Arts recently had his photography featured in Paradigm, a quarterly literary journal based in Columbus, Ohio.

Many of the images that comprise Maj. Brandon Lingle’s photo essay, “Mothballed,” come from the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center, or “Boneyard,” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., with a few others coming from what used to be Kelly AFB, Texas.

Paradigm’s editors wrote, “Lingle’s gallery captures power in ruins – a tattered landscape of forgotten vehicles and weaponry. From turbines to exposed cockpits, Lingle presents a haunting mosaic of faded American might.”

Major Lingle originally shot the images for his master’s thesis. He worked with the AMARC for some time to take photos inside the center but said he found the scrap yards around the Boneyard more photogenic.

“Over the last couple of years, I’ve been working hard to publish creative nonfiction, too,” the Lompoc, Calif., native said. He has an essay forthcoming in Narrative Magazine. His work has appeared in literary journals such as North American Review, Mississippi Review, War, Literature and the Arts and the inaugural issue of Crash.

Major Lingle’s photography is forthcoming in Redivider, Anderbo, Adirondack Review and Platte Valley Review, he said. A series of five photos, titled “Hit-or-Miss,” recently won the 2009 online contest for the literary journal CutBank, which is published by the University of Montana. His photos have also appeared in Drunken Boat, War, Literature and the Arts and Juked magazines.

Not surprisingly, the public affairs officer uses his work during lessons on visual communication. He currently teaches English 495, a special topics course focused this semester on New Journalism, and English 411, which focuses on the moral and intellectual aspects of war as expressed in the literature of the profession of arms.

Major Lingle said his interest in photography began in high school. Before he came to the Academy as part of the class of 2000, he worked as a freelance photographer for several newspapers. What will be this major’s “ultimate” photo?

“I’m not sure, but I hope I’m observant enough to catch it whenever it shows up,” he said. “It’s great to be part of a department that supports these creative endeavors.”

Major Lingle’s Web site, www.blingle.info, has links to all of his work that is available online.

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