In our newsletters, we’ll be featuring short profiles of GNPA members from across the state. This month, it’s Gordon Wilson from the Gwinnett Chapter.

When did you join GNPA?

Seven years ago.


What’s your occupation?  

Retired. I was Senior Systems Developer on Student Systems at Emory University.


How did you get into photography?

My father was a studio photographer with his own darkroom in the basement, so I’ve been around cameras all my life. Unfortunately, his skills did not rub off on me. I’m still learning.


What are your favorite photography subjects?

Wildlife, structures and landscapes; sometimes small events and street scenes.

A cardinal in my front yard, waiting his turn at the feeders. Nikon D810, Tamron 150-600G, f/8, 1/160, ISO 400.

What are your favorite places to shoot?

I really enjoy the Georgia coast and the barrier islands.


What would be your photographic “dream trip?”

New Mexico and some of the southwestern states. Possibly Maine coast or Canadian Rockies.


Sandhill cranes from one of Larry Winslett’s Tennessee trips, back when Show Case (now Atlanta School of Photography) was still around. Nikon D600, Tamron 150-600mm, f/8, 1/640, ISO 500.

Which camera and lenses do you use most often?

Nikon D800 or D810 camera body with Nikkor 28-300mm or Tamron 150-600G, or 15-30mm lenses.


What are your go-to websites for photography information?

I am a very visual person, so I find a lot of my information on YouTube-type tutorials.


Have any photographers inspired you?

Ansel Adams is one of my favorites, not only for his great images but also because he, like John Muir and others, was an environmentalist and advocate for the West and the protection of our resources.


What’s your favorite part of belonging to GNPA?

The programs are great, and the members are so willing to help no matter what your skill level.


Something about you most people don’t know:

I’m interested in my Scottish heritage, so I am a director for the Stone Mountain Highland Games, and a director on the board of The Scottish Tartans Museum and Heritage Center in Franklin, NC. I performed with a bagpipe band for more than 40 years.


Where are you from?

 Atlanta GA