Gary Lee, 34, who lives in Cumbernauld, has studied Photography at HNC and HND level at our Motherwell Campus.
Having combined his studies with working as a business analyst for a large bank, he is progressing to a degree-level course in Edinburgh.
The course in Photography appealed to me because I wanted to become a photographer, and also learn to take better pictures of my family.
I chose New College Lanarkshire after reading previous students’ outstanding feedback of Lewis Napier and his photography team – and after studying here for two years I can now happily make those recommendations to others.
I enjoyed the course because it was set at a great pace, and had a good mixture of young and mature students. The teachers really keep you engaged and are passionate about photography. I have now created images that I would have only dreamed about before.
The studios are a great size and really well looked after, and we were able to take images using Bowen professional lighting kits, which really helps you stay up-to-date with current technology.
The most important lesson that I’ve learned is that if you want something enough, and have the right environment and people around you, you can achieve anything that you set your mind to.
I have many highlights from the last two years, including photographing The X Factor tour and race cars at Knockhill, but I’d say my biggest achievement was winning HNC Student of the Year and then winning Loxley Colour HND Image of the Year, which were both great honours to pick up.
Anything that is worth doing isn’t always easy to do. I have learned that anything is possible if you work hard enough. The lecturers at New College Lanarkshire made me feel like one of their own family, and you can’t say that for many other places.
In ten years’ time, I see myself teaching this subject that I am so passionate about. Maybe I’ll even be back where it all began in Motherwell – who knows!