Tolu Omokehinde is a sophomore Biochemistry major with a passion for time-lapse photography. He began making pictures in high school at Montgomery Blair in Silver Spring, MD. “I started out taking macro photos of water drops and flowers,” he recalls. “Then I did photojournalism for Silver Chips, the school newspaper – sports photos, event photos. When I discovered time-lapse photography, that was it. It stuck with me.” In his last year, he created a time-lapse project documenting his senior class and posted it online. The video went viral, attracting attention and reposts all over the internet, including Jezebel and the Huffington Post.
When Tolu came to UMBC to study biochemistry as a Meyerhoff Scholar, he contacted the university’s Creative Services department, looking for photo opportunities on campus. He spent his freshman year making time-lapse videos of university life, which UMBC posted on its website. Tolu’s time-lapse work attracted the attention of IRC director Dan Bailey and in September 2013, Tolu joined the IRC as a student intern.
“So far, I’ve been working on panoramic photographs. Now I’m getting back to time-lapse. I think it’s the best type of photography,” he says, pausing a video that explains how operate a motorized crane for a moving time-lapse shot. “It’s also expensive and hard,” he admits with a grin.
After UMBC, Tolu plans to go to graduate school and get his Ph.D. in biochemistry. “I love research and lab work,” he enthuses, “it’s my other passion. A lot of people think art and science don’t mix, but I like doing both. It’s totally possible, and it’s fun. I love it.”
Want to see more of Tolu’s work? You can click here to visit his page on Vimeo.
The IRC Internship Program and Post-Baccalaureate Experience offers undergraduate students from many disciplines the opportunity to work on professional projects. These students receive invaluable experience with new digital technologies and, more importantly, they learn how to collaborate with other researchers to create large-scale, high-profile work. The IRC provides opportunities for over thirty undergraduate student interns a year.