In July of last summer a high school friend called from a party on the Lower East Side to tell me about a “nice tall guy” from Wesleyan he was with. When he told me the guy’s name, I began the hilarious story of how we'd met on a Saturday night in my room in WestCo. Before I’d finished I heard a shrill “no! stop!” and the line was dead.
While I can't tell you the details of our first encounter, I can tell you the boy was Elijah Stevens. And he looks like this:
And, 12 months later (6 of which he was abroad, 6 of which we avoided eye contact) we are not only friends but we get to work together. For he is the best Online Photo Editor ever.
Raised in Leverett, Massachusetts, a town he describes as the “forest next to Amherst,” Elijah spent his adolescent summers at Buck’s Rock Art Camp in CT. Unlike some of his bunkmates, Elijah never pursued a modeling and/or acting career. However, he did learn how to take photos.
Now at Wesleyan, Elijah is very busy. He writes for Wesleying about things like “Diversity University” and the dynamics of mosh pits. He even pens the biweekly College Bubble series, where he compiles articles on larger university issues like sexual assault and affirmative action.
And he even has time to act in plays. In 2012 he was in Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights where he bleached his hair and did this:
Then this past spring he was in Cock and made out with my housemate:
But, most importantly, Elijah takes great photos. Like this series called "Museum Studies":
And he does even cooler things within the Government and Latin American Studies departments. He wrote about the US Defense Secretary in Mexico and Guatemala for the Security Assistance Monitor and turned a semester abroad in Bolivia in to a documentary on local food politics. He also has a Facebook album from Guatemala called GUATS UP.
Here are some of his photos tracing Latin American food sovereignty from Bolivia, Guatemala and Colombia:
And some of his black and white series:
When it comes to Method, Elijah's photos are everywhere. Like these photos he took at Eclectic for Christian Nunez’s article “Event Staff: We’re Not Your Enemy”:
Or these he took at Buddhist House for Nick Martino's article "Disentangling the Ratking: A Weekend with All Caps LADD"