Southern California transplant plans career as a photojournalist after college

Callum Wilson had unusual morning and bedtime routines in his freshman year of high school.

He started and ended his day by watching different dispatches from a Vice documentary called Russian Roulette, which chronicled the Russian invasion of Crimea in 2014.

“It’s always the Vice documentaries,” he laughed.

He credits the documentary as one of the experiences that spurred his passion for photojournalism, a hobby he hopes to one day turn into a career.

Wilson, who just graduated from Patrick Henry High School and is heading to San Diego State University, shares his work on his two photography accounts on Instagram.

On his general photography account, the 18-year-old shares snaps ranging from red pandas at the San Diego Zoo to misty landscapes in Big Sur.

“I bring my camera everywhere,” he said.

His other account is all about aviation photography, which is why the Kansas native bought a camera in the first place.

“I wanted to be a pilot until sophomore year,” said Wilson, who has since ended that dream. “I’ve always been interested in taking pictures of planes and airplanes.”

Beyond photography, Wilson also worked as a writer for his high school newspaper, The Patriot Press.

In his senior year, he covered topics including Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban and the Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion on Roe v. Wade.

“It helped me realize (the reversal) is more important than you think,” he said.

Wilson also enjoys covering sports, which have been a big part of her life since elementary school.

He has covered the wins and losses of his favorite football team, the Kansas City Chiefs, for The Patriot Press and hopes to join the Daily Aztec photo team in the fall.

He admits he’s ‘probably too passionate’ when it comes to supporting the teams he loves.

“When the Chiefs lost the Super Bowl, I didn’t speak for about 40 minutes,” Wilson said.

Whether it’s writing or photography, sports or politics, Wilson always tries to keep a global perspective.

“I want to impact people’s lives,” he said. “But also, I want to show America that the world is a very big place.”

Jacqueline Jacobo is a member of the UT Community Journalism Scholars Program for high school students.

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