National Geographic photographer Sam Abell (left) visits with Matthew Idler of Cheyenne at Northwest College Friday. Idler is a 2002 graduate of the NWC photography program. Behind them are NWC photographer Dave Vaughn (left) and photography student Daniel Cirbo. Tribune photo by Ilene Olson
National Geographic photographer Sam Abell describes his career and his life during NWC visit
When he was 10 years old, Sam Abell watched as his father took photographs as the Ringling Brothers Circus arrived on a train in Toledo, Ohio.
His father documented the process through pictures as circus crews unloaded all the animals and paraphernalia. Then Sam watched, spellbound, as handlers guided powerful elephants to set up the big top circus tent.