Hannah Lorenzo ’24
Sabrina Codrington ’25 demonstrates her passion for photography among the arts community at Trinity College. As a studio art and English major and art history minor, Codrington hones her photography skills through her personal experiences, professional goals, and Trinity’s educational and student-led opportunities.
Codrington’s investment in photography began with her mother’s large collection of family photo albums. Codrington mentioned that at a young age, she enjoyed sifting through these albums and paying close attention to older photographs of her family’s history. With the support of her family, her early interests grew into a dedication for photography.
“My family started to notice, and they got me this cheap, pink, little digital camera, and I would take pictures,” Codrington said. “As I got older, my siblings all pitched in and got me my first DSLR [Digital Single-Lens Reflex] camera, which I still use today. Ever since, I’ve been getting better and taking classes.”
Coming in as a transfer student after her freshman year, Codrington had a significant foray into professional photography at her previous school, setting the stage for her journey at Trinity. She reflected on the memorable experience of being one of the photographers for a D-1 college basketball team. Along with the opportunity to connect with expert photographers, Codrington learned about the versatility behind the art of photography. She said, “It showed me that doing photography is not just doing a wedding or someone’s event. It could be explored in all these different ways.”
At Trinity, Codrington found a space to study photography and connect with the diverse communities on campus. She expressed her excitement of being offered the chance to be a photographer for last year’s TrinGala that celebrates Trinity’s community of artists. This year, she took photographs for student-led organizations, which she said was “a really good way to get to know a lot of people on campus.” These new experiences helped shape her perspective of how Trinity supports artists like her.
As a photographer, Codrington has her own techniques on how to improve her skills. When she is not taking photographs at planned events, she still has a camera around when spending time with her family and friends.
“Whenever I’m home, my family are my test dummies, so I’ve done a lot of their profile pictures,” Codrington said. “Whenever I’m with my friends, I take a bunch of candids. It’s really about picking the best of what you have.” Codrington maintains this mindset of freeing herself from restrictive guidelines when it comes to her photography.
While she continues advancing her photography skills, she considers what her future career may look like, such as delving into event or museum photography. Wherever it takes her, Codrington’s passion for photography remains an ongoing process of self-reflection.
“You can learn so much about how people see the world through the pictures they take, and it’s always so interesting to see different people’s perspectives through their pictures,” Codrington said. “I think that I’m starting to develop my own unique voice in that way, and I think it would be really fun to explore that.”