Student art spotlight: Sebastian Tulin


Photo courtesy of Sebastian Tulin

Tulin submitted this picture, featuring WCHS junior Siju Onadipe, to the contest and it is one of his most well-known pieces.

By Nate Levine, Social Media Manager

WCHS junior Sebastian Tulin has been making waves in the art community with his exceptional and talented photography skills, garnering recognition and earning multiple prestigious awards. Most recently, he won first place in the national PTSA Reflections Contest and placed second in the highly competitive Women’s Club Photography competition. In addition, Tulin’s artistic achievements reached new heights when he was recently honored with the illustrious Ida Haimovicz Visual Arts Grant, a remarkable feat for a young artist.

“This award is definitely a big step forward in my career,” Tulin said. “It’s not just about adding it to my resume, but also about the experience of holding a solo exhibition and meeting new, creative people.”

The solo exhibition took place at the esteemed Betty Mae Kramer Gallery on May 17 and stands as a momentous milestone in Tulin’s artistic journey. It presents him with a unique opportunity to showcase his evolving portfolio and connect with other like-minded individuals who share a passion for artistic expression.

“In the past month, I have accepted more awards than ever before,” Tulin said. “I am extremely grateful and hopeful for what the future may hold.”

His passion for photography extends far beyond the technical aspects of the craft. For Tulin, photography is an avenue that allows him to transcend boundaries and forge connections in the world around him. 

“I love photography, not only because of where it takes me, but who it takes me with,” Tulin said. “Many of my favorite memories in the last few years have been with people I met through photography, and I could not be more grateful.”

The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic presented individuals worldwide with an abundance of spare time and the opportunity to explore new hobbies and interests. For Tulin, the pandemic catalyzed his venture into the captivating world of photography. Initially, he picked up a camera to occupy his time, but it quickly evolved into an undeniable passion.

“It has become a way for me to express myself and connect with others in the community,” Tulin said. 

Through the lens of his camera, Tulin explores  a means of self-expression that resonates deeply within him. The art form allows him to capture fleeting moments, immortalizing them in frames that tell enticing stories and evoke powerful emotions.

“The best thing I can do with a photo is to add wonder to people’s minds,” said Tulin. “My goal is to add layers to pictures which lead the viewer wanting to know more about the work.”

Tulin’s passion for photography is evident in the attention to detail he exhibits in his work. Every photograph tells a unique story, capturing the essence of a specific moment in time. His success in these competitions is a testament to his unwavering commitment to honing his craft and indisputable talent for top-level photography.

“The artistic scene is wide open for anyone who wants a path to expertise in their passion; you just gotta work hard for it,” said Tulin.