My name is... Dominic Iacopino

Wheat Ridge student at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

Joseph Rios
jrios@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/2/20

When I graduated high school in New Hampshire, going to the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland seemed like a good opportunity. It was too good of a chance to pass up, and I just decided to give it a try. …

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My name is... Dominic Iacopino

Wheat Ridge student at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

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When I graduated high school in New Hampshire, going to the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland seemed like a good opportunity. It was too good of a chance to pass up, and I just decided to give it a try.

I spent around nine years flying helicopters for the Marines and making things go “boom.”

I was deployed to Japan and Germany, and I learned that there is nothing you can do by yourself. Working in ways to collect good ideas for the better of the team in my experience was a better course of action.

Life changing hike

I grew up as more of a science guy and earned my Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry at the U.S. Naval Academy. I’m the best at science trivia, but I never experienced my artistic side.

In 2019, I hiked the Appalachian Trail, which runs around 2,200 miles between Georgia and Maine. I knew I wanted to document the adventure — but I’m not much of a writer.

I got a camera to document the trip, and I enjoyed having it. It introduced me to photography and led me to where I am now.

Changing states right before the pandemic

After that trip, I wanted to try to get better at photography, and I figured that enrolling at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in Lakewood would help.

I moved out to Wheat Ridge at the beginning of the year to attend the college to major in photography. But when COVID-19 forced us to learn remotely, I no longer had access to the college’s darkroom — a resource that allowed us to process photographic film and make prints.

We had just started the darkroom course for photography, but we only printed one picture in two weeks. I was really bummed when I couldn’t use it anymore, so I decided to build my own darkroom in my backyard shed.

It wasn’t hard to construct, and I was able to get some materials on Craigslist for pretty cheap.

I have around two more years left until I graduate.

Waiting to explore Colorado

I’d say one of the toughest things about going through the pandemic has been being so new to an area. I was looking forward to going to explore, but the pandemic ended all the fun stuff.

I look forward to going to do outdoor activities like rock climbing, and the good thing is, those mountains aren’t going anywhere.

If you have a suggestion for someone to interview for My Name Is... contact Joseph Rios at jrios@coloradocommunitymedia.com

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