A high school student from Manteno is already on the path to a career in digital media design, even though he is color blind.
Brandon Anderson, 17, edits photos and videos and contributes to a podcast for Sox on 35th, a fan page dedicated to all things Chicago White Sox.
âMy ultimate goal is to work for the White Sox,â said Anderson.
And from where Anderson is right now, that goal may soon come to life.
About six years ago, Anderson saw a picture of Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago and thought, “I kinda want to do this.”
He started doing photo retouching on White Sox players, such as changing filters, colors and adding text or other graphics to photographs, using a basic Adobe Photoshop application on his iPhone.
Soon after, he received an iMac computer with access to Apple’s video editing program, iMovie, as well as Adobe’s full suite of programs including Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, and After Effects.
And his knowledge and talent grew from there, much of it just by teaching himself by doing and watching instructional videos on YouTube. He spent hours in his bedroom learning how to edit photos and videos.
For a long time, Anderson’s parents, Mark and Terri, simply thought that Brandon was breaking up with the family for no apparent reason.
“Come downstairs and stay out of your room,” Mark always said to his son.
Then Anderson showed his parents what he worked on in his bedroom every day, and they said, âWhoa! Stay in your room.
This year he began to delve into original photography. At Manteno High School, he photographed every home football and soccer game the Panthers played.
âI was pretty much known as the team photographer,â Anderson said.
MHS student-athletes and their parents praised Anderson’s photographic skills. A relative the Andersons hadn’t spoken to in years texted Terri, asking for a copy of a photo Brandon had taken, indicating how talented he was.
He also helped make the âGreeting from Mantenoâ mural on West First Street, designing the font used for the lettering. He worked for the school yearbook and created logos for Blink, a musical duo made up of two MHS students.
âManteno should be proud of what they got out of their school,â Terri said.
Anderson’s work is also admired outside of Manteno.
The family attended the SoxFest, an annual Chicago fan convention held in January, and spotted a few Sox fans holding “A New Hope,” a poster designed by Anderson to commemorate the start of the Sox season, inspired by the Sox. “Star Wars” movie. .
Although his work is already being noticed on social media by players and sports fans, Anderson admits he still has a lot to learn. He will be studying graphic design at Columbia College Chicago in August.
In the meantime, he spent two days observing the White Sox publications and design department. There, he interacted with the White Sox media team and also met a few players, including shortstop Tim Anderson, who offered Anderson a signed bat.
âHe really made a name for himself,â Terri said. âHe’s got a good head start on the pitch, I think.
âAnd it all comes down to the saying,â Mark agreed, â’If you love what you do, for the rest of your life you don’t work.’
“We think he’s going to get famous.”
âMaybe he’ll work for ESPN someday,â Terri agreed. “We never know.”