Say the name Patrick Cox around the Upstate, and images of beautiful photography come to mind. Whether he’s photographing breathtaking landscapes, capturing the unscripted moments between a bride and groom on their special day, or helping adoptive parents see the softer side of hard-to-place youths, his art evokes a range of emotions and holds your gaze.
Caroline Caldwell has come to know Patrick well. “When this gentleman was nominated, some may have thought it was because he takes great pictures—actually he takes fabulous pictures—but it is not how he takes pictures that intrigued us. We chose this speaker because of the stories behind his pictures. He is masterful at teaching us that you can’t believe everything you think you see.”
Audience members should expect to be surprised, troubled, and ultimately encouraged, says TEDxGreenville Curator Lisa Marie Corley. “Patrick weaves compelling stories and visuals to reveal truths that are relevant to us not only as Upstate residents but also as members of the human race,” she shares. “This is a forceful, necessary message. I’m proud to have helped bring him to the stage.”
Please enjoy this somewhat odd interview with Patrick.
Patrick, what’s the big idea in your talk?
“Would you like coffee in a sock, or do you prefer to drink kool-aid?”
Hmm, I’m…not…sure. So, how did you hear about TEDxGreenville initially?
Yes they do. When you found out you were nominated, what intrigued you to pursue this opportunity?
“Ugh. Things always seem to happen to me for a reason, and I am willing to help. So go with the flow and see what happens, ya know?”
What thoughts ran through your head the moment you found out you’d been chosen?
“I thought, “dang” and then shouted “wow” and that was about it.”
Interesting. Tell us why is your idea important?
“Because all people matter, damn it!”
What broad concepts might you inspire them to ponder?
“To see everyone as fellow human beings with worth and potential. I’m hoping more people will care enough to be part of a solution that works.”
Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?
“I don’t know. Just put I am a floor sweeper. I’m not really into the accolades stuff.”
Patrick’s topic will be revealed at the April 10th annual conference.