A snapshot of Robert Wormley



Robert Wormley, senior, steps toward his Web Programming class in Ernie Pyle hall July 12, 2016.

Robert Wormley, senior, steps toward his Web Programming class in Ernie Pyle hall July 12, 2016.

He prints photographs of rivers, teachers and beams of light on glossy, vibrantly-colored paper. He mountain bikes the terrains of dense forests. He blares the horn of his trumpet in the marching band. Robert Wormley is also openly gay.

Having moved 13 times, Wormley, senior at Floyd Central High School, said he grew up as a self-monikered redneck opposed to LGBTQ rights.

“I feel like it was a struggle finding who I was ” Wormley said. “It’s hard to talk about [coming out] because I still remember it, but I try really hard to not think about it.”

He said his tipping point between hatred and acceptance was when he surrounded himself with diverse, accepting people by joining the trumpet section of the band.

“I realized I didn’t really like my old self,” Wormley said.

Encouraged by his mother, Wormley said his love for photography blossomed at a young age; however, he said his Photojournalism I class led to his future adoration for both journalism and photography.

He said photography led to his further comfort with his own personality.

“I don’t like large crowds, but I’ve gotten kind of better with that because, if I have a camera and a propose of being there, I feel fine shooting something like a pep rally or prom,” Wormley said.

He said he doesn’t like to think of his life before band, photography and his openness to his own self.

“I can’t look back all the time,” Wormley said. “Like I said, I’ve moved 13 times. I’ve lived in both ends of the spectrum, from living in the ghetto in New Albany to a really nice place in Floyds Knobs.