NASA People

Center Snapshot: George Homich
01.26.09
George Homich. Image above: George Homich is a history buff who says that "you can make a document history with a camera." Credit: NASA/Sean Smith

By: Denise Lineberry

George Homich realized he was a history buff in high school when, as an otherwise average student, he shocked his class with his grade-A knowledge. After taking his general courses in college, Homich declared history as his major as a sophomore at Old Dominion University.

Homich was in his final semester when he took a photography elective that changed everything. He is the newest photographer in the NASA Langley photography lab.

History and photography go hand in hand for Homich. “My theory is that you can read about history, or you can make and document history with a camera,” he said.

Homich has done a lot of photo illustrations and advertising photography. He was a photography assistant for 10 years and freelance photographer for seven years.

“I hated being a photography assistant at the time, but I don’t know how I would have learned everything I needed to know,” Homich said. “In art school you make a pretty picture, but assisting, you make money, gain experience and you get a pretty picture.”

As he reflects on past jobs, he looks forward to his future with NASA Langley. Homich is fascinated by the work that is done here and the possibilities for his photography.

It’s a different scenario from when he was hired by the ROTC to travel for three years to every prestigious college in the country. His favorite campus was Harvard. The prettiest campus, according to Homich, was Princeton.

The photographer in him added, “But the prettiest girls were at Louisiana State University.”

Music is also a big part of his life. Homich has played guitar for many years and even dared himself to start a band. They were a punk rock garage band that played “obscure cover songs.” His musical interest also follows this genre.

And his e-mail alias is that of the “fifth Beatle,” Stuart Sutcliffe. Sutcliffe was the original bassist of The Beatles for two years. Sutcliffe also appreciated art and earned praise for his painting ability, as well as his musical ability.

But Homich had a simpler reasoning for the alias. “The rest of the guys didn’t like him because he was the best looking,” he said.

Homich appreciates the stability of being at NASA Langley, but he is no stranger to traveling. His father was in the Air Force. “We moved every four or five years,” he said. His father’s first duty station was at Langley Air Force Base.

Homich eagerly awaits his next photography task at NASA Langley. “It’s like being on-call,” he said.

And he prefers it that way.