Tom Gilliam Photography
Tom Gilliam was born in Dayton, grew up in the neighboring suburb of Beavercreek and has been living in the City of Dayton since 2003. He graduated from Beavercreek High School and Greene County Career Center in 1996 with a Computer Information Systems career passport. Gilliam has been an IT professional for 22 years.
In late 2011, he created a personal Instagram account and developed a love of photography as a result. Gilliam created the @daytongram Instagram account in July of 2013 to showcase the Dayton area and influence people to be excited about the city through his photos. He has been doing professional photography work for 4 years.
In 2016, Gilliam started doing freelance work for Dayton.com, part of Cox Media Group (parent company of the Dayton Daily News) and created a series in which he photographs/writes about the past, present and future of historic buildings in the Dayton area, Dayton.com’s The Buildings of Dayton. Gilliam has drawn inspiration from many photographers including Dave Schmidt (founder of @cincygram on Instagram) who influenced him to create @daytongram, William Preston Mayfield, Marvin Christian, Andy Snow, Bill Woody and Robert Tobin.
Working with the Dayton Visual Arts Center, auto dealer Jim Evans commissioned Tom in the Summer of 2017 to create a series of iconic Dayton-centric images for his new showroom, Infiniti of Dayton. After the images were selected, Tom collaborated with the graphic design team at Catapult Creative to digitally abstract creating the final works of art throughout the showroom.