Featuring work by students from 17 High Schools
March 23 – April 17, 2011
The early spring exhibition at the Image City Photography Gallery will greet you with bright variety of portraits, still life, abstracts, and other motifs. It’s an exciting collection of works by students from the Greater Rochester Area’s 17 high schools! All work was very creative and fun to study. I was told by one of the Image City’s partners that it was difficult selecting the pieces, because there were so many great entries.
The prints are cleverly arranged around the gallery under large signs indicating the student’s high school. The works of professional photographers – a separate but well integrated into the students show exhibition – are displayed on floor supports in the middle of the gallery. While the students’ images were taken using digital equipment and most likely printed using inkjet printers, professionals utilized a range of media and equipment to capture and develop their photographs.
The student work I admired the most was Vendetta by Astrid Megens-Sedor from the Allendale Columbia School. It’s a portrait of a teenage girl sitting on the edge of a sofa, tensely holding game controls, and peering at the TV screen of the video game. The gamer surrounded by high-tech objects, which support composition beautifully by throwing cool light on the sitter and the space around her, is saturated with an intensity of realizing her personal vendetta. Moving away from her face, the viewer discovers that she is wearing oversized high heels, which appear so childish and charming on a serious gamer – a reminder that she is still a little girl who sneaks her mother’s clothes now and then.
The photograph is engulfed in many emotional elements and technical tricks which may compel you to study it longer than other prints. Let me know if that was the case.