A new take on photography

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Nina Williams

Nwilliams11@Radford.Edu

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I visited the Student Photography Show in Porterfield last week and despite having seen quite a few of these art shows, it never ceases to amaze me how talented the students are at this school.

Some people may not think that photography is that hard, but these are not people posting their selfies on Instagram. When I walked around the gallery, I saw immense talent in every photograph that I saw.

The first photograph I saw was by Kyra Keene and it was really interesting to see. It was an untitled piece and featured a rundown wooden building that has probably not been occupied for several years.

To me it was a sad picture, very solemn and lonely, especially since Keene used silver gelatin for her photo, making it black and white.

The next piece that I walked over to was “City’s Abuse” by Greg Thomas, also in silver gel. This one seemed to follow along with the sad mood, fitting the title.

It is a man’s face, but if you look closer you can see an old city building with barred windows. I interpreted that it was showing that the city can break people down after a few years, wearing on your mind.

The next photograph in line was by Jessica Avarado called “Day Dreaming,” which I really enjoyed. This one broke the cycle of sadness and is actually very serene.

It is of a young woman standing in a field with a blue sky above. It creates a sense of calmness as she stares absentmindedly to a point beyond the frame.

Next I went to see “Tracks” by Megan Frazier, which goes back to the use of silver gel. It features a girl sitting by train tracks and gave me a feeling of being lost.

Perhaps she was sitting on the tracks after running away and is deciding what to do with her life, something a lot of college students can probably relate to.

Continuing through the gallery I saw “Abandoned Coca Cola” by Julia Ziegengeist, also in silver gel. It seemed to also bring about a sense of sadness because it just looked so lonely, no longer needed or used, beside maybe some family of wild animals.

Another photograph in the gallery was an untitled piece by Amanda Troidle and it actually won best in show. It’s unfocused but one can see a girl sitting in a doorway with her legs against the door frame.

It is another one of those pieces that just gives me that lost/lonely feeling. It seemed that the girl may be trying to sort through things and I felt it was very relatable.

It’s that sort of unknown that most adolescents go through as they grow up, trying to figure out who they are and what they are going to do with themselves.

Now one of my favorites out of the gallery was a piece called “Teddy Bear Selfie” by Jasmine Beane.

It is exactly what it sounds like, a selfie of a teddy bear. It is absolutely adorable and immediately caught my eye when I walked into the gallery and is something I think most people will enjoy.

Another really interesting piece was a photograph by the name of “Light of the Dead,” shot by Emily Blunt.

What truly caught my attention was the glowing paint that the subject of the photograph was painted in. She was painted in a style similar to what you may see during the Day of the Dead Festival.

It was just so different than anything else in the gallery and I really loved it. Another piece featured was by Caria Garcia and was titled “Cascade’s Frozen Waterfall.”

It’s exactly what it sounds like, but it’s very beautiful. The water is frozen and looks as if there was a frozen cloud at the bottom of the river.

There are several more pieces in the gallery and each and every one of them is beautiful. I recommend that you, dear reader, go and visit them yourself in order to get your own opinion and ideas about it, because that is the whole point of art.

So please go and see the work of our immensly talented students in Porterfield in Gallery 205.