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GCC Photography Students Exhibit Environmental Portraits

April 14, 2014

Environmental Portraits of Western New York
Environmental Portraits of Western New York
Environmental Portraits of Western New York

Batavia, NY- Genesee Community College photography students will once again exhibit their work at the Genesee County Park and Forest Interpretive Center in East Bethany. Following last year’s successful display, “Around the Bend: The Shared Landscape,” students this year will share “Environmental Portraits of Western New York.” The show opens with a reception on Friday, May 9, 2014 from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Genesee County Park and Forest Interpretive Center, 11095 Bethany Center Rd., East Bethany, NY 14054. Refreshments will be provided.

Photography instructor Joe Ziolkowski introduced his students this semester in both COM 105 (Intermediate Photography) and COM 118 (Introduction to Digital Photography) to portrait photography. The students, from both the main campus in Batavia and GCC’s Albion Campus Center, were assigned to photograph a subject in an environment that helped illuminate that subject’s life and surroundings.

The portraits reveal characters in a variety of settings. There’s a farmer with cattle in a barn who appears to be doing early morning chores; a mother surrounded by the detritus of a busy day with small children; an artist pencil drawing a portrait of her own. “Creating a portrait of a subject in its natural surroundings adds elements to their character, and therefore portrays the essence of their personality, rather than merely a likeness of their physical features,” said Ziolkowski.


Students in COM 118, Introduction to Digital Photography, learn how to use the manual functions on a digital camera to control light and color. They also learn software workflow to enhance their digital files. With a digital camera, results can be seen instantly on the liquid crystal display (LCD). “As they progress through various assignments during the course, they continue to improve on composing images in camera and reading the light available to make effective photographs,” said Ziolkowski.

The COM 105, Intermediate Photography course helps students refine their photographic skills by exploring more advanced technical techniques while on location and adding studio lighting, advanced printing and camera techniques and portfolio development. Students in COM 105 have already taken COM 118 and COM 103, Introduction to Black and White Photography. “This class combines elements of both of those classes to offer a unique experience in both analog and digital photography,” said Ziolkowski. In photography classes students learn about photographic elements, including composition, foreground/background relationship, color schemes, values, shades and contrast. They also refine the use of “Qualities of Light” such as silhouette, rim, accent, radiant, dramatic shadow, and Chiaroscuro. In addition, they exercise time management and workflow skills. For more information about photography coursework at GCC, contact Joe Ziolkowski at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6558 or jlziolkowski@genesee.edu.

“Environmental Portraits of Western New York” will be on view through Saturday, August 30, 2014. The community is invited to the opening reception on Friday, May 9, 2014 from 5 -8 p.m. at the Interpretive Center at Genesee County Park and Forest. The Center is open from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and noon to 4 on Sundays. For more information about the center, contact Conservation Education Program Coordinator Judy Spring at (585) 344-1122 or jspring.geneseeconsed@yahoo.com.


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Editor’s Note:

Photographs of some of the works to be exhibited in “Environmental Portraits of Western New York” are available here:

http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/Boring-Alison.jpg

http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/Riley-Carrie.jpg

http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/Brade-Chad.jpg