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On the Bright Side

October 15, 2012

New Zealand show to feature Hartwick art

The play of light on everyday scenes can be a creative tool, photographer Nevin Price-Meader, a Hartwick College art major, said Sunday.

His photograph titled “Light” is among student artworks accepted in a juried show that opens this week in New Zealand.

The exhibition will feature photographs created and printed in alternative formats, Katharine Kreisher, professor of art at the Oneonta college, said. About 25 to 30 pieces created by 10 students in her advanced photography class have been accepted into the exhibition, she said.

The show, “Alternatives Relocated” in Whanganui, New Zealand, opens Tuesday and runs through Oct. 25, a media release from Hartwick College said. The 10 Hartwick upperclass students exhibiting works are Valerie Herz, Evan Jones, Shahzad Khan, Michelle O’Dell, Caitlin Rejman, Michaela Shipman, Emilie Solandt, Paula Short, Taylor Fusco-Ruiz and Price-Meader.

This year, the annual international exhibit called for pictures produced with unique cameras and processes, including pinhole photographs and images made with “toy” plastic cameras such as “Dianas” and “Holgas,” the release said. The renderings could be giant mural prints with hand-painted elements, photo-collages or the result of “antique” processes such as cyanotypes and Van Dyke brown prints.

Kreisher said the alternative processes expand the photographic medium and enables students to manipulate and experiment with images during photographic or printing work. The results offer a variety of emotional tones or appearances different from photographs taken, for instance, as family snapshots or portraits, she said.

Price-Meader said he tends to manipulate images within a camera, and in the case of “Light,” he shot two pictures on top of each other with black-and-white film. Alternative techniques can aid in creating a photograph with an aura of mystery and an artwork that invites the viewer to think about more than the image presented, he said.

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