On Sunday, Nov. 3, the McNicholas Photo Club took a field trip to the Contemporary Arts Center. Seniors Margaret Beck and Patrick Hayslip as well as juniors Kristie Ernst, Michelle Hollenkamp, Ploy Kachakorn, Reagan Powers, and sophomore Jarrod Roetenberger attended the trip with Photography teacher and Photo Club Moderator Ellyn Whiteash.
The trip to the center subjected students to an exhibit, which portrayed a style of photography known as Portraiture and was designed by the artist Jr.
“The students who attended range from Photo 1 to AP students who have studied portraiture,” Whiteash said. “They will have a tie to what they are seeing.”
Jr is an award-winning contemporary artist who is well known in the world of art for his unique style of capturing community members on a variety of city surfaces. According to the website Ted.com, Jr’s portrayal of community members often involves “capturing the faces with a 28mm wide-angle lens, resulting in portraits that are unguarded, funny, soulful, and real which capture the spirits of individuals who normally go unseen.”
“I think it’s important for students to see contemporary art,” Whiteash said.
Junior Kristie Ernst expressed positive feedback from the trip. “Everywhere [Jr] had pictures of random people making goofy faces in weird angles,” Ernst said. “I thought it was really cool.”
More information can be found on the Jr exhibit on the Contemporary Art Center website.
The McNicholas Photo Club meets on the first Monday of the month either before or after school in room 26.