Pictured L to R: Olivia Ferro, Zoe Shamis, and Megan Marchant.  (Missing from photo:  Andy Tuttle.)

SBHS Photographers Honored

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Thursday December 15, 2011

The work of four South Burlington High School students was selected to be part of a juried exhibit held recently at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction.  The exhibit’s theme, “Way of Seeing,” was a nod to John Berger’s essay on art criticism in which the author wrote, “Every image embodies a way of seeing…The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.”

The photographs taken by Olivia Ferro (SBHS Class of 2013), Megan Marchant (SBHS Class of 2012), Zoe Shamis (SBHS Class of 2015), and Andy Tuttle (SBHS Class of 2015) invite audiences to consider new ways of looking at subjects that may be familiar.

“Before I take a photo with my camera,” explained Ms. Ferro of her process, “I actually don’t think about what I want the photo to look like.  It’s more when I go to see it through my camera lens that I see things I didn’t see before.”

“You really see so much more when you’re behind the camera,” continued Ms. Shamis.  “When I get behind the camera, I realize how much I missed before.  You can really see the beauty in everything.”

Grateful and humble may best describe the SBHS photographers’ response to having their work selected for this exhibit.  “Because I am so new at photography, this was really encouraging to me,” noted Ms. Marchant, while Ms. Ferro added, “Photography didn’t become a past-time of mine until freshman year when I took a photography class with SBHS teacher Mr. Galiga.  This was the first competition that I’ve actually entered.”

“My mom always did a lot of photography,” continued Ms. Shamis, “and that rubbed off on me.  As a freshman, I feel that being selected for this exhibit makes me really want to continue photography.”

In closing, Ms. Marchant considered the impact and importance of photography in a fast-paced world:  “When you’re taking pictures it makes you pause.  Every second that passes is the past, and you can’t get that time back.  Taking pictures is a way to get back what otherwise would be completely lost to you.”

To see the photographs of these SBHS photographers and other high school photographers, please visit http://www.vermontphotospace.com/ex21.

SOURCE: Susie Merrick, Contributor