Student Photography at the Warren G.

Photo Credit: Amy Lee Corkum

Two vernissages in two weeks for third year Photography students

By Brian Lapuz

Once again, another exhibit, promoting the works of Dawson’s creatively inclined, opened its doors to the public.

On Tuesday, the first batch of 13 students had the chance to display their semester portfolios for the first time, ‘til Dec 3. They are all in their fifth semester in the Professional Photography Program.

The second group of students have yet to reveal theirs during the planned vernissage on Dec. 7. That exhibit will be running until Dec. 10.

Its time will have to wait, but the well-attended evening had some fine photographs available for the visitors’ consumption.

Two students worked the theme of food. Shaney Marie Herrman had spent a weekend with father who helped her prepare for her portfolio. Kathryn Milligan worked on the same subject, but had a different angle. “I originally started off with food photos, but I then moved into food as still life,” she said. “I also tend to go for brighter shots.”

Amy Lee Corkum’s portfolio was more inclined towards fashion. Don’t look for brightness in her works, or a wide array of colours for that matter. Her works are dark, but not in the sense that they will scare you away. The photographs touch on death, fashion and eroticism.

“The photos are associated to death as it’s still alive,” Corkum said, commenting on the lingering effect that the dead elements had in some of her works.
“La petite mort,” is the title of one of them, named after the coin phrase in French for an orgasm. A woman is seen sort of crawling over a skeleton while smoking a cigarette.

“That’s the stereotype in films,” said Corkum. “People smoke cigarettes after sex.”

Many of the photographs in her portfolio feature women revealing themselves to some extent.

“I like to work with friends or people I’m comfortable with,” she said. “That way they are more comfortable with me and the photos appear more natural.”
On the same tone, Marc Antoine Dubois’ composite works are all set at night and gave a feeling of crime, as a detective appeared to be searching for something.
“I find composite work easier for the models and for the transport of equipment,” Dubois said.
The downfall to his portfolio is the clothing worn by the model that his hanged by the neck. He appears to be underdressed in comparison to the other models in Dubois’ portfolio.
Photographs of rural landscapes and indoor wedding scenes were also to be found in the exhibit.
Stephanie-Laura Teresiuk had some interesting close-up shots of everyday objects. “They are photographs of things you don’t notice everyday,” she said.

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