Photo I students' photography will be featured at Williams Visual Arts Building Thanksgiving week
The pushpins on the bulletin board hold nothing. The work sink is dry as well as the photo reels and containers. The old copies of Aperture gather dust in their vertical files.
The once active photography space is eerie in its quiet as the term draws to a close.
Alone at a laptop is instructor Jamie Cabreza, who speaks to a student across the Zoom void. She is walking each one through the process of making a print: how to adjust settings to pull out details among the shadows and help each student’s work stand out in premium luster.
As Cabreza helps them print, she discusses their final project where each one selected a photographer to emulate in approach and style.
Some selected local legend Larry Fink, while others went more classical with Henri Cartier Bresson or contemporary with Tina Barney.
Typically, members of the Photo I class would be offered a chance to display work at the end of the term during their final critiques. Despite the distance between classmates, which ranges from College Hill to New York City to California, they too will get their show.
Cabreza is printing two pieces per student and then hanging the works in the windows of Williams Visual Arts Building over Thanksgiving week. Passersby will be able to see the braids in a woman’s hair, red drag of taillights across a highway, and the slow exhale of smoke in a moody black and white.