Fantastic Photos Earn Albany Display

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Remarkable photographs by two high school students – junior Samantha Carroll and sophomore Sophia Gerace – were selected for display at the New York State Art Teachers Association’s 26th annual Legislative Student Art Exhibition. The work will be displayed in the Legislative Well in Albany’s Capitol Building from Feb. 29 through March 3.

Carroll’s piece, “Life Between the Lines,” was inspired by a project on early 1900s photographer August Sanders.

“Using his style of photography, the skills and techniques taught in our photography class, and my own ideas and creativity, I was able to create the content in the image,” said Carroll.

For her photograph “Radiance,” Gerace found inspiration in a light in her home.

“I took this photo for an assignment on shadows and reflections in darkroom photography,” she explained. “My parents’ beautiful light in their bedroom was the inspiration for the project; it reflects pretty patterns onto the ceiling and walls whenever it is turned on. While taking this photo, I had to angle a film camera upwards and focus on the light while it was on. After I took the photo, I developed the film and then enlarged and developed the photo in the darkroom, which is one of my favorite processes.”

Co-sponsored by the New York State Alliance for the Arts in Education and organized by NYSATA in collaboration with New York State United Teachers and state legislators, the exhibit showcases the state’s art programs and provides student-artists with an opportunity for statewide recognition. It is held each spring, culminating in a March 3 reception for students, parents and teachers, where legislators from across New York celebrate the artistic accomplishments of their aspiring artist constituents.

“Samantha and Sophia have demonstrated exceptional skill at darkroom photography,” said their teacher, Heather Toomey. “Their hard work has paid off, and I am proud of their accomplishments.”