Monday, February 19, 2018

Lambton Arts Collective


 
By:  Lisa Cattran

The Lambton College second year students have been very busy lately (perhaps that should read a little busier than usual?). The Lambton Arts Collective opened on Friday, February 2nd, at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts in Sarnia, Ontario.  The Lambton Arts Collective is an exhibit which runs until February 22nd and features work from the College’s Arts programs:  photography, pottery/ceramics, drawing and spoken word.

Studio Manager Emily Nutson and Instructor David Chidley
hang a photograph at the Lawrence House Centre for the
Arts in Sarnia, Ontario on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018.
(Lisa Cattran)
As a requirement of their Digital Darkroom II class, the second year students submitted two photographs to hang in the exhibit with the subject matter left completely up to their descretion.  That may sound simple enough, but there was much more work that went into the final two photographs than one might at first assume.  To begin with, the students had to make their photographs. It is not a matter of just pointing a camera and shooting.  Students use the knowledge that they have learned through their time in the program to find the perfect light and create the most appealing composition. The next step is importing the photograph into their computers and utilizing editing programs to enhance the photo to make it look the best that it can.  Once the students are happy with their final product, it is time to print.  Printing is quite a process unto itself.  Again, it is not simple: you do not just press a button like you would for a word document.  Printing a photograph involves developing several test prints and going back and re-editing your photo a number of times so that you have the right colour, density and contrast.  It is not a quick process by any means.  The photographs then need to be made ready for hanging at the exhibition: matting and framing.  The students were also responsible for this final step.  Participating in the Lambton Arts Collective is a great learning experience that helps to prepare the students for their final solo gallery which will be exhibited in early April.

Richard Beland....
...Dave Chidley work together!
A couple of students along with Studio Manager Emily Nutson and faculty members Richard Beland and Dave Chidley went a few days beforehand to hang all of the photographs.  Much thought went into the correct placement of the various photographs, along with the perfect space between these photos.

Opening night was especially exciting for three of the students.  Tanis Wright won First Place in the President’s Award for Photography for her photo “And the Lord Said.” Richard Morretin won an honourable mention for his photo “Reflections - New York City Construction.”  Shawna Lavoie also won an honourable mention for her photo “Essence of Milk.”  It was a busy and intense process for all and well worth the effort even for those who did not walk away with a prize.

Guests enjoy the photographs at the Lambton Arts Collective at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts in Sarnia, Ontario on Friday, February 2nd, 2018. (Lisa Cattran)
Instructor David Chidley chats with Ryan Gibbs,  at the Lambton Arts Collective at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts in Sarnia, Ontario on Friday, February 2nd, 2018. (Lisa Cattran)
Students and their families gather to enjoy the photos at the Lambton Arts Collective at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts in Sarnia, Ontario on Friday, February 2nd, 2018. (Lisa Cattran)
Tanis Wright poses in front of her award winning photo "And the Lord Said" at the Lambton Arts Collective at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts in Sarnia, Ontario on Friday, February 2nd, 2018. (Lisa Cattran
  

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A few of our Favourite Captures


It was a busy 5 days in New York. All of us have taken away our own unique perspective “through the lens”.  Varying themes such as architecture, culture, street, landscape, or just capturing that once in a life time moment is what we have to reveal.  Although we wish we could show you much more, here are some of our best moments in New York. We thank all of our followers for taking the time to view our experiences, and the soul of New York. Enjoy.
-Lambton College, Digital Photography Students.
Some of our students' favourite captures/moments here.  There are more to come as we catch up on some sleep and re-energize!  Thanks for viewing and sharing our journey.  Thanks to Josh Cote for compiling this sample of the thousands of images we created.

A model strikes a pose during a photoshoot in Central Park, New York, October 9th, 2017 (Adam Shepley)
People walking at night in Times Square on Monday, October 9, 2017. (Autumn Daamen)
Local fisherman waits in the cold for the fish to bite, on Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk, Brooklyn, NY, on October 12, 2017.  (Emily Nutson)
The view looking up at the freedom tower; the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere
in Lower Manhattan, New York City on October 10, 2017. (Emily Nutson)
A man passes through Grand Central station hallway overlooking the iconic subway station on 42nd Street and Park Avenue, Manhattan, NY, October 10, 2017. (Emily Nutson)
The New York City lights begin to illuminate the skyline during sunset as seen from under the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, New York on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.  Gina Robertson

Lady Liberty, an icon of freedom and of the United States, welcomes immigrants arriving from abroad on Liberty Island, New York on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.  Gina Robertson

A second story view of a crowded street in New York, October 11th, 2017(Hailey Finch)
Two Bikers travel in the shade under the Brooklyn Bridge in New York on October 10, 2017. (Josh Côté)
A local resident takes a quick nap in Bryant Park in New York City, New York on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017. (Lisa Cattran)
A quiet Sunday morning reflection of the Coney Island boardwalk.  (Maggie Clark)

New York City, lights up as the sun sets.  (Maggie Clark)

A classic New York pigeon taking a rest inside an I-Beam on Monday, October 9th, 2017 by (Olivia Kilp-Watson)
Perry on the Board Walk, Coney Island, Oct. 12, 2017 (Richard Morettin)
Bicycles broken and stacked on the sidewalk in New York, October 10th, 2017 (Scott Orchard)
A little girl hides under her umbrella during a rainstorm in New York, New York on Monday, October 9, 2017
Cars bumper to bumper in the tight streets of New York, October 9th, 2017 (Tanis Wright)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Highlights of our NYC Journey


Highlights of our NYC Journey, by Theresa Chalmers and Tanis Wright 


By Theresa Chalmers

“A roller coaster of emotions and a challenge of the physical body,”  “An assault of my senses which became a comfort of acceptance.”  I cannot find one thing that would be a summary of my experience in New York City.  It was exhausting and exhilarating at the same time.

The subway is an exciting beast that wants to be tamed.  Rush hour on the subway is liked being hugged by a million strangers.  It is hard to put into words the feeling you get as the trains pass by you.  The subway map is a sea of confusing lines and dots at the beginning but the sense of accomplishment of getting on the right train to the right place is awesome!

The Statue of Liberty is a must see.  Taking the ferry to the island was, for me, one of my favorite parts.  The Upper New York Bay is as busy as the streets of New York.  The grandeur of Miss Liberty was unexpected just as the skyline is from the middle of the bay.

The Brooklyn Bridge is an astonishing sight from afar but to walk across it is a cultural delight.  There are both walking and bike lanes above while the vehicles are below.  There is an international representation across the entire span of the bridge.

My first impression in Central Park was one of LOVE.  Couples embracing and celebrating their love, strolling over bridges with the beautiful sounds of the soft saxophone flowing along the air.  A place to get lost in peace.

Visiting Harlem was fantastic.  The feeling I got from Harlem was “Welcome Home..  I found Harlem to be in less of a hurry and more people engaged in “street visiting.”  There is an apparent sense of pride for their community, from their theatrical history and neo-Gothic architecture, right down to their diverse innovated leaders.  Given a chance, they will gladly tell you all about it with a joyful enthusiasm that will leave you wanting more.

A lot can happen in a New York Minute!
  

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By Tanis Wright

In a time when fake news is the news, it becomes all the more necessary to think twice about one’s perceptions of the world at large. Thanks to Hollywood’s disproportionate portrayal of New York as a gritty, crime-ridden spider’s web, ready to trap all not borne of her who enter,  outsiders could be forgiven their hesitation and defensive stance upon arrival. But once here, one cannot deny the appeal of “the city that never sleeps”, evident in the obvious pride which goes into keeping her streets clean, her historical buildings preserved, and her diverse culture thoughtfully represented. 

Nowhere else is a man-made landscape as beautiful and interesting as nature’s own. One hundred and something year old buildings remain graceful and steadfast amongst the towering glass, concrete and iron giants of more recent times. Down the road, charming brownstones and row-houses interspersed with those of modern upgrades maintain elegance and dignity in their acceptance of one another. Equally accepting are the locals - ready to help with directions, a warm “hello,” and even a proud shout-out such as one enthusiastic citizen gave, while bearing his Italian heritage on his clothes and expertly manipulating a soccer ball along the sidewalk; “New York is the greatest place in the world!” he shouted with enthusiasm as our group passed on the opposite sidewalk. 

While my home will always be the greatest place in the world to me, the friendly people and captivating landscape of New York will always feel like a welcoming city to return to again and again!

Gina Robertson captures the Subway activity in NYC, New York; October 8th-12th,2017.  Photo by Theresa Chalmers
On any given day in New York City there is a flurry of activity on the Subway in NYC, New York; October 8th-12th,2017.
Photo by Theresa Chalmers
A busker performs in the Subway in NYC, New York; October 8th-12th,2017.  Photo by Theresa Chalmers
The south Manhattan skyline from the ferry to the Stature of Liberty, October 8th-12th,2017. Photo by Dave Chidley
The view of the Statue of Liberty from the ferry traveling through the NYC Bay on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Photo by Theresa Chalmers
Lovers & musicians flock to Central Park to enjoy the peaceful oasis within NYC on Monday, October 9th, 2017. Photo by Theresa Chalmers
Lovers & musicians flock to Central Park to enjoy the peaceful oasis within NYC on Monday, October 9th, 2017. Photo by Theresa Chalmers
Lovers & musicians flock to Central Park to enjoy the peaceful oasis within NYC on Monday, October 9th, 2017. Photo by Theresa Chalmers
Lovers & musicians flock to Central Park to enjoy the peaceful oasis within NYC on Monday, October 9th, 2017. Photo by Theresa Chalmers
Many diverse people enjoy the different attractions along the pedestrian portion of the Brooklyn Bridge in NYC on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.  Photo by Theresa Chalmers
Many diverse people enjoy the different attractions along the pedestrian portion of the Brooklyn Bridge in NYC on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.  Photo by Theresa Chalmers
Many diverse people enjoy the different attractions along the pedestrian portion of the Brooklyn Bridge in NYC on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.  Photo by Theresa Chalmers
A welcoming sign on the streets of Harlem, NY on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Photo by Theresa Chalmers
Carefully preserved remnants of an 18th century New Harlem offer a glimpse into life as a Dutch settler, as exhibited by this gate leading to the ally between row houses in what is now known as Harlem. By Tanis Wright
Warm friendly locals proudly lead us through the streets of Harlem, NY on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Photo by Theresa Chalmers


Three centuries of architectural design exhibited in these towering Manhattan structures provide the strangely diverse yet expertly cohesive landscape that is New York City’s skyline. By Tanis Wright
Oculus, the mind-blowing glass-and-steel structure and centerpiece designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, houses the World Trade Center Transportation Hub and delivers the world to within steps of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in Manhattan. By Tanis Wright

Last Day, Free Day


By Perry Lutz and Adam Shepley

On day 5 the photographers were given some extra time in the morning but it wasn’t extra sleep time, preparing for checkout was the first business of the day and prepare for a so called free day which was to be filled with plenty of activities. The activities for the largest group of students were to be chosen depending on the forecast, no rain and we would go to Coney Island, rain and the museums would be the choice…Coney Island won out as the weather was forecast to be ideal. 

Some of the class ventured out on their own, with some attempting to make it into a television show taping, some to an "oddities store" and one to a unique "cat cafe."  Our final day was a chance to see some unique sites, while exploring.

The trip to Coney Island was a long subway ride, some underground, some above ground. The view of Manhattan was ideal as we surfaced out of the subway tunnel and traveled south across the Manhattan Bridge.

Arriving at Coney Island the group split up and separately explored the area. The Boardwalk and pier were the main places of interest. There were no tourist crowds however many locals were out and about enjoying the serenity of the ocean and the freedom from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Runners and walkers traveled along the boardwalk, men fishing out on the pier, elementary school students on excursion, the atmosphere was truly relaxing. 

The visit concluded with lunch at Nathans, one of the oldest restaurants on Coney Island, started in 1916 and claiming to have the most famous hotdog in the world. Here Tanis put on a seagull feeding exhibition, feeding the hovering seagulls out of her hands.
The subway was taken back to Manhattan where the group exited at the Canal street exit. This was a good location to explore the street, observe street vendors and just people watch. Canal street concluded with a stop at the Paris Baguette sweet shop where the group enjoyed mouth watering baked sweets.

Well, it was time to catch the subway back to the hotel and didn’t we overshoot our stop. This created some anxiety however it was short lived as we quickly changed trains and remedied the mistake arriving back at the hotel on schedule. At the hotel the full group reformed… all good and all accounted for and ready for the airport and the flight home.

What a fantastic, event filled Lambton College PHTD trip to NYC. All of us would like to give a special thanks to Dave Chidley and Richard Beland for their patience, understanding and relentless crowd control (a crowd of seventeen). The trip was extremely well planned and well executed, thank you both.

The view from our Subway as we cross the Manhattan Bridge, Oct. 12, 2017
The quiet, peaceful scene on the Coney Island Boardwalk.  Oct. 12, 2017
Fisherman right in NYC off the Coney Island pier,  Oct. 12, 2017
From the hustle and bustle of the big city to a relaxing walk along the ocean,  just one subway line away.  Oct. 12, 2017
A local relaxes along the colourful Coney Island boardwalk.  Oct. 12, 2017
The group who made the trek to Coney Island wait for the train back to Manhattan. Oct. 12, 2017
Art on the building along Canal St.  Oct. 12, 2017
Paris Baguette sweet shop, a great "coffee and sweets" stop.  on Canal St. Oct. 12, 2017
Obscura, an interesting shop selling odd relics and antiques,
Oct. 12, 2017