The 2012 graduating seniors of Virginia Intermont College’s Photography & Digital Imaging Department will be having their thesis exhibition at the Arts Depot in Abingdon, VA. The show opens Friday, April 6th and will through May 6, 2012.
A reception will be held on Sunday, April 15 from 2 — 4 p.m.
The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.
Audrey Bevins- Abingdon, VA
Audrey works in medium format color film; scanned and printed digitally. Her work examines relationships. When asked about her inspiration? Audrey states that “even through heartache, I still believe in love…. I wondered how so many couples had made their relationships and marriages work for so many years and ours had not.” After graduation, Audrey hopes to acquire a job as a ranch hand in Southern Utah/Northern Arizona over the summer. She then plans to study pre-veterinary at Virginia Tech with hopes to become a large animal veterinarian.
Kayla Brooks-Gate City, VA
Kayla’s exhibit titled, “Til Death Do us Part” is “a celebration of marriage.” Kyla hopes that as people view her photos they will “use the clues that she has provided about each couple to develop an idea of that special bond that each share, which is something that cannot be photographed.” Kayla currently co-owns her own professional wedding photography business.
Kelly Hammonds-Mt. Carmel, TN
Kelly is currently working in the Creative Services/Photographic Department at Eastman Chemical Company where she photographs employees for various job related ID’s, projects and special events. In this exhibit she states; “By exploring multiple imagery and nature, I have created single images from several different images. . .This method gives the viewer the opportunity to study the intricacies on an individual level as well as combining the photos to be viewed as one, on a more complex level”.
Katy Haupt-Boonsboro, Maryland
Katy’s theme is “Home/ People and Places/ Panoramas” and her medium is Digital,12×36 panoramic prints. She says this series of images “represents a connection between people and place… The people in my photographs all have a strong bond with the place in which they are standing. Technically, I have stitched together multiple frames to make a panorama of the place, to emphasize its importance.” After graduation Katy plans on an internship in the commercial photography industry.
Jared Ladia-Roanoke, VA
The theme of Jared’s exhibit is “a documentary of a pregnancy and birth” in black and white, digital photography. This series documents the moments and emotions he experienced through his transition from “normal-hood, to parenthood” during his senior year. After graduation Jared plans on moving to Cincinnati, Ohio to be with his new family and hopes to join a local newspaper as a staff photojournalist.
Chrissy McClean- New Kent County, VA
Chrissy will be showing traditional black and white, selenium toned silver gelatin prints. The theme of her show is “The Blue Collar Worker.” Chrissy says “I wanted to capture the different aspects of the worker at work. The grunginess, the labor intenseness, and the perks of the job such as the personal reward the worker gets.” After graduation Chrissy plans on pursuing a career as an equine and agricultural documentary photographer.
Sarah Pelton-Houston, TX
Sarah is exhibiting metallic digital prints of modern architecture in cities using natural lighting to illuminate her subjects. Sarah “wanted to focus on the actual buildings and the beauty of a type of modern architecture that you can’t find anywhere else but in a city.” After graduation she plans on moving back to Houston to start her photography business.
Nikkie Miracle-Sandifur-Middlesboro, KY
Nikkie will be exhibiting digital color images of the barns along the Appalachian Quilt Trail as a tribute to her grandmother and the many other quilters in her family. Along with her images she is also having a quilt made with the patterns from the barns she has photographed. After graduation Nikkie plans on pursuing a career as a freelance photographer, shooting nature and sports, and will be based in the Tri-Cities area.