B U F F A L O N E W S
photographers shine in KENAN SHOW
By JEAN WESTMOORE
- They found their inspiration in a box of crayons, a guardrail, a rusted
hinge, an ice-covered pond. Their subjects were sisters, friends, pets and
random strangers. Some use only digital cameras; others swear by film.
These are the 312 teen photographers from 32 high schools in Western and Central New York whose work is on display in the Kenan Center's Storrs All-High Photo Show at 433 Locust St.
Kenan Executive Director Susan Przybyl welcomed students, teachers and parents to the show, which was renamed in honor of William Storrs, a longtime Kenan volunteer and Lockport Senior High art teacher who died last year. His widow, Mary Lou Storrs, attended Sunday's awards ceremony, and Lew-Port photo teacher Mike Townsend gave a tribute to Storrs, remembering getting a call 21 years ago from Storrs who had "this crazy idea to fill Kenan with photos" at a time when very few high schools taught photo.
Judging the show was Kenn Morgan, who started the photo club at Bennett High School in 1966 and teaches photography at Locust Street Art. Buffalo News NeXt sponsored the show, and News photographer Sharon Cantillon chose three awards.
THE AWARD WINNERS
•City Honors senior Max Pitegoff won the Journalism Photodocumentary Award for "Ivan's Damage," a photo he took when he traveled to Pensacola, Fla., for a cousin's wedding right after Hurricane Ivan. "Our hotel was just a few blocks from where it badly hit. I was walking around taking photos. The photo is basically a garage filled with sand and debris, with a statue of the Virgin Mary on the ground." He plans to pursue his interest in art and film at Cooper Union in New York next year.
•Kenmore-East sophomore Michelle Owens won "Best of Show Award/Student Processed" for her salt print, "Distractions," a photo she snapped of the Theater District Metro Rail stop just as a boy wearing a suit came "running down the street."
•Newfane senior and art club president Liz Platt won Best Altered Image award for "Grace's Lantern," a photo she took as an art club project where everyone took "orange pictures." She shot the photo in her sister's room. "I knew she had those hanging lanterns like you get from a gift store," Liz said. She took the photo with a digital camera, then used photoshop to "take the one image and rotate it so it would look like it's all connecting." She wants to be an art teacher and will attend Syracuse University.
•Lew-Port sophomore Nick Catanzaro won Best Portrait for his black and white photo, "Lynsey." "I was hanging out with my one friend, having this really deep conversation and she just hunched over ... trapped behind these metal bars of the chair." He felt the bars "created a prison-like" effect that conveyed the feeling of how "society traps a younger person, just really limits them to certain things."
•Best Still Life went to Clarence junior Elizabeth Stoyle, for "Solitude," which she shot in a barn that has a "huge hole in the side and I always thought it would be so fun to go there and take a picture." She did just that one sunny day last summer and found herself shooting down from upstairs, fascinated with "the shadow on the chair and rough edges of the floor. I didn't realize how good they were until I printed them out."
•Grand Island freshman Kelly Williams won Best Animal photo for "Raven," a series of photos she took sitting in the middle of the pasture as her horse, Raven, cantered by. "I tried to put them together to show the flow of movement," she said.
•Williamsville East senior Jackie Sizemore won "Best Altered Image" for "Beauty," a photo of her sister Erica with articles of clothing, including a kimono and her grandmother's wedding dress. She says the photo explores the concept of natural beauty. "Each person is beautiful. Clothes are beautiful as well," she said. She took the picture on film, then scanned it into computer and altered it with photoshop. "I hate digital," she said. "The quality of the pictures are not as good as film."
•Amherst sophomore Corey Siegel won Best Railroad for "Working' On the Railroad" which he shot on Hertel Avenue while taking photos with senior Justin Howard. "We like to take pictures of railroads and old rusted things," he said.
•Dayna Silvis, vice president of Newfane's art club, won honorable mention for "Moonlit Orchid." She said: "My boyfriend bought me a flower to cheer me up. I took the picture in the dark; I had a flashlight shine down to capture all the shadows."
•A flower won honorable mention for "Rose" by Candace Walczyk of Lancaster. Candace reports "it was the first picture I'd ever taken" other than snapshots of friends or family. "I took photo as an elective, I'm not really an art person. The rose my cheerleading coach gave us, I lay it down on stamped concrete."
Clarence photo teacher Elaine Koessel, who has 125 students in her studio photography and advanced photo courses, was thrilled to win the "Best School" award. "What I wanted to do at Kenan was a mix of darkroom and digital," she said. In the past she has always taken all her classes to Kenan to "see what their peers are doing," but this year bus funds have run out.
Lancaster art teacher Nancy Mariani takes her photo students to the Griffis Sculpture Park in East Otto every October and to downtown Buffalo and the Central Terminal in February. Her students develop photos in the school darkroom although she wonders "if there might come a day when we might not be able to get chemicals."
The show continues through May 14. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 2 to 5 on weekends. (See color photos from the show on Page 12 of today's NeXt.)
Other cash awards went to:
Black & White, Amanda Babyak of Cassadaga Valley, "Inspirational Jazz Cat."
Best Color, Haley Schoenfeldt of Lockport, "Ridge Road Takes You Where You Want to Go."
Cityscape, Megan Lindahl, Southwestern, "V."
Best Floralscape, Bailey DeGlopper, Grand Island.
Best Landscape, Merissa Olmstead of Kenmore East, "Flowing Heaven."
Best Seascape: Matt Lochner of Lima Christian, "Close to the Edge."
News NeXt Vision Award for Excellence, Zachary Golemb, Lima Christian, "Still in Working Order."
Other students winning honorable mention were:
Victoria Mariani, Amherst; A.J. Sacca, Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts; Sina Stritmatter, Cardinal O'Hara; Natalie Straight, Cassadaga Valley; Katie Pfeiffer, City Honors; Amy Hangen, Clarence; James Warren, Clyde-Savannah; Kira Hosmer, Depew; Diane Deprez, Fairport; Gabe Stengen, Fillmore; Dawn Draves, Genesee Valley BOCES; Jeremy Periera, Greece-Athena; Kelly Rourke; Honeoye Falls-Lima; Dan Essrow, Ken-East; Emily Raithel, Ken-West; Angela Cramb, Lew-Port; Nicole Prescott, Lima Christian; Cassandra Shaffer, Lockport; Amanda Salerno, Lyons; Kaitlan Ferris, Marcellus; Donny Monica, North Collins; Mackenzie Gelina, North Rose-Wolcott; Brian Turnquist, Panama; Kelsey Gambrel, Southwestern; Jon Taggart, Tonawanda; Diane Schmitt, Wheatland Chili; Ariel Chase-Conant, Williamsville East; Nick Goetz, Williamsville North; Erin Rademacher, Wilson.