Citrus photo students
play with light
Posted Nov. 30, 2007
Sheila DelCastillo
Jesus Calvillo, a Citrus College student, examines photographs in the Citrus College Hayden Library Gallery. The photographs were taken by students who were entered into the Photographer’s Forum National Competition. The Photographer’s Forum Magazine publishes photographs from emerging professionals. Some of the student’s work was also published in The Best of College Photography 2007. The six Photo­grapher’s Forum finalists will travel from June 23-July 6 for photographic study of the South Pacific. The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 8, with some of the photos available for sale by the students.

Careful control of light and shadow expresses different moods and photographic styles at Citrus College’s student photography exhibit.

The Hayden Library’s art gallery showcases images from student photographers using different styles from black and white photography to color to abstract.

As a part of the display, photography from professors of photography Darrell Carr and Richard Hasegawa were also shown.

Carr and Hasegawa’s photographs, like those displayed in rest of the exhibit, focus on landscapes and abstract images.

Although similar in subject matter, each photographer dealt with light and shadows differently to express something unique about the subject or overall composition.

Photography was present from Kathryn Littler, Mary Bold, Mark Gagliardi, Daniel Garcia, Manny Medrano, Karen Cisco, Monica Villagrana, Daniel Stone, Vernon Krahn, Theresa Villenueve, Vernon Krah and Janet Ramirez.

“Cosmo” by Kathryn Littler exposes a humanistic side to a cat in the portrait.

The cat’s white fur and whiskers suddenly appear from the dark background. The subject’s body isn’t clearly visible, drawing your attention to the cat’s face and eyes rather than the body itself.

The way that the light captures the cat’s eyes draws the viewer in and gives the cat a humanistic expression in its pose.

“Sinful Pleasures” by Daniel Garcia has an interesting play with symmetry and balance.

A simple image of a bottle and glass with a blank background gets a little more complicated after taking more than one glance at the picture.

The bottle and wine glass are surrounded by shadows on the left side leaving empty space on the right.

Although the subject is off-centered, there is a flash of white on the right that creates a balance to the composition.

Another interest is the wine glass itself. It appears to have a tiled surface by having squared sections of the glass reflect the shadows and other sections reflect the light in a checkerboard fashion.

An interesting piece by Garcia, “Bionic Fruit” takes a simple object and makes it full of meaning. Halves of a green apple and a red apple are stitched together using staples.

A first thought that comes to mind when viewing the apple halves made whole with staples piercing the red and green skin is the destruction of natural order of things by man.

Mark Gagliardi recaptured the beauty of Mission Santa Barbara in his sepia-toned landscape.

The photograph provides a view of the mission from the building’s left side.

The bell towers became slightly overexposed with the light hitting them at that angle, but the glare of the tower’s bright walls helped to create a heavenly glow around the building.

The opening near the façade is devoid of tourists giving the photograph a unique and professional touch, different from the typical tourist’s snapshots with people lounging about near the entrance.

A woman finds solace in light of desperation in Monica Villagara’s “Desperation.”

The woman grasps the cold iron bars of a crypt entrance. Shadows surround the façade of the crypt and creep up to the entrance.

In contrast to the dark and cold surroundings, the crypt is flooded with sunlight, alluding to it being a sign of comfort and solace.

Some of the photography displayed at the exhibit is available for sale.

The prices, which range from $85 to more than $125, were shown next to the photographer’s name.

The exhibit also serves as a platform to acknowledge six photography students that placed at the Photographer’s Forum National Competition.

The six photographers – Sotoko Tahima, Jason Alder, Mark Mueller, Deborah Huang, Gerald Williams and Toby Caughron – were among the many finalists in the competition.

The exhibit will run through Jan. 8.

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