Photos light up airport
Posted December 9, 2005

Millions of people travel through airports everyday, especially during the holiday season. For photographer and University of La Verve alumna Julie Diebolt-Price, the holiday traveler’s experience will have a personal connection as 17 photographs from her collection of lighthouse images are exhibited at the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana.

Unfortunately, if not looking for these well crafted photographs, travelers can easily miss them because of their locations.

The photos are featured inside two large wall cases near carrousels one and four in the baggage claim area on the lower level terminal, and also in table-top display cases near the north and south security entry checkpoints on the upper level of the terminal.

“This is my largest body of work for an exhibit, but they were of small themes,” Diebolt-Price said. “This lighthouse exhibit is 17 images from my collection. It’s also different because of the exposure of my photographic work to such a large audience- nine million travelers go through John Wayne Airport each year.”

Diebolt-Price has traveled to 38 states, within seven she captured 30 lighthouse images. Alaska was her latest destination where she shot “Rockwell Light” this year.

She mentioned her theme for this exhibit was the lighthouses across America.

“I chose my lighthouse photos for their graphical qualities of image making, their simplicity, and also for their ability to inspire a sense of calmness that I believe travelers and their loved ones will appreciate,” Diebolt-Price said.

Diebolt-Price’s lighthouse exhibit was chosen by the airport art commission and approved for a solo style exhibit in the Community Focus Space Gallery, said Jeffrey Frisch, coordinator for the airport’s art program.

Her travel photos have been featured in magazines including the cover of a national photographic magazine and have earned her awards from Professional Photographers of California and Orange County, National Geographic Traveler magazine, Photographer’s Forum magazine and others.

Diebolt-Price attended ULV at off-campus locations ?in Orange County. She majored in business administration and graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science in business administration in 1990. She also serves as president and educator for her company JDP Photography.

After the exhibit is over, she has arranged to donate some of the featured images to causes that hold personal value. The organizations will auction off the signed artwork in their fundraisers.

The exhibit will be open to the public through Jan. 5. at the John Wayne Airport. For more information on the exhibit visit or

Jaclyn Gonzales can be reached at jgonzales4@

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