Latin School of Chicago

Vidi 2017

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The Cover Photo: Light at The End of The Tunnel Hayden Morgan '19 Photography is about experiencing life and communicating about it. With each click of a shut- ter, we are capturing our experience as a moment of historic record. Each moment is fleeting; each photo is not. Photographers are driven to not only observe what they are seeing, but also to share their awareness of life. Thus, a photograph becomes a story and a photographer, a storyteller. Sometimes the story is about our own learning process and other times it is about our intention to showcase something profoundly discovered or created. This year has been a wonderful year for our photo program. Last summer, I taught a new course in digital arts that serves as an introduction to digital photography via a phone camera. We explored a wide range of concepts and expressive techniques for image capture, enhancement and manipulation. Students also learned about animation and video using their phones, and shot amazing video using the DJI OSMO. This spring, I had my largest Advanced Photography class ever, a full house at 18 students! This meant more opportunities for independent problem-solving which produced stellar results. Our Photo Club continued to offer creative challenges and hands-on fun at each meeting. In January, as part of ArtFest we hosted Chicago Tribune photographer Brian Cassella, who has photographed the Olympics and the World Series-winning Chicago Cubs. He shared with us some of his photojournalism stories about Chicago. This year for Project Week, Mr. Cruz and I took sixteen delightful students to Barcelona to learn about art and culture. The students worked in pairs to produce photographic children's books on a variety of topics. The books were on display in our library at Latin, and the students will share their books with the lower school soon. The Advanced Photography class is finishing up their slideshows that will be showcased at the last assembly of the year. Large prints by several students are being exhibited at City Hall in a Latin School exhibit called "Imaginative Self." If you're in downtown Chicago this summer, stop by Maria Pappas' office on the first floor of City Hall to see these prints as well as some impressive drawings and paintings. Journalist Bill Moyers said "creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous." As you flip through the page of our 16th edition of VIDI magazine, I hope that you also experi- ence the marvelous these students discovered with their cameras. Betty Lark Ross Visual Art Department Chair / Photography Teacher 5Ram Fedeli '19 Project Week: Barcelona Bookmaking Through Arts & Culture '17 ArtFest 2017 5Marleigh Belsley '19 5Hannah Korach '19

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