JOHNSBURG Three Johnsburg students have spent the summer looking at the world through a different lens; a camera lens, that is.
Allie Ordway, Hannah Jay and Samantha Shook, all going into 11th grade this year, have learned to view things in a new light thanks to a photography workshop taught by William Woody Widlund.
Woody met the student photographers last year while working on a project called The Face of Democracy where students were taught to interview and photograph voters at the polls on Election Day. The students snapped photos and interviewed. voters with questions such as, why do you vote and why is voting important to you?.
The Johnsburg students displayed their work, along with the work of students in schools in Minneapolis and Oakland, CA. After doing this, the Johnsburg students moved on to another project in which they took pictures of their own school and sent them to schools in India and Burma to show those students what an American school looks like; those students in turn sent pictures to the Johnsburg students of their schools.
These projects were so successful that Widlund decided to offer any Johnsburg students who were interested a summer photography workshop, and Allie, Hannah and Sam signed up.
The three have met once a week all summer in a basement room at Caf頓arah, where they went over the basic tenants of photography, concentrating especially on working with light. Each girl was lent an identical Kodak digital camera, along with a Holga, a little black and white click camera.
I would say, go photograph your world, then I would review their work, and after three or four weeks it became apparent where their interests were, so then I encouraged interest in these areas, said Widlund, They each took about 1,000-1,200 photos and we spent two weeks having them choose up to 15 of their favorites, which will appear in an exhibit at the Adirondack Lake Center for the Arts.