Archive for March, 2009

Ms. Montoya’s 2nd graders and the SWC Photo Club.

March 29, 2009

We have had an ongoing event going with Ms. Montoya’s 2nd graders at Central Elementary in Imperial Beach. We have visited the Tijuana Estuary and the San Diego Zoo with the class. In both instances we provided disposable cameras and processed the film for the class. We then came back and the kids made collages from the photographs! It gave the kids exposure to photography, and we helped them learn to frame and compose pictures. It was also very interesting to see the development of an “eye” for photography develop between the two events for some of the kids! It was also fascinating to watch how each kid approached making each of their collages. Some liked lots of photographs, others applied more art and some got into elaborate little cut outs. Art is very much a function of personality and even at this early age their artwork is very distinctly different from each other.

Upcoming is another trip with the class to the Tijuana Estuary, the last one occured at probably the highest tide that had been seen at the Estuary in a long time. This resulted in it being quite flooded and forced a lot of the wildlife away. We’re planning to return when there is more wildlife around to view. Again the Photo Club will provide disposable cameras for the kids to use, and the talented ones might even get to take a few pictures with mine! Nothing like a long lense to capture wildlife in its native habitat!

Our relationship with Ms. Montoya and Central Elementary promises to be an enduring one! This is just one of the many community events that the Southwestern College Photo Club participates in. There are many more upcoming in the months and years to come!

Allen C. Morse III
SWC Photo Club President

Ms. Montoya's class and us.

Ms. Montoya's class and us.

Photo Club goes to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

March 11, 2009

On February 28th the SWC Photo Club went to visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It started with one of the most interesting displays of old street lights out in front of the museum. Here were all these old lights, lined up in columns that you could wander through. I found some very interesting extreme angle photographs in this display. The exhibit we went to see was “Vanity Fair” featuring some of the great photographers of this magazine. Most memorable was the black & white photography, particularlythat of Edward Steichen who I had heard of but never seen his work. His use of light to illuminate his subject was awe inspiring for me! Much of the fine work by the photographers of Vanity Fair magazine was featured.

Afterward, we went down to a place called “Bergamot”. It is the name for avery unique Museum of Art in Santa Monica. Artists have their own galleries and you can actually talk with some of them! The art shown here was very unique, it included a crochet representation of a coral seascape! It was amazing to see what people could make art out of!

We ended up in Venice. Ah yes THE Venice Beach! We ate on the main drag and enjoyed a superb meal and hunted down some good coffee for the trip home. It was an amazing and successful event! Stay tuned for more on our activities upcoming!

The gang out in front of the street lamp display at LACMA.

The gang out in front of the street lamp display at LACMA.

The entrance art at LACMA.

The entrance art at LACMA.

An idea of how Bergamot is, (the Santa Monica Museum of Art).

An idea of how Bergamot is, (the Santa Monica Museum of Art).

An example of the crochet art we found at Bergamot.

An example of the crochet art we found at Bergamot.

Winding down in Venice after a full day of art museums!

Winding down in Venice after a full day of art museums!