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Photography Students Capture the Built Landscape

In “Introduction to Imaging,” students each created a photo series that captures the visual and conceptual essence of the places they live.

During the intensive, three-week Maymester course, students explored the methods, materials and history of photography — and how photographic imaging has influenced how we perceive reality. Under the guidance of Professor of Art and Architecture Christine Chin, students “mapped” the landscape around them in the style of the New Topographic photographers, whose work reconsidered the familiar constructed world.

Kate Barilla ’23 looked at “how the landscape of an area affects human life and vice versa” in her photographic study of the Susquehanna River levee system.

Andrew Broering ’22 focused on the way “the natural landscape in the Midwest has become manipulated and intertwined with the farming industry on both a small and a large scale, from family farms to massive dairy and chicken operations.”

Jack Ledford ’22 photographed docks, marinas, bridges and abandoned drill lines, both from shore and from the water — vistas where “the infrastructure has had to adapt in order to appeal to the ocean.”

Hannah McGrath ’23 documented a windfarm in the lakes region of New Hampshire, where the windmills’ construction sparked debate over the environmental benefits versus the impact on the visual landscape.

Learn more about studio art at HWS.

Hobart and William Smith offer a wide range of intensive courses for current and non-matriculated students. Maymester, Summer Session and J-Term courses provide an opportunity for students to earn credits, to further their educational experience with HWS faculty, to get ahead or back on track with graduation plans, and to address curricular requirements at HWS or other institutions. Learn more.

The photo above features Professor of Art and Architecture Christine Chin (far right) teaching a group of students from a previous photography class in the Goldstein Family Carriage House at Houghton House.