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Student photos on display

Nov. 4, 2010

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
The photograph pictured above, ‘Three Mikes’ by Williston high school student Christian Goulette, is on display at Vermont Photo Space Gallery in Essex. (Courtesy photo by Christian Goulette)

Photographs by two Williston students, along with students around the state, are on display at the Vermont Photo Space Gallery in Essex.

The exhibit, called Within the Frame, includes 50 photographs by nearly 40 students.

Christian Goulette has two photos in the show, entitled “Three Mikes” and “Burlington Waterfront.” Tim Averill has a photo called “Skatepark” on display.

“It’s a great opportunity for these youngsters to get some exposure,” said Ken Signorello, gallery owner.

Signorello said he was impressed with the quality of the work.

“I think we have a lot of really interesting development happening in these arts,” he said. “A lot of the stuff is really quite good.”

Essex photography teacher Wendy James organized the show, which opened Wednesday.

“For the most part, it’s just the usual scene in an unusual way,” James said. “The subject matter isn’t what makes the photos stand out, it’s something about the viewpoint or the focus … it’s the little decisions students make.”

Local photographer and graphic designer Jason Robinson juried the show, choosing the photos from more than 200 submissions, with no names attached to them.

In a statement, Robinson wrote that he judged photos based on substance, composition, use of space, focus, lighting and “the emotional connection.” Along with Robinson’s strict critique guidelines, he wrote that he “did allow (his) selections to be tinted with a new value, the quality of youth — this young artistic vocabulary is a blend of excitement, novelty and optimism.”

A reception, which is open to the public, is set for 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 5. The photos will be on display at Vermont Photo Space until Nov. 12. Then, they will be moved to Shelburne Farms for a one-night exhibit during The Party At The Barn, a fund-raiser for neuroblastoma.

To see all of the photos in the Within the Frame exhibit, visit www.vermontphotospace.com.