Dordt College News

Two-person photography show and reception

January 26, 2011

“I’m addicted to photography. Two cameras, several memory cards, and a few batteries come with me everywhere I go,” said April (Boogerd) Van Rys. Her photography is on display along with photographs from Maggie Mellema, both graduates of Dordt College.

A joint public reception honoring their work will be held from 6:30-8 p.m., Feb. 4, in the Campus Center Art Gallery on Dordt’s campus.

For Van Rys, a 2005 graduate, capturing an image on film is all about being vigilant and aware of the scene around you. “I am continually observing my surroundings, ready to capture a scene if I come across a photographic moment… I am in awe of nature’s diversity and find its beauty no matter where I am. Nature is constantly changing with the time of day and the season. It always has something fascinating to offer; you just need to pause and look for it.”

As an owner of Studio C41 in Omaha, Neb., Mellema, a 2007 graduate, primarily takes portraiture and commercial photos but often creates new challenges for herself. “These self-assignments are designed to keep me seeing the world through fresh eyes and to try techniques that I haven’t had a chance to try yet. One favorite of mine is photographing small pieces of this big earth. To me, life is looking at the big picture but seeing the details. Through a snowstorm I see individual flakes, after the cold rain I see raindrops clinging to the smallest leaves, and when the sun goes down I see the muted lights.”

The women’s work is currently on display and can be viewed in the Campus Center Art Gallery through Feb. 20.

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