Dordt College News

Photography workshop with Rene Clement yields art show

April 18, 2012

New York City-based and award-winning freelance photographer René Clement spent a week at Dordt College conducting a photography workshop with 10 eager students. The result is an art display of seventy large photographs on display in the main lobby and hallway of the Ribbens Academic Complex and in the art department gallery lounge. The photos will be on display until May 4.

During the five-day workshop, held during Spring Break, students photographed at several locations in Sioux Center, Orange City, Le Mars, Sioux City, Sioux Falls, Yankton, and the Winnebago Reservation. Subjects ranged from farm scenes to urban landscapes, local business owners to skate boarders, historical architecture to Native Americans in full regalia, and more.

Students worked with digital photography using digital single lens reflex cameras and medium and large format film cameras. The black and white film images produced from these cameras were digitally scanned and edited in Adobe Photoshop and Light Room software. The 11 by 17 inch color and black and white prints were printed on Dordt’s docu-color printer. Some of the larger scale photos were output on the Giclee archival printer.

Participating students included Hannah Altena (Orange City, Iowa), Nikki Dykstra (Bozeman, Montana), Ellie Dykstra (Bozeman, Montana), Melissa Visser (Oskaloosa, Iowa), Colin Van Tol (Sioux Center, Iowa), Carrie Goff (Crawford, Nebraska), Liesl Scholten (Byron Center, Michigan), Jordan Edens (Kennewick, Washington), Zac Edens (Kennewick, Washington), and Katie Bonnema (Ireton, Iowa). Other photos include those by Clement and Dordt College art professors Doug Burg and Jake Van Wyk.

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