The Rural Documentary Collection Youth Project Exhibition, created by students in the 4-H program, is on display through Dec. 15 on the main floor of Milner Library.
The exhibit consists of 18 photographs taken by students from Woodford, Livingston and McLean counties during workshops at University Galleries and UNITY Community Center.
“It was a photography workshop where students could apply the information they learned,” Tony Preston-Schreck, curator for University Galleries, said. “It gave students the ability to have professional experience with photography.”
The workshop, led by photographer and ISU graduate Jeri Kelly, taught the students about the history and different techniques used in photography. The skill levels ranged from beginner to advanced photographers.
“I taught a range of subject matters,” Kelly said. “We spent a lot of time learning about the basics of photography and how to compose a good picture.”
Kelly took the students around a variety of areas in Bloomington-Normal, such as the Horticulture Center, to capture the different landscapes.
After the workshop, each student photographer selected a photo that best represented them to be added to the exhibit.
“The photos represented the students’ experience of what they were doing that week,” Preston-Schreck said.
“The photos created gave the students the opportunity to learn more about photography and to display that new knowledge in a way that the community could see the outcomes.”
The photos in the Milner exhibit branched off from the Rural Documentary Collection Exhibition created by photographers Alex Hogan and Marissa Web.
Hogan and Web’s photos documented the 2013 McLean, Livingston and Woodford County Fairs and were on display in University Galleries through Oct. 13.
The photography workshop and the exhibition gave 4-H youth a chance to get real experience and build connections.
“I think it was a unique experience from working with me and from working with each other,” Kelly said.
“[The students] got to meet new people and the intermediate and advanced students came to ISU and
got further into techniques.”