Central American photography exhibit reveals "personal vision"

Some stuck point-and-shoots in their back pockets and others toted high-end cameras over their shoulders as they traveled through Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras. The three-week summer course offered by Union College allowed students to take two of three classes: Travel Writing, Field Biology or Travel Photography. At the end of the trip, each photography student submitted a set of prints for the exhibit "Central America: Varied Visions," on display in the McClelland Art Gallery from Aug. 17-Sept. 6.

"There was an emphasis on personal vision," said Bruce Forbes, associate professor of art and graphic design. "I wanted them to find what they were interested in and good at shooting."

And they found their niche. Stephen Wasemiller focused on light and architecture, particularly proud of a night shot taken outside of an Italian restaurant. Laura Hanson, a newcomer to photography, enjoyed capturing the flowers and greenery that surrounded her.

The photographs include a large degree of diversity in techniques, equipment, experience and, of course, perspective. "Their work exceeded my expectations," Forbes said.

The McClelland Art Gallery is in the Ortner Center on the Union College campus, 3800 S. 48th Street. Enter the campus from Prescott Avenue. The art gallery is free to the public and open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Ortner Center at 402.486.2545.

By Sierra Hatcher

By Stephen Wasemiller