June 17 2019

BHS Students’ Photography on Display at Local Museum


The work of Burlington High School’s talented photography students are currently on display at a local museum.

Art Department Director George Ratkevich said he and the other art teachers in the school were excited to announce that once again Burlington students participated in the Griffin Museum of Photography’s annual PhotoSynthesis program. The museum is in Winchester and students from Burlington and Winchester both joined the program.

“Over the last semester, Lexi Djordjevic's Photo Portfolio and Advanced Photography students have been creating portfolios of imagery exploring their sense of self and space within their surroundings,” Ratkevich said. “This is the third year that Burlington students have been part of this special exhibition, working closely with the museum and alongside photography students from Winchester High School.”

According to museum representatives, by creating photographic portraits of themselves and their surroundings, students from Burlington High School and Winchester High School have been exploring their sense of self and place in a unique collaborative program at the Griffin Museum. The goal is to increase students’ awareness of the art of photography, as well as how being from different programs and different schools affects their approach to the same project.

“The students were given the task of creating a body of work that communicates a sense of self and place,” an invite for the gallery states. “They were encouraged to explore the importance of props, the environment, facial expression, metaphor, and body language in portrait photography.”

Students met with Tara Sellios, a Boston artist who received her BFA in photography with a minor in art history from the Art Institute of Boston in 2010..

Asia Kepka also met with the students in February and discussed her photography journey especially her project “Horace and Agnes.” Kepka studied set design in Lodz, Poland. A graduate of New England School of Photography in Waltham, she has worked for such publications as Wired, Fortune, Time, The New York Times Magazine, and many more. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States and Europe.

Alison Nordstrom, the former curator of the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y., and photographer Sam Sweezy gathered with students for a one-on-one discussion of their work and a final edit was created for the exhibition at the museum.

“In collaboration and through creative discourse these students have grown,” said Paula Tognarelli, executive director of the Griffin Museum. “We are very pleased to be able to share this year’s students’ work. We thank the mentors and teachers for providing a very meaningful experience for the students. We also want to thank the Griffin Foundation and the John and Mary Murphy Educational Foundation, whose continued commitment to this project made learning possible. To paraphrase Elliot Eisner, the arts enabled these students to have an experience that they could have from no other source.’’

Visitors can check out the gallery at the Griffin Museum of Photography until July 7.

Photo from Griffin Museum of Photography.


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