Steamboat high school students share final projects during show |

Steamboat high school students share final projects during show

High schoolers’ work featured at downtown display through May

Nicole Inglis

— Steamboat Springs High School senior Katie McNamara sees the world differently when she has a hand on her Nikon D70.

"I see all the artistic elements … it makes me look at the lines, the textures of things," she said.

In her final project for her advanced photography class, she brought a colorful vision to life with splashes of bright paint on everyday objects such as feathers, water, snow and a toothbrush.

And hers wasn't the only visually striking theme portrayed among those of her fellow students.

"Everything turned out really good," she said as she looked around at her classmates' work. "There are a lot of talented kids in this class."

The 17 students of Steamboat Springs High School's advanced photography class will display their final projects this month at Chocolate Soup Pastry Cafe downtown. The students hung the show Friday morning, and the opening reception was held during First Friday Artwalk.

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"It's great to show the community what we've been doing," teacher Morgan Peterson said. "We don't exactly get a lot of visitors in the art department."

In the second year of the class, Peterson said this is the first time the students have had a professional show at a downtown art venue.

"It's great for them to go through the process of what it's like to be a professional artist," she said Friday morning as the students around her coveted the few hammers and wondered where they were going to get more tacks.

The students chose where they wanted the show to be, and Nick Ciraldo, the owner of Bella's Wine Bar and a cafe manager, said he was honored they chose Chocolate Soup.

"This is fantastic," he said Friday afternoon. It was the first time he had seen the show that would hang in his business for the next month. "We're really lucky."

Ciraldo said he was impressed with the caliber and variety of work.

"I'm quite overwhelmed," he said. "It's better than I imagined; they're very accomplished."

The types of photography varied from traditional black and white film prints to highly digitized and manipulated images.

On the latter end of the spectrum, junior Josh Satterfield used Adobe Photoshop to create 360-degree panoramas. When individual images were stitched together, the full image wrapped around in a tiny circle with Satterfield's point of view at the center.

"They look like tiny planets," he said.

He chose locations such as Mexico and the high school parking lot that, when stretched and warped, lend to the viewer a sense of exoticism.

"It shows places that I would like to be their own planet," he explained. "Like when you're there, it feels like it's its own world."

On an adjoining wall, junior Kaitlyn Espinosa displayed her pensive black and white film photos of hay bales; a stark contrast to some of the bright digital work surrounding them.

"I just like being able to look at the world how it is now through black and white," Espinosa said. "I love the reward you get from developing a photo and the relief when it turns out well."

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What: Steamboat Springs High School advanced photography show

When: Through May

Where: Chocolate Soup Pastry Cafe

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