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Inception 2 exposed the creative work of the Digital Photography Program ‑ and plenty of it.
The first graduating class of the Digital Photography program at Niagara College celebrated with a flashy end-of-year black-tie exhibition gala.
The event took place last night on the third floor of the Simcoe wing at Niagara College’s Welland campus.
Each student in the graduating class had at least two photos shown. The exhibition was held with the help of many supporters, including the Cultural Capital of Canada, the Federal Government and Niagara Region.
Ben Cecil, Dean of Environment, Media and Technology at Niagara College praised the program and the students’ work. “ I’m loving it,” he said.
Stephen Dominick, the Digital Photography Program Co-ordinator, said he spent four years building the program. “ I was approached by a Niagara College Graphic Arts professor and he wanted to know why I was not teaching at Niagara College, I told him there wasn’t one and he said write one (a Digital Photography Program),” said Dominick.
And the results of the hard work of building the program were on display Wednesday night. “It was an incredible success and fantastic showcase of student art work,” Dominick said.
Now, Dominick said, he sees the program advancing and connecting with other art schools in Europe. Dominick said very courageous to select photos.
“I think the opportunities it (the program) grants are wonderful, and I think it will open a lot of doors,” said Caitlin Blaedow a student in the program.
Scott Kenney, a Digital Photography professor and winner of SAC’s part-time Educator of The Year award, said it’s fantastic to see all the hard work.
“For me, I’m very passionate about photography and to ignite that passion of these students is why I do it,” said Kenney.
Chris Podmore, a student in the Digital Photography Program said he has come a long way in the program. “ I think about where I was two years ago compared to now, it’s a dramatic change.”
Megan McLellan, another student in the program says she learned a lot and the teachers were very helpful and caring.
“There are a lot of people who came and they all seem to be enjoying it. I believe that it helps because I get the experience of showing my work in a gallery setting which makes me wish to have my own gallery some day,” said McLellan.