'Europe by Digital' Exhibit Opens at SUU Library and an Artist's ReceptionSeptember 14, 2005
Author: Renee Ballenger
“Europe by Digital,” a collection of about 25 breathtaking photos of European scenery taken with a relatively simple digital camera, will be on display September 15 to October 29 in the Gerald R. Sherratt Library.
Jon Smith, Associate Professor of Communication and Communication Department Chair, took the photos with a relatively small, simple, automatic digital camera while on sabbatical leave fulfilling a Fulbright Scholar position in northern Portugal last fall.
The show will encourage and challenge the amateur photographer to capture stunning images with digital technology. The photographs were minimally enhanced and printed with software provided with most basic of digital cameras -- showing that expensive software and advanced manipulation is not necessary.
Included in the photographs are well-known scenes such as the Coliseum in Rome and the Leaning Tower in Pisa. The pictures also depict lesser-known images of sailboats on Austrian lakes, street vendors in Morocco and an open market in Portugal.
Smith used a variety of photographic techniques including longer shutter speeds that show blurred headlights and fast shutter speeds to capture beach gravel flying in the waves. The camera was also tested in extreme contrast situations, low-light, and using the various settings of the zoom lens.
Smith began working at SUU in 1989 and has taught more than 1,000 students in various introductory and specialty photography courses. He also teaches broadcasting and mass media courses. In addition, he has won national and regional awards for his television documentary productions.
Proceeds from any sales of the prints after the show will go toward scholarships in the SUU Communication Department.
A reception with light refreshments on September 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. will recognize Smith and allow viewers to discuss the exhibit with him. The exhibit is made possible by a grant from the SUU Faculty Development Committee and cooperation of the Gerald R. Sherratt Library.