Finding beauty in something seemingly ordinary, remembering tiny details and experiencing the therapeutic qualities of art are among the many reasons executive members of Knox’s Photography club love their craft. During Admitted Students Day in Alumni Hall, Photo club displayed printed abstract photos and a digital slideshow of the club’s recent trip to Starved Rock State Park to catch the eyes of prospective students.
President and junior Elena Iatropoulou-Bannat mentioned that photographers of any experience level are welcome to join and that members do not need to own a camera.
“Photography doesn’t start in the camera, it starts in your head,” Bannat said. “If you don’t have a $5,000 camera lens, that’s fine. There are so many aspects to [photography] that don’t even get started in the camera, and everyone can do it.”
Photo club offers a variety of equipment and resources for members to utilize such as a Polaroid camera, film and access to a studio and darkroom. Treasurer and senior Dyamond Bruce shared her interest in traditional film photography and mentioned that she is looking forward to “teaching [members] the basics and starting from the bottom.”
The club’s recent spike in popularity has caused many students to think that the group is brand new, but Photography club was actually created years ago. Its large executive board, strong management of public relations and adequate funding have allowed members to more efficiently advertise upcoming events, which has increased awareness on campus. The growth of the executive board has also increased the club’s scope of activities both on and off campus.
A typical meeting usually consists of going for photo walks around Galesburg in which members may be encouraged to capture specific elements or themes. Public Relations Manager and sophomore Sachika Goel shared examples of these suggested categories such as shadows, colors or shapes. In the spring or fall, the club makes their annual trip to Starved Rock in LaSalle, IL to explore and engage with nature. The club’s executive board hopes to plan even greater excursions such as an overnight trip to visit the St. Louis Art Museum where members will study professional photographers’ work. Goel shared that the group is also entertaining ideas of observing professional artists and making a trip to New York City.
“We’re going to look at the photographers’ points of view and help us grow through that É we’re trying to have that experience of looking at an artist and converting [their ideas] into our own work,” Goel said.
Each executive member interviewed expressed that their main goal is to help other members learn about themselves strengthening their skills in photography and enjoying art.
Photography club meets on Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Taylor Lounge.