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Nostalgia at CONTACT Photography Festival
Posted 05/09/2012 02:53PM

Diamante Development Corp. has provided the venue to showcase these photographic images created by the Grade 10 Media Arts students from Havergal College.

The theme for this year’s exhibition is Nostalgia. The girls came up with a few potentially interesting ideas for a theme, but it was Nostalgia that received the greatest support across the three sections of the Media Arts class. Once the theme was chosen, they were asked to respond to the questions: What does nostalgia mean to me? What does nostalgic look like? Their diverse and intriguing answers can be seen in the photographs in this exhibition.

The girls began the process of creating these images by discussing the allure of nostalgia in their lives and looked at examples at home, in advertising, in music videos and in the retail landscape. It was while they were discussing and researching the idea of nostalgia more deeply that the announcement came out that Facebookä had purchased Instagramä for one billion dollars; in a way, highlighting the value nostalgia currently holds in our rapidly changing world. More than just a photo sharing platform, Instagramä can make your crisp digital photos look like they came from an old, worn out Kodak Instamatic, complete with light leaks, scratches, and uneven exposure. Western society seems to be at a truly post-modern crossroads where modern technology is being used to stimulate and satiate our longing for the past: apps that makes our brilliant digital images look like they came from a cheap 1970s plastic camera; turntables that convert the analog hiss, pops and cracks of LPs into mp3 files: High Definition TV commercials that have been digitally altered to look like they were shot on a hand-held Super 8mm camera. In a similar fashion, almost all the images in this show were shot with a digital camera, and then altered in Photoshop to achieve the desired outcome. Enjoy.

On behalf of Havergal College, I would like to thank Julie Di Lorenzo, a Havergal graduate and mother, and her team at Diamante for hosting our Contact exhibition for the second year in a row. This is Havergal College’s fourth year of participating in the photography festival.                               

Burke Paterson, Art and Media Arts teacher

The 10 x 12” photographs in black frames in this model suite are part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

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