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Darkroom vs. digital <br> Kenan showcases work of teen photographers

A padlock coated with ice, a pair of ballet slippers, a dead bird, green apples on a red brick walk -- these were among the images that inspired the teen photographers in the Kenan Center's Storrs All High Photo Show.
Kenan Executive Director Susan Przybyl at Sunday's awards reception praised "the diverse work of our gifted students" as she welcomed students, teachers, parents and grandparents to the 22nd photo show, which was renamed in honor of longtime Kenan volunteer William Storrs. The display continues at the Kenan House Gallery, 433 Locust St., through April 22.

The showcase of work from 28 schools includes photos developed with chemicals in the darkroom and many that reflect the wonders of digital photography. "Every year the show gets better and better and better," observed Lew-Port photo teacher Mike Townsend.

The coveted $100 best school award went to Honeoye Falls-Lima High School. Teacher Harold Coogan said Monday that half his entries were digital and half were darkroom-processed. "Digital has changed everything on how fast you can learn certain concepts, just to see the results from something so immediately. But nothing beats a good darkroom print." His student, Jeff Smith, won the NeXt Vision Award for Excellence for "Apples," a photo he shot in his back yard. "I was experimenting with color and shape relationships, trying to arrange the composition to make it interesting," said Jeff. He used a digital camera to take the photo but says: "I think darkroom is very important because you learn a lot of the basics there." Honeoye Falls-Lima junior Steve Wilbert used a 35-millimeter camera to shoot an old railroad bridge, then solarized it in the darkroom to create the image that won Best Urbanscape. "I like pictures of old rusted things," he said.

Depew art teacher Heidi Peccia said her students "understand the manual camera but they love the instant gratification of a digital." Depew junior Nicole Martek won Best Portrait for a black and white self-portrait she transformed with a halftone filter in photoshop "to make it look pixelized."

Clarence senior Ashley Finkney photographed the beach scene of blue water and golden sand that won Best Landscape Award during a family vacation last summer to Lake Michigan. "It was really pretty there," she said.

"Fallen Bird" won Best of Show/commercially processed for Greece-Athena senior Jake Lesio, who said he happened upon the dead bird in the garden of the George Eastman House in Rochester during a school field trip.

Best of Show/student processed went to Erin McDowell of Lancaster High School for "The Look of the Sixties," a hand-processed photogram painted on acetate with India ink and corn syrup. Photo teacher Nancy Mariani said her student Nicole Schmidt "played with the effects" in photoshop to give ballet slippers a metallic glow in the "Bronze Slippers" photo that won honorable mention.

Ice inspired Williamsville East senior Jacob Tanenbaum's "Watered Down Cycle," which won Best Computer Generated Image award. He said the photo, shot at Niagara Falls after an ice storm, is "a combination of the pathway to bridge, the bridge and the view from the bridge." and was intended to reflect "the different forms of ice, the different strengths of ice." Jacob said he likes digital photography because "it gives you the ability to combine images in a way that wasn't possible 20 years ago."
The winners were selected by photographer Ed Healy, who is also communications director for the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau. Buffalo News staff photographer Sharon Cantillon selected the winners of the three awards that were donated by The Buffalo News/NeXt. Prizes were cash awards and Headlines & History books from The Buffalo News.

>Other prize-winners:

Photojournalism: Rebecca Armstrong of Medina.
Best Black and White, Gwen Nardi of Honeoye Falls-Lima.

Best Color, Brandon Ho, Greece-Athena

Best Still Life, Jeri Neden, Newfane

Best Sports Award, Audrey Rath, Medina

Best Architecture, Sara Burgess, North Rose-Wolcott

Best Waterscape, Justin Allen, Honeoye Falls

Best Floralscape, Victoria Converse, North Rose Wolcott

Best Animal, Kyla Dillon, Wheatland-Chili

Merit Award certificates went to:
Amherst, Annaca Schmitt
Attica, Michael Erk
Cassadaga Valley, Caleb Erb
Churchville-Chili, Caitlin McNaney
Clarence, Karrie Meyers
Clyde-Savannah, Elizabeth Jones
Depew, Kerstin Stock
Fillmore Central, Karen Rohe
Grand Island, Keith Wegrzyn
Greece-Athena, Steve Ozminkowski
Honeoye Falls-Lima, Alex Cairo
Kenmore East, Joni Becker
Kenmore West, Kate Calleri
Lancaster, Nicole Schmidt
Lew-Port, Adrianne Robinson
Lima Christian, Jillian Douglas
Marcellus, Kristen Naczi
Medina, Tyler Fox
Newfane, Olivia Wills
North Collins, Kristin Kreuder
North-Rose-Wolcott. Alicia DiLella
Pembroke, Sarah Finkney
Springville-Griffith, Elliott Gurney
Sweet Home, Jessica Alventosa

Tonawanda, Ashley Saunders

Wheatland-Chili, Diane Schmitt

Williamsville East, Anya Kester

Williamsville North, Brittany Vohwinkel.

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