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Senior's first art show is Nov. 12-25 at McCoy

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

New Albany's Riley Gundlach got close to nature -- literally -- for her senior seminar project.

The culmination of the 17-year-old's project is on display Nov. 12-25 at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 E. Dublin-Granville Road in New Albany.

Gundlach learned to take macro, or close-up, nature photos with photographer Earl English of Powell.

Gundlach said she took some photography classes in high school only for credits and learned she liked photography. However, she said, she had never worked on a macro level and "it was like a whole new world."

"Seven or eight months ago, she told me she had a project and she wanted to go out with me and shoot and learn tips and things about photography," English said. "We've been working together now for the last three or four months and she's come along just phenomenally."

English said Gundlach suggests different angles and has an amazing eye.

"We go out and shoot, and she looks at things, she presents some nice angles, looking at something down low or something up high," he said. "Her composition has really grown."

English said he worked in a professional photography studio for 30 years and took portraits and wedding photos before becoming an arts photographer.

Gundlach said she learned how important lighting is from English and was surprised when they would go out in poor weather.

One day they went out in the rain and she was discouraged until she noticed water droplets on a flower that provided "some really creative photos."

Gundlach is framing 25 of her photographs for the show, which, she said, is much harder than it looks.

She said she learned that images sometimes have to be altered when printing to obtain the highest quality, and the image must be free of dust and fingerprints when it is framed.

The opening reception for Gundlach's show is 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 12. She said she will be on hand to talk about the photographs and desserts will be served.

Gundlach said she plans to attend college next year and study early childhood education. She said her interest in art will help her teach children.

"Through my teaching, I want to incorporate more of a creative side to help students learn," she said.

The senior seminar project is a graduation requirement at New Albany High School. It requires students to research an idea, create a product or complete a project, and document 80 hours of work.