Courtesy photo by Krisnoff Padua.
Courtesy photo by Krisnoff Padua.

Photography exhibit features student talent

The inaugural Fall Student Photo Exhibition presented 70 works that ranged from artistic portraits to abstract images to figures of Roman mythology.

The Luxe Gallery, located in the V Building, was buzzing with activity and filled with a symphony of awestruck spectators and art junkies indulging in the displays on opening day, Nov.15.

Interim City College President Lynn Neault was among
the stream of spectators.

“Amazing, amazing. We never know with students’ work,
it’s very professionally done,” said Neault, as she reviewed in the photographs decorating
the vast white gallery walls.

Among the onlookers in the serpentine-shaped gallery mingled some of the photographers whose works had been selected for exhibit. Some had exhibited their works before, while for others, it was the first time they were being featured in the gallery.

Approximately 200 photographs were submitted to the exhibition, with 70 selected to be displayed.

Some of the participating artists didn’t expect to be picked on their first try in submitting their photographs.

Brandon Mueller, a 26-year- old UCSD graduate in mechanical engineering, made his debut in the exhibit. Mueller’s piece displays a joyful Amish family enjoying each other’s company as they wait for the Coaster train to arrive at Old Town. The photograph is called “Platform 3.”

“You know it’s funny, I didn’t really think this was even the one I was going to ever show,” he said.

Mueller said that his friend had liked the picture and he decided to print it out and submit it. He is wrapping up his first semester at City College and also has attended Mesa College, in addition to UCSD.

“You never know what will catch somebody’s eye,” said Nicole Espina, another UCSD graduate, who is enrolled in City’s certificate program in photography. Espina has had three photographs displayed on a previous exhibit and was back a second time in the student show.

“The point of work is to be seen, especially photography, it’s 100 percent visual so you have to show your work,” Espina said.

Her black and white photo depicted the rocky terrains of Alabama Hills and Fossil Falls in the Eastern Sierras.

The City College Photo Club presented the two-week exhibit, which ended on Nov. 29. The club’s president, Edward Honaker, organized the exhibit, the first time it was held in the fall semester. The club traditionally has held an exhibition of student works in the spring, complete with prizes in several categories.

“We did everything last minute and that was kind of a challenge in and of itself but everybody always seems to have been super helpful just volunteering their time just to hang up work, make name tags.” said Honaker, who is a 20-year-old photography major also displayed some of his artwork. “It’s a really good community here among the students.”

More information about the City College Photo Club is available from Edward Honaker at [email protected] and at the club’s website:

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