[slideshow id=1]

Three Lafayette College photography students were invited to participate in Art Quest’s, “InVision Juried College Photography Competition.” The Show is part of the InVision Photo Festival taking place November 5-7 at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA. The show opening will take place at the Banana Factory’s Banko Gallery on November 5th at 6 P.M. The public show will be highlighting the work of a dynamic group of student photographers from around the country. Internationally known photographer, Larry Fink and Executive Director of Lehigh University Art Galleries, Ricardo Viera, judged the competition. The InVision Photo Festival is an annual festival focused exclusively on photography. The Festival will include workshops and lectures by world-renowned photographers. Larry Fink will be the InVision Artist In Residence and will be giving a presentation the night of the opening. In addition to the College Photography Exhibition there will also be a show called “InVision MUSE” highlighting emerging artists and the masters who inspired them as well as the “Photo Design Project Exhibit” focusing on how the art of photography is changing the lives of disadvantaged young adults.

The three talented Lafayette College students were selected to have their work exhibited are; Hannah S. Rhadigan (class of 2011), John Fedak (2013), and Benjamin Herchenroether (2012). These three students have taken multiple photography courses at Lafayette College taught by Ms. Greta Brubaker and Ms. Karina Skvirsky. Herchenroether’s photographs were taken at a “My Morning Jacket” concert at the end of August 2010. He appreciates music and photography and wanted to explore his interest by documenting one of his favorite bands. Herchenroether explains, “Finding good shots was challenging because I couldn’t really move around much, but I enjoyed getting to experiment a bit with different approaches. The lighting was great throughout the set, which gave me a lot of opportunities and ended up being a key part of the successful photos I took that night.” His photographs that are being shown were taken in a low-light setting, and show dynamic movement through the use of a slow shutter speed. He was thrilled to be announced as a winner in the InVision Festival. His colleague, Jack Fedak also has a passion for photography. He “…enjoys photography because it makes you think twice about what you are looking at.” Fedak’s photograph is a reflection of the sky in a whirlpool of water. “I was fascinated by it [the whirlpool] and had to take a bunch of pictures and flipped some off them upside-down and loved the effect that the sky was falling.” Fedak explains, “With my photography, I don’t really try to express myself, but prefer to show the moments around us that quickly flash by. We are constantly doing so many things, that it can be hard to slow down and live in the moment.” His classmate, senior, Hannah Rhadigan also abides by this motto. She has been studying photography since her freshman year and fell in love with the medium. Rhadigan’s black and white portraits were taken in Honduras in July 2010 while accompanying a Lafayette based economic project. She “set out to capture humanity behind economic empowerment.” She strove to show her subjects in their natural surroundings. She believes in capturing the essence of time, living in the moment and feeling the power of a second in time. She described her trip as “being able to see something without living there, and capturing the moment that says so much.”