This summer, a brave group of fearless student photographers trekked across the 1120 mile circumference of Iceland, working endlessly for the perfect shot in a world of extreme conditions and landscapes. Led by Assistant Professor Knut LSG Hybinette and Assistant Professor Megan Ehrhart, the Tarleton Study Abroad Landscape Photography class (June 17 – July 3, 2016) climbed precipices and narrow pathways, lugging along heavy SRL cameras, lenses, and tripods with determination as they battled cold, windy, wet weather — conditions never experienced before in the hometowns of Texas. Ready and equipped with all-weather gear, students Matt Vanderpool, Maria Beasley, Cliff Beasley, Amanda Conners, Angelica Carlisle, Ellen Marie Daugherty, Case Galbraith, and Brittany Inman worked at all hours in the eternal northern summer sunlight, determined to capture some of the innumerable magical moments throughout Iceland’s multifarious and often Jurassic fantasy worlds. The route was pre-planned by the professors, but there were no cookie-cutter guided tourist trips for this group.
We set out on our own customized, often off-road, adventure to experience as much diversity of land as possible. Up narrow and loose gravel pathways, we drove and climbed up mountains, volcanoes, hiked across acres of mossy lava beds, and great rift valleys such as the continental divide. We explored both flowing and frozen bodies of water, magnificently grand watery fjords, deep and swift waterfalls, rivers, blue and milky-white lagoons, oceans, and massive glaciers. Each student shot approximately 4500 photos for the course of at least 50 major Icelandic landscapes. Some specific notable landmarks captured on film included Dettifoss waterfall, Reynisfjara beach, Jokulsalron glacial lagoon, Kirkufell, Blue Lagoon, Geysir, Seljalandsfoss, Namafjall, Vatnajokull Glacier and many more. We took nature on by storm (often, literally), but one of our greatest challenges was to find food — especially on the east coast of Iceland, where population is scarce. Iceland’s national food is the hotdog. They are available everywhere, even gas stations, and we ate more then we ever imagined was humanly possible.
Iceland is also quite expensive. Hot dogs cost about four US Dollars; Coke, three dollars; pizza and hamburgers, ten. Occasionally, students bought groceries in local food stores when they were available. Some students were brave enough to eat some of the regional fare, such as whale and reindeer burgers, puffin meat, and “Skyr” (a sour-tasting
Icelandic yogurt). No one was brave enough to eat the famous rotten shark meat, but a few really adventurous students did brave the KFC. Needless to say, the Tarleton Iceland Landscape Photography Study Abroad course
of 2016 was a huge success. Students learned hands-on techniques in all lighting and weather conditions – environmental challenges to even the most adept professional photographer. We plan on offering this course in a regular rotation for Tarleton’s summer study abroad program in the future, with the addition of possible aerial photography to landscape opportunities.
The Floating Dream 2015
Tarleton State University’s Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Gallery of Art proudly presents the first exhibition of the 2016-2017 season, A Singular Sense of Urgency by Hannah Cooper McCauley. The exhibit will be on view from Aug. 29th through Sept. 30th. She will be presenting at Tarleton on September 20th at noon.
A Singular Sense of Urgency is a series of photographs about growing up, filtered through experience and imagination. Hannah was inspired by her youth moving across the southern U.S. with her father who was a Baptist minister. As she has developed new roles in adulthood, she has continued to explore the theme of transition in her work,encapsulated within the genre of magical realism. The photographs in the exhibition are a personal investigation of loss, of the physical kind, as well as the kind of loss that occurs when transitioning to maturity.
Hannah Cooper McCauley (b.1989, Tupelo, MS) received a BFA from Jacksonville State University in 2012 and her MFA from Louisiana Tech University in 2016. Cooper McCauley’s work has been exhibited in group and solo shows at various venues internationally, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Vermont Center for Photography, Photo Beijing 2014, and the 2014 Pingyao, China International Photography Festival. Hannah has been published in Photo District News as well as Aint-Bad Magazine. Most recently, she was named a finalist in Photolucida’s Critical Mass Top 50 competition, as well as a winner in the 2015 Lensculture Emerging Talent Awards. She is currently teaching photography and digital art at TMI-The Episcopal School of Texas in San Antonio.
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