Fall 2020 GCC Photo Club

Letchworth Photo Exhibition
Megan Gilman, GCC Photo Club Vice President

On Saturday October 17, 2020, Genesee Community College created its first socially distant photography show. The show took place at the Finger Lakes Trail located at Letchworth State Park from 10:00am till 12:00pm. The theme of the show was 2020: Unprecedented Times. Artists were asked to take photographs of anything related to the current events that have happened during this year such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the protests on social/racial injustice, or even the presidential election. It was a very open-ended theme, which allowed the participants to become creative with their subject matter. The results were show-stopping. Photo club received a total of 14 submissions, including international photograph submissions from students located in the countries of Japan and Curaçao.

GCC Photo Club placed each photograph and label on a clothesline between trees. The photographs were measured and placed six feet apart to meet social distancing guidelines. Also the attendees from the Photo Club wore face masks around others to keep the area safe for viewing. Since the show was located on a popular running trail, there were many people who stopped and enjoyed the show. Furthermore, there were quite a few photographs taken of the show to document it and our hard work.
The show was a new experience that many got to enjoy. This year has been far from easy, and it has challenged all of us in some way or another. We persist forward, and become stronger everyday with the help of hope.

This show represented a feeling of connection and reflected various views on current situations. Members of GCC’s Photo Club are looking forward to planning future pop-up shows within guidelines to protect ourselves and others.
For more information about GCC’s Photo Club, please contact the Photo Club officers and/or Professor Joe Ziolkowski. There are Photo Club meetings via zoom, every Thursday from 12:30pm-1:10pm for anyone who is interested in joining!