Pho­tographs by 18 North­eastern Uni­ver­sity stu­dents who studied abroad last fall are on dis­play at Gallery 360, offering glimpses of life from around the world.

Each photo —a land­scape, por­trait or action shot — reveals a moment that rep­re­sented the student’s global expe­ri­ence in its essence.

Michael Rizzo, who studied in Cape Town, South Africa, sub­mitted a photo of a tightrope walker in a beach­side shop­ping district.

This tightrope walker was attracting a large crowd just as the sun was set­ting, sil­hou­et­ting the spec­ta­tors and tightrope walker him­self,” Rizzo said. “This moment is very reflec­tive of the sense of life and energy that exists on the street in Cape Town, some­thing I haven’t expe­ri­enced any­where else.”

Daniel Robinson, who studied in Japan and sub­mitted an image of the Daibutsu (Great or Big Buddha), said looking for oppor­tu­ni­ties to shoot inter­esting pho­tographs helped him find easy-​​to-​​miss inter­sec­tions between a modern city and its history.

One of the many things I was deeply touched by while living in Japan was its ability to house both vast con­tem­po­rary cities and an over­pow­ering nat­ural beauty and his­tory,” Robinson said. “Often while walking through a mas­sively crowded inter­sec­tion, you might spy an incred­ibly quiet and well-​​kept shrine or temple between con­crete apart­ment build­ings, or some­times even atop a sky scraper. Within the 24/​7, neon men­tality of a mega-​​city, there was beau­tiful, unmatched tran­quility. Upon dis­cov­ering these hidden con­trasts came an incred­ible emo­tional rush for me, and it was this sort of feeling I meant to cap­ture in the pic­ture I took of the Daibutsu.”

After shooting a photo of a cresting wave in Byron Bay, Aus­tralia, Matthew Annese couldn’t wait to spend his 21st birthday surfing.

Need­less to say we sprinted back to the hostel and grabbed our boards. The rest of the weekend was filled with amazing waves and good friends,” Annese said. “This is still one of my favorite shots. The ‘A-​​frame’ wave in the back­ground, com­bined with the trees and mural-​​painted shower in the fore­ground come together to make a nice shot sym­bol­izing Aus­tralia and my time abroad.

The eclectic array of pho­tographs shows the wide assort­ment of expe­ri­ences North­eastern stu­dents have studying out­side of the United States. The show includes pho­tographs taken by stu­dents in France, Italy, Aus­tralia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Chile, South Africa and Spain.

Each year, the Office of Inter­na­tional Study Pro­grams (OISP) asks stu­dents to submit photos from their expe­ri­ences abroad, many of which hang in the program’s office. This year was the first time that stu­dent work of this kind has been dis­played in a Uni­ver­sity gallery.

The photos are quite beau­tiful and the land­scapes are quite striking,” said OISP director William T. Hyn­dman III, who added that many of the photos show stu­dents con­necting with for­eign cul­tures as more than  tourists.

And that’s not easy, obvi­ously,” Hyn­dman said. “It’s much easier as a stu­dent to just explore the country on it’s sur­face, to travel around on the weekend and put pins in a map. But our goal is for them to really engage in the cul­ture. It’s always fas­ci­nating for me what stu­dents bring back and show us as their photos.”

The gallery show was orga­nized by Jacque­line Fer­rante, a co-​​op stu­dent working at Northeastern’s Curry Stu­dent Center, where she is involved in arts pro­gram­ming. The stu­dent pho­tographs were dis­played along­side a show called  “Amer­ican Pat­terns” by artist Andrew Woodward.

We thought it would be inter­esting to have some­thing from abroad to go with that show,” Fer­rante said.

The pho­tographs will be on dis­play at Gallery 360, located in Ell Hall, through Aug. 24.