Venice is a city of bridges and canals, of art and history. And, earlier this summer, it doubled as the perfect classroom for a group of Northeastern students studying photography on a Dialogue of Civilizations program.
Andrea Greitzer, a lecturer of digital art and photography in the College of Arts, Media and Design, led the Dialogue. Greitzer, who teaches an introduction to photography course, said many of the program’s students are studying fields like engineering, psychology and neuroscience.
Students took daily classes and completed weekly assignments in preparation for a final photo project focused on a particular theme. They completed two classes during the four-week program: History of Art in Venice, plus either Photo Basics or Photo 1.
We asked three students to share their favorite photos taken during the Venice Dialogue. To view photographs from all students who traveled to Italy for the Dialogue, visit www.neuvenicephoto.com, click on “2012,” and browse through the students’ works.
Frank Rocco, senior chemical engineering major
I wanted to focus on a subject matter that was typically overlooked. Venice’s canals held a variety of seaweed and algae. Each day I set out to photograph the seaweed I found with a focus on composition, space and movement. I am very pleased with my results and the Dialogue.
Laura Beth Solomon, senior civil engineering major
As a civil engineering major, I find bridges very interesting. Venice was an amazing place to photograph bridges because there are canals everywhere. Each bridge was completely unique and connected two different neighborhoods. This bridge was one of the only remaining wooden bridges in Venice. It shows the personality of the Venetians and has character.