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NECC Student Photo Exhibit at Haverhill Library

Submitted by on June 19, 2012 – 1:41 pm
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"Home Away from Home" taken by Katie Moran

A 75-piece photography exhibit titled “Body of Light,” featuring the works of Northern Essex Community College students in the Basic Photography and Beyond Basic Photography continuing education classes will be displayed at the Haverhill Public Library on the second floor from June 30 through August 11.

This event is free and open to the public. The photo exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours. An opening reception will be held July 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All photographs will be for sale, but will hang until the end of the exhibit. To purchase a photograph contact Jennifer Lyons at the library at 978-373-1586, ext. 617.

“This body of work represents the effort and outcome of these students,” according to photography instructor Jodi Sammons Feil, a professional photographer and artist with more than 18 years of experience. “Through a series of projects, students were challenged to reach out of their photographic comfort zone and interpret light as a compositional tool.”

One moving portrait titled “Home Away from Home” taken by Katie Moran of Salisbury features her husband Sgt. Michael Moran, a former U.S. Marine, pensively holding a folded American flag. The flag, given to him by the marines in his former company who he served with in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq in 2006, was flown in the Nimruz Province of Afghanistan in honor of his absence in 2011.

“This photo symbolizes the brotherhood these Marines shared, and the simple reminder of “once a Marine, always a Marine”. Although he was not present at the time of the flag flying in his honor, it is a constant reminder of the leadership passed on to his fellow Marines at the time of his deployment, and the comfort that it will live on in distant battlefields from now until the end of war,” according to his wife Katie.

Digital Dimension

Digital Dimension by Mike Lemay

Because of the popularity of these noncredit photography classes Northern Essex is developing a new noncredit photography program set to begin this fall. It will include classes in Advance Light Projects –Intro to Flash Photography, Studio Lighting, Portraits/Weddings/Photojournalism and Commercial/Advertising/Editorial.

The classes will be taught by Jodi Sammons Feil, owner of Rhapsody Studios and editor of North Shore Weddings Magazine as well as David A.Petty, owner of DPImaging and a commercial photographer. Class sizes are limited to 12 students.

For more information on the photography exhibit or the noncredit Photography Program contact Mary Shattuck, program manager of NECC Workforce Development and Community Education, at 978-659-1237 or