Last week we visited a photography exhibition collecting works by current and former Virginia Tech students headed by our own team member, Cat Piper.
This was all about making a community for photographers; I wanted to have a yearly exhibition where we as a community came together and celebrated photography. Photography has become this medium where it can be done without thought; a quick snap of the iPhone and it’s proclaimed as “photography.” I wanted to bring it back to the roots, without digital screens but to see a photo printed on paper, to take time to appreciate the photograph.
I’ve always talked about how cool it would be to have my work along with others in a gallery, but it was all just talk until this year. This summer I decided I would plan a gallery that showcased all the diverse talent in Blacksburg. The idea went through many iterations, and at first it was primarily myself making all the decisions. However, soon after both Jun Yu and Jake Sells volunteered to help me plan. From then on we started working as a unit, which helped tremendously. I’m hoping to make this a yearly event where we feature more and more photographers and begin to carve our place out in Blacksburg.
Written by Cat Piper
Photography taken from Visual Memoirs