Palomar College students, along with friends, family and members of the community attended the Enlightened Lens Photo Exhibit.
The event opened Jan.17. at the Hearth Gallery in the San Marcos Community Center.
Palomar students submitted over 200 images to the show. The photo exhibit is a juried show, meaning students can enter a number of images that are then juried down by Palomar faculty members to about 60 to 70 images.
“Like all the teachers in our program, we’re always trying to get work out there. It’s pretty exciting to have work out in the community as well and that’s why we do this for the students,” said Palomar Professor Donna Cosentino.
Cosentino has been at Palomar for over 20 years. She began these photo exhibits at empty storefronts in Escondido back in the nineties.
She also puts on a similar photo exhibit at the Escondido Municipal Gallery during the month of December. The Palomar College photography department has provided an excellent program for their students for over 60 years.
Students whose images were part of the show also made their way into the exhibit throughout the night.
Among the photographers in attendance was Paul Francis Jr., whose “Merlin’s Mist” archival pigment print image was a part of the show.
Francis said his image came out better than he planned, being that he forgot his tripod and had to get down on his stomach and knees to capture his piece.
“I enjoy photography. I enjoy the ability to capture a moment in time and have people enjoy it for years to come,” said Francis Jr. said.
The exhibit will continue on until the end of February. Those who would like to view the gallery can do so at the Hearth Gallery in the San Marcos Community Center where free parking is available in the parking structure.
Digital imaging, alternative processes, portfolio production, portraiture and commercial photography are some of the many courses offered by the department.
Other classes include history of photography, photojournalism and on-location landscape photography.
These courses allow students to improve their skills as well as become educated on what they love to do.
For more information on Palomar’s photography department or to find out how you can purchase a photograph from the exhibit, contact Donna Cosentino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions specific to the San Marcos community center, feel free to call the center at (760) 744-1050.