The opening reception for a student photography exhibit Saturday at the Center for History, Culture and Art, in Apalachicola, heralds a great exhibit all month long

The Franklin County High School’s Creative Photography class is an elective, year long course consisting of 20 high school students with varying degrees of art background. This course, taught by Lydia Countryman, has goals and objectives aligned with the Florida Department of Education’s State Standards.

Students spent the first nine weeks studying the elements and principles of photography while getting to know the basic features of the digital cameras assigned to them. During the second nine weeks, students completed photo assignments to stimulate creativity and encourage the development of a photographic style. Students roamed the school’s campus and environmental bayside lab for their photographic endeavors. The students also had opportunities to take photo field trips along the water’s edge in Eastpoint and to the streets in Historic Apalachicola.

The photos in the exhibit were selected by the student photographers, and Countryman, to be viewed as part of their Portfolio Review. The bright, bold, hand painted photo collages and “I AM” poems were inspired by the Pop Art style of artist Andy Warhol. Their semester exam will consist of a review of their digital portfolios and the completion of all photo assignments from the first semester.

The student exhibit will be open for public viewing the entire month of December, Tuesdays through Saturdays.