Natural landscapes are Kat Andonucci’s favorite subject to photograph, her homing beacon. Heading outside to take nature photos remains a comfort, she said.
When she bought her first camera, Andonucci liked “nothing better than capturing a perfect photo, on a perfect day. My goal is always to preserve that moment in time as realistically as possible, sometimes it’s as simple as just taking the photo, while other times it can be much more complex.”
Each work in Andonucci’s senior exhibit, My Nature, which runs through Dec. 13 in Lightner Gallery inside Lightner Library, has some sort of connection to nature, she explained. From Adirondack Park landscapes, to places near Andonucci’s hometown of Chestertown, near Lake George, to locales visited, mountains hiked or even the nature of a human body, the works all carry the theme of nature.
In her first photography class at Keuka, when she was originally a biology major, she walked into class with a new digital camera only to discover the course was in black and white film photography. Thankfully, her mother’s old Konica film camera sufficed and Andonucci fell in love with the entire process of taking images from film to print.
The exhibit features numerous black and white film photos, sometimes contrasted with digital ones.
“There is just such a dramatic change between the two, even though the photos are the same,” she described. “Not everything has to be bright and colorful. I enjoy finding the beauty in the odd things, things that people might often overlook or not necessarily consider to be beautiful.”
Some of those odd things have included chemistry experiments, particularly those that lend themselves to unusual changes of color or form. Last fall, an independent study that Andonucci had conducted in chemistry and photography under the direction of Andrew Robak, associate professor of chemistry, evolved into a specialty exhibit, the Art of Chemistry. The project drew praise from members of the Corning Section of the American Chemical Society, who held a regional meeting on campus during the gallery run. It even landed in Chemical & Engineering News magazine as a feature. C&EN has a circulation of some 80,000 readers.
Andonucci will graduate this December with a degree in visual and verbal art and hopes to pursue work in the field of photography. She said that ideally, she’d like to return to the Adirondacks to work and may contact some marketing agencies in the region as well as work as a freelancer. In addition, she’ll try to to pursue opportunities to show her work in local galleries, she said.
An artist reception, where light refreshments will be served, will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. in Lightner Gallery inside Lightner Library. For daily library hours, please see http://lightner.keuka.edu/