While Conserve School has been blessed with many talented student photographers over the years, I am especially excited for the student work this semester because we have added Nature Photography to the elective choices and the course is being taught by Jeff Rennicke who is not only an outstanding English teacher, but also an accomplished professional photographer. You can see some of Jeff’s photographic work at his website: http://www.jeffrennicke.com/photography/. Here is the description for the new elective course:
Nature Photography: In this course we will look at the power of photography from its creation to today – its role in nature art, the environmental movement, adventure, as well as developing a personal sense of place. The goals of this course include introducing the students to the increasingly important body of work known as Nature Photography in America and around the world. Students will study the history of photography, the mechanics of how a camera operates, the work of influential photographers from historic times to the present, the power of photography in the environmental movement, as well as artistic components such as composition, depth of field, and more. It will challenge students to study both how humans see and how cameras record an image, and give them the tools to convert their vision into a photograph. Each student will build a personal portfolio of photographs – from environmental portraits to macro work to wildlife photography – for display and critique and study the business of publishing and exhibiting photography.
All students are encouraged to share their photographic talents with the community. I have attached a few images that three students captured early this semester. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Head of School
Conserve School provides a semester-long immersion for high school students in environmental studies and outdoor activities that deepens their love of nature, reinforces their commitment to conservation, and equips them to take meaningful action as environmental stewards. Thanks to the generosity of Conserve School’s friends and its founder James Lowenstine all accepted students receive significant scholarship support.