An Adventure to the MoMA

With their cameras, students were ready to head to a new location in the park. They stopped along a small body of water to capture the reflections of the trees on the water. This was towards the end of the trip and many students were taking a minute to soak in their surroundings.

Upper school photography students boarded the buses buzzing with excitement as they headed to New York City for a day of exploration and all things photography.

Students visited the MoMA to further engage in the principles of photography outside of the classroom. The trip was split up into two groups; the first group went on November 1st and the second group went on November 10th.

Upon arrival at the MoMA, students took a tour of the photography collection with a tour guide, allowing them to engage in taking active notes and answering questions relating to how the images affected the students’ emotions. They then looked at Wolfgang Tillmans’s exhibit “To Look Without Fear” with the goal of creating a photographic project on a piece of artwork of their choosing.

One of the famous photographs in the museum is the photograph of Frank Ocean by Wolfgang Tillmans used for Ocean’s album titled “Blonde”. “It was really cool getting to see the Frank Ocean picture in person,” said sophomore Carly McKirgan.

The Filmmaking class joined the second round of the field trip and took the bus down to New York City. Instead of joining the Photography classes in the MoMA, they walked to Central Park and filmed in different locations such as the water, the carousel, and the ice skating rink.

For the Filmmaking class, this trip was part of their first major project of the school year. They will accumulate all the clips they recorded and put together a music based short film with no dialogue.

Sophomore Maggie Yalmokas said, “I really enjoyed walking around the park and taking in all the nature and animals. Getting outside of the classroom and into a productive environment where I was able to apply what I had learned in class was beneficial. We got to film different animals, buildings, and ponds at different angles.”