Ordinary Magic Exhibit Features Photographs Taken by Area Students

Ordinary Magic - Friends School of Wilmington

Monday, May 21, 2012

Ordinary Magic Multimedia Slideshow: http://www.uncw.edu/mac/gallery/2012ordinary_magic

Ordinary Magic: Disposable Camera Photographs by New Hanover County K-12 Students will be on view at the Art Gallery at the University of North Carolina Wilmington Cultural Arts Building from May 24 through August 31. An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 24 in the gallery space. The reception is free and open to the public. The gallery will also be open Monday through Thursday from noon until 4 p.m. during the summer.   

In the spring of 2012, 100 disposable cameras were distributed to public and private schools throughout New Hanover County. The resulting 2,700 photographs taken by K-12 students comprise Ordinary Magic. The exhibit consists of one print from each school and a slide show of all the photographs taken throughout the project.  

As recently as 15 years ago, K-12 students may have never used a digital camera, while most regularly took photographs with point and shoot or disposable film cameras. Today, the opposite is true-most K-12 students in 2012 have used a digital camera, but perhaps not film. Disposable cameras are notoriously anticlimactic with a flimsy feel and quiet click of the plastic shutter. What's more, unlike digital, the results are not immediately visible.

The photographs taken for this project will remain a mystery until the opening. The suspense created by analog film photography and the subsequent surprise of seeing all the resulting images is part of the magic of this event. Each student's suspense is paralleled by all of our surprise at the images this widespread camera distribution will yield. What remains certain is that the results will be an exciting and unexpected view of the county through the eyes of youth.      

The gallery is located on the ground floor of the Cultural Arts Building, near the building's main entrance on the corner of Randall Parkway and Reynolds Drive. To access either from South College Road or Racine Drive, take a left as you enter the campus area onto Randall Drive. There is visitor parking directly in front of the Box Office entrance to the building.

Media Contact: Caroline Cropp, 910.962.7109