On July 8, Merchandise Product Development Student and SF Social Ambassador Mehanaokala Pilago attended the Digital Art Gallery Experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mehana's friend and FIDM classmate Laine tagged along with her. The art gallery was presented by Sofitel Luxury Hotels and Daylighted, a San Francisco-based fine art consultancy. It featured local artists of the community, including Am StÃ¶hr, Hal Eastman, and Derek James Lynch. Read below to see Mehanaokala's recap of the event.
Written by Social Ambassador Mehanaokala Pilago
A tall, older man introduced himself to us as Derek James Lynch, one of the photography artists of a multi-sensory digital art display. As we introduced ourselves and started to speak about our journey in Product Development at FIDM, he was very interested with our backgrounds in dance, and the places we gathered our inspiration from. His photographs were shown at an extremely technical slow shutter speed, featuring a women frolicking through grass. Lynch then began to tell us the story behind these images.
He was visiting the Big Island of Hawaii â€” which happens to be my hometown â€” when he saw a woman skipping across the street. Wearing a long gown that flowed with the wind, he was immediately inspired by its movement, and found a way to perfectly capture that moment in a still photograph. Swallowing his pride, he approached the woman and asked her if she would be interested in doing a photo shoot with him a few days later. On the day of the photo shoot, Lynch waited in a grass field for her, questioning if she would ever show up. To his surprise she appeared a few minutes later. As he shot photos with his film camera, he didn't know what the photographs would look like until they were fully developed.
He then stood in front of us with a happy grin on his face, staring at his photographs on the digital screens before our eyes. His images captured raw movement and emotion. It was an honor to meet such a humble, talented artist, and truly inspiring to chat with creative individuals of distinct fields. I thank FIDM for giving us the opportunity to experience this modern showcase.
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