In the year 1993, an immigrant from Thailand registered at the North Idaho College and studied 2 courses which changed his whole life. Last week, that former student Noppadol Paothong told that first he had to learn English as a 2nd language. Then he learned wildlife photography that could be a career opportunity.
These days, he uses his talent and lenses to raise awareness for decreasing wildlife and its habitats in the United States. Some critics told that Noppadol Paothong published the single most impressive collection of snaps documenting the North American prairie grouse.
Initially Noppadol was more interested in graphic design, but he altered his gears when he was in a wildlife photography course by Tim Christie. The communication instructor of Coeur d’Alene turned into a role model. The immigrant from Thailand was really fascinated which Tim could combine his photography skills as well as his love for fishing, hunting and nature to publish pictures in the country’s top outdoor magazines.
In the year 1997, Noppadol was still a NIC student, when he started winning awards for his photography and this is the time when he sold his first snap. A Thailand magazine bought a picture of a bald eagle which he snapped during forty days of bitter cold visits to the Lake Coeur d’Alene with his camera gear during the winter eagle gathering.
He went through a journalism program as well as sharpen his skills as a newspaper photographer till the year 2006. That time, he got his dream job at Missouri Department of Conservation, that is celebrated for its award winning publications.
Last week, Michael Kolster, an Associate Professor of Photography, was handed the esteemed Guggenheim Fellowship that will help Michael in his present photography program called – Take Me to the River. The Guggenheim Fellowship is considered as a very high honor.
The Guggenheim Fellowship site – around two hundred recipients are chosen from a bunch of around four thousand people. Michael Kolster told that this is a river program and he has been working on for a some time now which examines American rivers. It is interesting that this actually took place that the program actually co-occurs with the 40th anniversary of Clean Water Act.
Michael’s focus on US rivers as well as their histories of pollution started with his interest in Androscoggin River. He and Matthew Klingle, the Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, utilized the river as a mechanism to acquaint himself with Bowdoin’s surrounding region.
Kolster told that they realized that as transplants, they both had a connection and interest this place they lived in and they wanted to get to know it more. We realized that both of them shared an interest in the river. Another thing that attracted Michael was the surprising history of the river. This river was one of the 10 most polluted rivers in America and it was in really bad shape 40 years ago. He and Matthew spoke to a professor who did a study of the river back in 1970 and saw no evidence of life in the waters. It was fully a dead river.
It is a program which might excite photography lovers – Guinness World Record seekers as well as people who cannot get enough of the Cowboys Stadium. School of Photographic Arts and Sciences of the Rochester Institute of Technology will set up their yearly Big Shot light painting exhibit at the huge venue the evening 23rd March. Organizers expect to draw at least five thousand volunteers willing to shine camera flash or a flashlight while an extended exposure picture of the stadium is captured.
The Big Shot, which is in its 28th year, has caught same pictures at the Alamo, the USS Intrepid in New York, the Pile Gate in Croatia, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC and the Royal Palace in Stockholm.
All participants have to register by Monday at the website – www.rit.edu/bigshot. In exchange for around 2 hours of their time, they will get a link to finished product, said RIT’s professor Bill DuBois, who came up with the new idea for the Big Shot with his colleague and friend Michael Peres in the year 1987.
He told that everyone who is taking part in the event will have to access the final picture. It would be launched to the world media shortly after the last exposure. The final image would be published to a website for all participants to enjoy. They would be able to make prints from this file. The event organizers are in talks with Guinness to make a category for most people involved in a picture.
When the 3rd Don crossing at the Tillydrone was handing the green light, to some people this marked an era’s end for the pastoral nature spot, and for others it was really a call to action.
Lesley Bilton-Cruickshank is someone whose childhood was spent by River Don. Ont time she and her daughter walked along the river banks. Her love for the area triggered an idea – to capture the variety of life by river.
The forty four year old photographer told that she was reading a lot of Facebook pages about how sad people seemed to be about the new bridge so that inspired her to get a collection of images together to show how loved the river is. It is just a beautiful place to go and spend time. She used to sit and teach her daughter all of the Latin names of the trees they saw.
She added that people think it will just be a complete disaster but the main thing about the bridge is the noise impact. It is quite tranquil down there right now and once the noise pollution comes in things will change dramatically.
The photographer set up a pace on Facebook to invite people and ask them to give pictures of their old experiences by the river for an exhibit named Don Diversity: A Photographic Retrospective. Lesley told that till now she had a whole lot of attention. The point of this exhibit is to get people who are really interested in the region to take snaps, whether it is on their pro camera or in their iPhone.