Ashburn, VA (November 6, 2016) – Art students in Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) high schools are enjoying a master class in photography, thanks to a guest artist.
Loudoun County photographer Sarah Huntington visited classes at Potomac Falls High School on Monday, October 17th. In the Art I class, Huntington gave students a brief history of photography. She introduced students born in the digital age to 35 millimeter film cameras and took them on their first trip to the wet dark room.
Huntington recounted her journey to becoming a professional photographer. It started in high school when she worked on the yearbook and newspaper staffs. From there, she studied art at Corcoran School in Washington, D.C. After graduating, she moved to Loudoun County to raise her family and set up her studio in Purcellville.
Huntington shared a slideshow of some of her work. The slideshow included photography across several disciplines, including wedding, portrait, animal and still life.
She encouraged students to experiment in all artistic fields during their education. “As you proceed in your art education, you’re going to see, in this day and age, it all sort of comes together – it’s integrated. Your photography, your design, your fine arts, even… video. So you’re going to have to study all of the facets if you want a degree in art now. You need to do a little bit of everything and then figure it out, because the world has gotten more complex in the digital age with technology. It’s exciting because you can do a lot more with it.”
Huntington closed her presentation by sharing her photo history book with the students. Huntington published “In Their Own Words: Recollections of an Earlier Loudoun” in 2012 with Sarah Waldron. The two profiled important figures in the Loudoun County community.