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News Journal Center OFF-SITE EXHIBITION PARTNERSHIPS
Southeast Museum of Photography's exhibiting partnership with the News-Journal Center at Daytona State College


YOUTH IN FOCUS

Featuring Wyatt Peck

January 23 – July 31, 2016

This exhibiton is located at the News-Journal Center at Daytona State College
221 N. Beach Street, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Photograph of International truck on beach with ocean behind it
International, Daytona Beach, 2014 by Wyatt Peck
“Photography has opened many doors to go places and see things that I never would have experienced without a camera in my hands. Photography is what my brain is geared for—it’s how I think.”

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Our Youth In Focus series is a collaborative effort, providing the unique opportunity for a young artist to be personally involved in producing their very own solo exhibition. It encourages young artists to envision and thoughtfully plan and produce a complete body of work to be shown in a professional setting. It is designed to further both the artist's and the public's understanding and appreciation of the visual arts.

The second installment of our Youth In Focus series features the work of Wyatt Peck, an 19 year-old photography student who recently graduated from Warner Christian Academy. He came to the museum’s attention through his continued involvement with our educational programs over the past three years and has amassed an impressive portfolio of images.

The work on display is distinguished by a variety of artistic styles, but is cohesive in its overall strength of vision; the use of contrasting colors, a skillful balance of light and shadow, a controlled use of line and form as well as an intuitive sense of timing enhance his depiction of the natural environment and other subject matter. He utilizes—to great effect—both a traditional approach as well as more experimental techniques.

Please join us in celebration and support of this young artist and his accomplishments!


ARTIST STATEMENT


When I purchased my first digital single-lens-reflex camera in 2008, I thought of it as a means to record moments with family and friends, and perhaps take some vacation or travel photos. In other words, it was something I expected to use only on occasion for a quick snapshot or two, but probably not much more than that.

My camera, however, turned out to be an important investment, a tool that I gradually came to appreciate over the next few years as I experimented with its capabilities and delved into online tutorials, hoping to learn from various professionals and even other students like myself. The more I read the more actively I photographed and this led me to an interesting conclusion: this could be my career.


“I love the challenge of finding an interesting subject that may be missed if I am not in the right place at the right time. I like when there is an element of freezing that exact moment ." Wyatt Peck
Time lapse photograph of red and yellow sparks over water
Sparks, Daytona Beach, 2012 by Wyatt Peck

I photographed anything and everything that caught my eye. I became interested in starting my own business in 2011, after taking family portraits for various people. The shoots went quite well and I gained confidence and began to branch out and market to a larger community.

Meanwhile, I was still attempting to learn as many new techniques as possible, taking journalism classes at Warner Christian Academy and in the summer attending the Digital Photo Academy at the Southeast Museum of Photography. I immediately liked that the academy provided me with the opportunity to photograph in a variety of different environments, and allowed me the time to work in the commercial and portrait studios. I felt challenged to think creatively, find interesting subjects and really fine tune my skills. I also received helpful and encouraging feedback from my instructors as well as individuals that visited the final Academy exhibition. I have attended the Academy for the past three years and feel as though I have grown a great deal as a photographer. I have also continued to pursue my own side projects and business ventures and have produced a number of portfolios.

I’m currently enrolled in my first semester at Daytona State College and my goal is to obtain an AA in business and bachelors in photography.



All photographs are Digital Inkjet Prints.

Photograph of sunset tiki huts and palm trees Photograph of sign blurred by rain on window Photograph looking through a window in an old stone wall to see ocean

Sunset in Bonaire, Bonaire, 2011
by Wyatt Peck

Beacon, Daytona Beach, 2012
by Wyatt Peck

Salt, Bonaire, 2011 by Wyatt Peck


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Exhibitions and programs at the Southeast Museum of Photography are supported in part by Daytona State College, Volusia ECHO and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on the Arts.

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