Vieni Con Me: A Journey Through Italy Behind the Lens, an exhibition featuring photos by Jennifer Nagel, a senior pursuing a B.F.A. in photography, will be on display in the Borland Gallery on the Penn State University Park campus, February 4-15, 2013. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. A reception will be held Friday, February 8, at 6:00 p.m.
“Cropped in the camera frame, Vieni Con Me is the truest description of Italy through photographs from my perspective,” Nagel says. “This series allows me to revisit the time in my life where I was honored to call Italy my home.”
Nagel describes Vieni Con Me as seeing beyond the tourists. “As I spent four months traveling through the magnificent land of Florence, peaceful fields of Tuscany, populated areas of Rome, and unique environments of Venice, I strived to look beyond the overwhelming tourism and examine this unfamiliar world to find reality in what seemed unreal.”
For example, “Bird Flying Over Water” was a photo taken on the Arno River near the Ponte Vecchio Bridge in Florence. “The beauty found in these European towns is unlike what one can find in the United States. The culture, art, smells, sights… even the birds seem to take on a much different personality than what I have seen in my homeland.”
Nagel started photographing in high school. “My interest came out of pure boredom. I wasn’t thrilled with academic studies, and I couldn’t paint or draw, so I picked up a camera and began looking at the world differently,” Nagel says. “It wasn’t until the latter portion of my junior year of high school that I took photographing seriously, having won second place in an art exhibition at the local community college. After that, photography became more than just a hobby, it became a profession.”
To learn more about Nagel, visit www.jennifernagelphotography.com.