AMES, Iowa – Take some time to visit the 4-H Camera Corps’ exhibition, “Rural Iowa Architecture.” Fifty photos of rural Iowa architecture taken by 4-H boys and girls are on display at the St. Mark Lutheran Church gallery in West Des Moines.
The free exhibit is on display at the St. Mark gallery Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 8.
Photographer Tim Florer, Cumming, Iowa, led the group of 68 Camera Corps participants. The young photographers are 4-H members in grades four through 12 from Iowa, Kansas and Arkansas.
“Usually, we see 4-H photos in a mass at the Iowa State Fair,” said Mitchell Hoyer, 4-H youth development program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “We did something different this year with Tim’s connections with the gallery. We were trying to expose the youth to a different part of the photography world.”
Thirty-six students’ photos are featured in the exhibit. Matthew Blink, of Marshall County, received the Director’s Choice Award; Abigail Parker, of Wright County, received the Media Choice Award; and Jacob Henderson, of Muscatine County, received the People’s Choice Award. Each winner received a special ribbon to display with his or her photo and a T3 Canon camera provided by Canon and the H.B. Leiserowitz Co., Des Moines.
“Photography is one of the largest project areas in 4-H in Iowa,” Hoyer said. “We’re trying to extend students’ photography skills and challenge them to take photos of unique subjects through the Camera Corps.”
About Iowa 4-H Camera Corps
The Iowa 4-H Camera Corps was founded in 2004. Nationwide Agribusiness, with assistance from photographer Tim Florer, sponsors the 4-H Camera Corps project to give interested 4-H members a way to expand their photography skills. Through the “Rural Iowa Architecture” project, it is hoped 4-H’ers develop great photos and learn about the history of architecture in rural Iowa.