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Photography Student Works on Susquehanna River Project

Author: Kayla Cropper
Photo of bridge taken by Hannah Close

After taking her first darkroom class in high school, Havre de Grace native Hannah Close fell in love with photography. When she decided to further her education, Close found that Tyler's Photography Department was a fit for her.

"I wanted to be further away from home than Baltimore, and Philly is a great city," Close said. "Both of my parents went to Temple, plus Tyler was a beautiful, brand new facility. By far the nicest facilities of any of the art schools I applied to."

Now Close is a senior and has recently been awarded both a Diamond Peers Teaching Award and a CARAS Project Grant.

With the grant, Close was awarded $1,900 to spend next semester assisting with research and production on a project at the Susquehanna River.

"I am working on a project to photograph the Susquehanna River from its beginning in Cooperstown, NY down to where it reaches the Chesapeake Bay," Close said. "I have been going to all the towns along it, all of the bridges and dams that cross it and any overlooks. Its like a 300 mile long river, so its a big project to take on, which is why the grant is so helpful."

Her goal is to create a large body of work from the trips that she makes. This will include large scale panorama prints, images for her senior thesis show, and making an artists book about the project.