A collaboration between Pistachio Press and a SUNY Brockport photography student.
Text of Pistachio Press: Letterpress Wedding Invitations
Pistachio PressLetterpress Wedding Invitations
Letterpress from:Pistachio Press250 Goodman St N Rochester, NY
Flowers fom:Arjuna Florist78 Main St Brockport, NY 14420(585)
Photography from:Brit Profit PhotographyRochester, NY
The Corporation for National and Community Service states,
Service-learning offers a unique opportunity for Americas young
people to get involved with their communities in a tangible way by
integrating service projects with classroom learning.
Service-learning engages stu-dents in the educational process,
using what they learn in the classroom to solve real-life
prob-lems. Students not only learn about democracy and citizenship,
they become actively contrib-uting citizens and community members
through the service they perform.
With this process I chose to work with Pistachio Press in
Rochester, New York in order to implement and apply my learned
knowledge and techniques from my advanced photography class at SUNY
Brockport. For this collaboration Pistachio Press asked me to
photograph a sampling of their letterpress wedding invitations for
use in their catalogs and promotional ma-terials.
This collaboration was quite a learning experience for me and
truly pushed me beyond the limits I had set for myself. In the past
I had primarily worked in portraiture and had no inter-est of every
leaving that genre. However, through service-learning I was
encouraged to step outside of my comfort zone and broaden my
photographic skills, and that I did. I would have never dreamed Id
love commercial photography as much as I do. I found a sense of
peace and relaxation in creating small sets and working with
various forms of controlled lighting in order to capture the beauty
of the letterpress invitations; something Id never find in the
hustle and bustle of portraiture.
With each set of invitations I wanted to capture a very close
detailed image of the finely crafted letterpress in hopes to truly
show illustrate the exquisiteness of the medium. I also wanted to
create a small set that could serve as a background enhancement for
the overall view of each group of invitations to make each image a
bit more interesting.
I have no doubt that my skills as a photographer grew
tremendously as a result of this col-laboration. I was pushed to
find solutions and in that search I explored many possibilities and
developed new techniques. For anyone who is interested in
service-learning I cannot recom-mend it enough. Not only is it a
valuable learning experience for the student but it gives
busi-nesses a bit of help while gaining feedback from an outside
source; truly a wonderful collabo-ration.