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Wednesday March 22, 2017 at 1:11pm Age: 2 yrs
Category: High School, District


To add value and meaning to her photography program, art teacher Kat Hoolan looks for ways to make connections between student projects and the community.


A project that offers such an opportunity is the scanning of negatives and old photographs. In years past, Mrs. Hoolan’s students have scanned and cleaned old photographs belonging to local war veterans. This year, she turned to Facebook to ask for sets of negatives that had never been printed. 

“I am nervous giving you these negatives because they are all I have,” Jessica Briecke said to Mrs. Hoolan when she trusted her and her students with 300+ negatives of her wedding. Married 20 years ago, she and her husband never had a wedding album.


Bridging the technologies of film and digital, a few of Mrs. Hoolan students are taking on the slow, methodic process of scanning the negatives. “It takes about 30 minutes to scan 16 images. With one scanner, I'm going to guess it will take two-three weeks to complete,” Mrs. Hoolan said.


Once the negatives are uploaded to a computer, the students will use the clone stamp tool of Photoshop to remove dust and small blemishes.


Jessica Spears, a senior, was the first to scan a batch of the Briecke’s wedding negatives. “I think it’s awesome that we can do this for the family. They’ll have them forever now,” she said.


Jessica was attracted to the project because she favors film over digital. While she plans to pursue a major in physical therapy, she also envisions having a photography-based business of her own in the future.  


An upcoming scanning project involves slides of Korean War times owned by the grandfather of one student.