“Fermilab Examined” exhibits works of art from Fermilab Photography Club

Steve Krave’s photograph “Experiments Past” is one of many photos of Fermilab that will be on display until Jan. 26 in the Fermilab Art Gallery. The exhibit comprises fine-art photos of the lab taken by members of the Fermilab Photography Club. Photo: Steve Krave, TD

Today the Fermilab Art Gallery unveils “Fermilab Examined: A juried exhibition by members of the Fermilab Photography Club” on Wilson Hall’s second-floor crossover. It is the first-ever art exhibit dedicated solely to photographs of the lab taken by the Fermilab Photography Club.

An artist reception for the exhibit will be held in the Art Gallery on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 5-7 p.m. The selected photographs will remain in the gallery until Jan. 26.

Jesus Orduna, a physicist for the Mu2e experiment, has been a member of the Fermilab Photography Club since its formation in 2011. Orduna is rarely seen without his camera, which he totes around — while traveling to and from work and between lab buildings during the day — in hopes of snagging the perfect photo op.

“Most of my nicest pictures have been taken that way,” he said.

Orduna hopes “Fermilab Examined” will inspire the club’s roughly 60 members to meet more frequently and plan future exhibits. A Fermilab-focused exhibit is an opportunity for them to get excited about the group and become more involved, he said.

“I think it’s awesome,” he said. “I spend a lot of time taking pictures, so getting some of them to show in something like this is really nice.”

The photographs displayed in “Fermilab Examined” range in subject matter from lab buildings and equipment to foliage and wildlife seen around the grounds. Barb Kristen, an administrative assistant in the Particle Physics Division, said she mostly focuses on nature scenes but is working on branching out into portraiture.

“Fermilab is a great place to take photos; it changes every day,” Kristen said.

Kristen’s work has been featured in previous Fermilab exhibits, and she is optimistic that the photography club will continue to participate in them as it becomes more established and cohesive. She said she enjoys these events as a way to recognize the lab’s photographers and their various skill sets.

“It feels really nice to know that somebody thinks my photographs are good enough to put on display,” she said. “It feels really good.”

To join the Fermilab Photography Club, subscribe to the mailing list “photography” on Fermilab’s list server.

Sarah Witman