Student photographers employ talents in supporting pro-life group

Laura Axelson (left), sophomore elementary education major, looks at photos at a fundraiser with Anna Lewis, sophomore undecided major. | Photo by Jacob Moore

By Katlyn Moncada, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Jackson’s Greyhound bus station. Trees and colorful flowers. A monkey and a lion.
All these and more were sold in framed and matted photographs by Union students at “Prints for People: A Photography Exhibition about Life, for Life.” The exhibit was held Sept. 9 at the Steel Fab Inc. lobby in downtown Jackson.
Brittney Julian, sophomore psychology major, came up with the idea to sell photographs for Save the Storks, a Dallas-based pro-life organization.
Julian said the purpose of the event was for “raising funds to buy a Dallas clinic a bus that will have a high-tech ultrasound machine on board.”
Julian said the organization would place the bus in front of abortion clinics in Dallas and use it to give women free ultrasounds, counseling and to share the Gospel with them.
“We want to raise money for them but also raise awareness to the 1.2 million lives that have been lost this year (in the United States) to abortion,” Julian said. “You can have a fundraiser for anything, but the point is to save lives.”
Along with Julian’s own photography for sale, some of her mother’s photos from the ‘70s were also contributed to the cause.
Jim Veneman, assistant professor of communication arts and director of visual communication, contributed a large part in helping with the event’s technical aspects, from getting the prints to finding the venue.
Among those in attendance, Joe Lindamood, junior music education major, came to support of his friends and the cause.
“(The students) are using their talents to glorify God in just a different kind of way to support others and save lives,” Lindamood said.
Beth Spain, multimedia specialist and Union graduate, purchased a large, framed photo containing three smaller photos of birds in a nest.
Spain heard about the event from Julian and Veneman and said it was a “creative way (for students) to use their talents and to benefit a cause they believed in.”
Spain, a photographer, said she saw good quality and variation of color within many of the photographs on display. The photo she chose fit her style and matched the way she photographs. Most of all, Spain said she was moved by Julian’s efforts to use her talents to make the event happen.
“To have somebody who is in his or her younger stages of college making such a huge effort takes a lot of time, a lot of energy,” she said. “That is really impressive, and I wish it was something I could have done while I was at Union.”
Remaining photos will be sold in the Student Union Building Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and also Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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