Lensman shares his vision with students

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal Staff Writer
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A group of Placer High photography students had a chance to see the world through Steve Chandler’s eyes Tuesday. Instructor Elise Ryerson and her advanced photography class walked over to Latitudes Tuesday afternoon to meet with Chandler, an Auburn photographer, and to go face to frame with some of his large-scale photos, on display at the restaurant through the Oct. 9 Auburn Art Walk. “It’s to show them that they can do it for a living and that it doesn’t just happen inside our four walls,” Ryerson said of the field trip. Chandler shared childhood memories of his first photography kit with the group. “I remember that feeling of being very intrigued by that material, by that image,” he said. Chandler has been taking photos for years, but has only been working with digital photography the past five or six years. “I found this and I thought, ‘this is too much fun,’” he said. Chandler said it’s pretty easy to get sucked into photography. “It’s a way of being pretty outlandish and pretty fanatic and pretty silly,” he said. It’s also something that takes an intense amount of dedication, Chandler said. “This work is actually play, but there’s a lot that goes into it,” he said. Chandler asked for feedback from the students, wanting to know what they’re experiencing, what they’re photographing. Senior Kat Eich said she liked shooting what was in her life, what she was going through. “It’s a spiritual, soulful journey,” Chandler said, agreeing. Eich said afterward that she really enjoyed the field trip over to Latitudes. “I think it was really cool,” she said. “I’m glad I got to meet someone with as much talent as his.” Junior Shelby Keller also liked holding class with Chandler, surrounded by his photos, which focus on subjects from wind turbines to skylines. “I think they’re all amazing, and I think they’re all beautiful,” Keller said. “It was a good opportunity for us because there’s not a lot of opportunities to see photography.” The Journal’s Loryll Nicolaisen can be reached at, or comment online at