Holmes Students' Photography to Be on Exhibit in Downtown Covington

The Holmes Middle School photography club and Holmes High School Launch Pad program will be part of a new exhibition in downtown Covington.

i.imagine is hosting the show at Gateway Community and Technical College's gallery at 516 Madison Avenue/

The show opens with a special reception on Thursday, May 23 from 4 to 5 p.m.

“I am so proud of our middle school students that show up every Tuesday, super excited to pick up a camera and capture their world in photographs," said Shannon Eggleston, founder and executive director of i.imagine. "After sitting in class all day, anywhere from fifteen to twenty-five students choose to extend their day even longer to learn photography and the art of self-expression. This exhibit gives our community the opportunity to see through the eyes of our talented photographers, getting a small glimpse into their souls!

"Every photograph tells a story about a moment in time that mattered to our kids, and for this reason alone, we want to celebrate them.”

i.imagine is a photography-based education non-profit that uses cameras "to empower kids to find their souls and tell their stories." Currently, i.imagine has after-school programs and a summer camp for grades 6-12, reaching approximately 100 kids in Greater Cincinnati this year.

“From capturing portraits with window light to discussing social issues and how to express them in a photograph, we cover a lot of territory. The photographs are great, but the ways in which we connect and bond through this art form are priceless,” said Eggleston.

Separate from Holmes Middle School Photography Club, i.imagine will also feature the work of Holmes High School students that participate in i.imagine’s weekly “Launch Pad” program that meets weekly at Gateway Community and Technical College’s Covington campus. The Launch Pad teaches 21st Century skills in product/studio photography, graphic design and publishing by creating a pet lover’s cookbook called Bone Appetit. It brings together great chefs of Greater Cincinnati and their recipes, as they relate to a special pet.

“One of our favorite chef/pet duos brings together Dave Willocks of The Baker’s Table as he serves up his famous breakfast hash to the Mayor of Rabbit Hash. This project is so much fun for all of us. The kids are learning a ton, growing their resumes, and getting a weekly dose of puppy love,” said Eggleston.

Bone Appetit is scheduled to release in November of 2019.

-Staff report