Grenfell arts student Lucas Morneau offers lesson on photography

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Lucas Morneau speaks during a presentation on the history of photography at the Corner Brook Museum and Archives Friday.

By Adam Harnum

Star Staff Writer

CORNER BROOK There might not have been many in attendance at Lucas Morneau’s presentation on the history of photography, but those who were stayed entertained and focused.

“It was very interesting and a good opportunity to come to the museum as well,” said Heather Wellman, who was one of just two to attend.

Wellman has always been driven toward the art of photography — ever since her days of being a member of her high school’s photography club — which is what attracted her to attending the session.

Wellman said, following the session, that she was most astonished at Morneau’s research which indicated that the digital camera was first introduced in 1975.

“I was really surprised to find out how old digital photography is,” she said, adding that she had no idea it was around in the 1970s because it hadn’t surfaced until the late 1990s when digital technologies were beginning to be known and used.

The Corner Brook Museum and Archives continued with its series of children and adult activities Friday afternoon with a Lunch and Learn informative session hosted by summer student, Morneau.

Along with his PowerPoint presentation, Morneau also brought along some of his own older film cameras to demonstrate the progression of change to which different camera models — such as the 35 mm — have undergone over years of development.

“It was interesting to see older models of cameras and get to have a look at them,” Wellman said following the presentation.

Morneau said the size, design and make of the original film camera has been altered significantly since the proliferation of more modern, digital cameras. However, he further went onto say in the presentation to explain that the quality of photography taken with digital formats are not always as high as those from film.

“With using film, you can actually get higher quality photos than you can using digital,” he informed his audience.

 Following the presentation, Morneau left his audience a message to take home with them.

“Don’t throw it (film camera) out the door — just leave it there because you never know what could happen in the world of photography,” he said, then adding that film could make a complete turnaround and become popular again.

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