Laying sideways just inches from the water, Naser Alawadhâ€™s elbow skimmed the roaring currents at Rocky Mountain National Park to capture a photo now being displayed in the Lory Student Center. It may have been uncomfortable, but it was worth it.
â€œAt the Surfaceâ€ is just one of 20 of Alawadhâ€™s photos part of the new student display in the LSC.
Three years ago, Naser Alawadh was living with his family of seven in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Today, Alawadh is a CSU student studying nutrition who has gained a love for photography and a new perspective.
Located on the first floor of the LSC are photos taken by Alawadh, capturing nature and landscape all the way from Kuwait City to Colorado.
â€œMoving to the U.S. gave me the opportunity to start over, itâ€™s a whole new life,â€ Alawadh said. â€œI wanted to show my love for photography and show people what I see in nature and how I see it.â€
Going from Los Angeles to Fort Collins gave him a new appreciation for nature. He said Los Angeles was too much of a city.
â€œI need to be somewhere with peace and nature. It keeps me sane,â€ Alawadh said.
Doug Sink, coordinator for the LSC, said how CSU students can request to have their artwork displayed. Beginning with a review process, Sink evaluates studentsâ€™ works and tries to choose displays with diversity. Once selected, artwork runs for five weeks.
In the past, the LSC featured a student art lounge where multiple displays showed off talented Rams. Later replaced with student organization offices, Sink said he wanted to make it his priority to showcase more student art.
â€œIts been an endeavor of mine to try to bring that back,â€ Sink said.
And the new display hasnâ€™t gone unnoticed by students on campus.
Freshman biology major Amanda Louis thought the vibrant colors made for an eye-catching reaction.
â€œIâ€™ve never noticed artwork there before, but the strong colors made it hard to miss,â€ Louis said.
Another perk that comes with Alawadhâ€™s recent success: Heâ€™s already received offers from people interested in purchasing photos.
Featured with Alawadhâ€™s work is a notepad for viewer comments and critiques.
Alawadh found the responses to his work to be encouraging and positive.
â€œI had no idea my photos would be so popular,â€ Alawadh said.
â€œIt makes my day to read all of the comments. Itâ€™s really encouraging and makes it all worth it.â€
If youâ€™re interested in having your artwork displayed in the LSC contact Sink at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff writer Allison Knaus can be reached at email@example.com.
On the display
- Exhibits change every five weeks
- All pieces are studentâ€™s work
- To get your artwork displayed, contact Doug Sink for information at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started with the review process