RIT photographers are setting up plays as their team prepares to score big among photography buffs and football fans deep in the heart of Texas.
RIT’s longtime Big Shot photo project is headed to Cowboys Stadium, home of the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys, on March 23 in Arlington, Texas.
Students, faculty, staff and alumni will join residents of the Arlington and Dallas areas to make a spectacular nighttime photograph of the exterior of Cowboys Stadium, the largest domed stadium in the world. This will be RIT’s 28th Big Shot.
The project relies on the participation of hundreds of volunteers to provide the primary light source for the image while RIT photographers shoot an extended exposure. The Big Shot is often described as “painting with light” because volunteers are asked to “paint” or shine their light source onto a particular area of the landmark while the photograph is taken. The light sources are either handheld flashlights or camera-flash units. Thousands of volunteers are expected to participate.
“This is an amazing opportunity for RIT because of the technical challenges to produce a nighttime photograph of a landmark of this size,” says Michael Peres, one of the Big Shot organizers. “We are excited to capture the beauty of the architectural nuances of Cowboys Stadium from the domed roof to the glass façade. We invite all of Texas to come out on March 23 with their flashlights and be part of something really special.”
Volunteers should arrive no later than 7:30 p.m. and need to bring either a flashlight or a camera-flash unit and are asked to wear dark clothing. Lighting teams will be assigned and placed around the exterior of the stadium.
“We look forward to being a part of this unique photo experience with RIT at Cowboys Stadium,” says Charlotte Jones Anderson, Dallas Cowboys executive vice president. “From our past experiences with the arts and education at Cowboys Stadium, we believe the North Texas community will be very supportive of this project and embrace the opportunity to be part of a unique community event like the Big Shot.”
RIT is raising money to send students to the event. Faculty and staff from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences volunteered to be drenched in a dunking booth set up outside Gannett Hall in October. Nearly $350 was raised. Sponsors include RIT’s Office of the President, the Division of Student Affairs, the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office and Nikon Inc.
Ben Lubin, a fourth-year imaging and photographic technology student from Marlboro, N.J., secured a grant from the McGowan Family Fund for $5,000 toward student travel.
“This will be my first Big Shot and I’m looking forward to meeting a bunch of RIT alumni and witness the massive crowds that the event is expected to draw,” says Lubin. “With each new development, I’m only getting more and more excited to go.”
This is the second time in Big Shot history that a Texas landmark has been the subject. In 2001, hundreds of volunteers lit up the Alamo in San Antonio for RIT’s 16th Big Shot.
To learn more about the Big Shot and to pre-register to participate, go to www.rit.edu/bigshot.
To see a video of the dunking booth fundraiser, go to the RIT University News YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/RITUniversityNews and search for “RIT Big Shot Fundraiser.”