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CRAWFORD | Churchill Downs chosen as subject for nationally respected photo project

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The RIT Big Shot project image from AT&T Stadium in Texas. Rochester Institute of Technology photo. The RIT Big Shot project image from AT&T Stadium in Texas. Rochester Institute of Technology photo.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Churchill Downs has been chosen as the site for the Rochester Institute of Technology’s highly regarded “Big Shot” photo project.

The program relies on the participation of hundreds of volunteers to help light the nighttime images while RIT photographers shoot extended exposure photographs. Organizers call it “painting with light,” and are hoping to engage hundreds, perhaps thousands, of volunteers when they visit Churchill Downs on Oct. 3 of this year.

“This is an amazing opportunity for RIT and we couldn’t be more thrilled,” Michael Peres, associate chair of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences said in a release. “We are excited to capture the beauty and the architectural nuances of Churchill Downs, from the historic Twin Spires atop the clubhouse to the famous Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle. We invite all of Kentucky and Southern Indiana to come out with their flashlights on Oct. 3 and be a part of something they will never forget.”

Volunteers will join RIT students, faculty, staff and alumni for the photo, which will be taken after sunset, at around 9 p.m., no matter what the weather conditions. Gates at Churchill will open at 7:30 p.m. Volunteers should arrive before eight and bring a flashlight or camera flash unit, and wear dark clothing.

Volunteers will be broken up into teams and placed at various places around the track.

Past subjects of the Big Shot program, which began in 1987, include AT&T Stadium in Texas, The Alamo, the U.S.S. Intrepid, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and many others.

“All of us at Churchill Downs are looking forward to being a part of this unique photo experience with RIT that will enable all to view our historic track in a completely new way,” Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery said. “Our track and the Kentucky Derby have long been important parts of life in our hometown and we’re confident that residents throughout our region will want to participate and enjoy this opportunity to be part of a once-in-a-lifetime event like the Big Shot.”
 
To learn more about the project and view photographs of past Big Shot images, go to https://www.facebook.com/RITBigShot or http://bigshot.cias.rit.edu/. The project also can be followed on Twitter at @RITBigShot.

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