A second chance to watch WXXI's newest documentary
By Norm Silverstein ~ Posted Tue, 09/06/2011 - 5:28pm
There has been an amazing tradition going on in Rochester over the last 25 years -- one of which you may be an enthusiastic participant, or of which you may have no knowledge. The RIT Big Shot has been capturing unique photos of buildings and locations in the Greater Rochester area since 1987.
This year's Big Shot took place at the National Museum of Play at The Strong, and was documented in high definition by WXXI for our new local production, The RIT Big Shot: Painting with Light. WXXI-TV/HD presents an encore broadcast of its newest documentary on Monday, September 12 at 10 p.m. More than 1,000 volunteers convened at the museum this past May and used flash lights to "paint the building with light" as photographers from RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences captured the scene using an open shutter and the dramatic technique of timed exposure.
What started as a project to get RIT's School of Photographic Arts and Sciences' students excited about electronic flash photography has turned into an annual nighttime event that brings a whole community together. More than just being dramatically gorgeous, these photos actually document history, and act as a stunning preservation of our local treasures. Over the years it isn't just regional locations such as the inaugural shoot at Highland Hospital, the George Eastman House, Silver Stadium, Rundel Library and Mt. Hope Cemetery – the Big Shot has captured images from around the world including The Alamo, The Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden, and The Pile Gate in Dubrovnik, Croatia. WXXI's RIT Big Shot program will also include never-before-seen footage of the 1999 Big Shot of the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City.
WXXI has long-embraced RIT's ambitious endeavor, and plans for the documentary have been in the works for several years. We often think of ourselves as curators of our community's history. Programs such as Restoring a Masterpiece: The Renovation of the Eastman Theatre, and Memories of Midtown not only preserve stories and images of our past, but also open eyes and ideas to future efforts.
If you didn't catch the premiere last Thursday, or just want to see it again – I invite you to watch The RIT Big Shot: Painting with Light Monday at 10 p.m. to see every Big Shot photo, hear from the people involved, and discover the rich history and fascinating stories that WXXI's RIT Big Shot provides.