The Gettysburg Seminary Fine Arts Council presents “On the Road to Tulear,” an exhibit of 16 photographs by Jack Hernstrom on the first floor of Valentine Hall. The July 1 – October 18 exhibit features images of Madagascar from a mission trip to the Tulear Synod, the Companion Synod of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in July of 2008. “These photographs are a testimony to the beauty of the island of Madagascar, the Malagasy people and its indigenous wildlife, unique in all of creation,” says Hernstrom.
The Rev. Jack Hernstrom is one of three pastors serving The Mid Mon Valley Lutheran Parish, a cooperative ministry of six churches in the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA. After being called to the ministry he attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, graduating in 2003. Previously he had a graphic design career spanning three decades. At Ohio University in Athens, he studied industrial design and film. He served as the president of the student film society where he developed an appreciation for film and still photography.
In 1970 Hernstrom bought his first Nikon camera. He still has it. He left college to work for The Fisher Scientific Company in the art department, later finishing his degree in Athens. He then worked for various small studios and returned to Fisher Scientific. At one time Hernstrom worked for an animation company in Pittsburgh where he designed collateral material and photographed pre-computer animation and film strips using an Oxberry animation camera supported by a stand almost the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. Eventually he began his own graphics business, HernstromDesign. Throughout his career he never stopped doing photography and now donates his spare time to helping Gettysburg Seminary with photography for their publications. He also uses his photography around the parish and to raise awareness of his synod’s relationship to their Companion Synod, the Tulear Synod of the Malagasy Lutheran Church in southwestern Madagascar. Hernstrom will return to Madagascar in August to further that relationship.
The black and white photographs in this show are for sale. Framed sizes are 9 x 12 inches, 12 x 16 inches and 20 x 25 inches. For questions about this exhibit, or about the Seminary’s Fine Arts Council, call (717) 339-1311.