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Hampton Bays’ Jarno Huttunen Wins Photography Invitational

Hampton Bays resident Jarno Huttunen’s thought-provoking and striking photographs have won the Under the Influence Student Invitational, an art show consisting of more than 20 students from Long Island and New York schools.

The invitational exhibition will run until June 29 at Fotofoto Gallery in Huntington. Huttunen, a photographic imaging major student at Suffolk County Community College who is originally from Finland, was recognized for his work while interning at the college’s media services department. Professor Gayle Sheridan, associate professor of media services, said, “It is gratifying as an educator to see Jarno’s work receive such attention. He is an amazing artist who I know will be successful.”

Of the Fotofoto Gallery’s 21 artists, 11 are photography teachers representing The International Center of Photography, Long Island University C.W. Post, Nassau Community College, Suffolk County Community College, the Knox School, and Wantagh High School, according to the gallery’s website. Each teacher selected two students to be included in the show. Out of the portfolios submitted, the participants in the invitational were asked to prepare one framed piece for the show.

Alfred Lindberg, 22, a Swedish student and liberal arts/science major played striker and forward on Suffolk County Community College’s soccer team that is nationally ranked and a regional champion. Lindberg lives is Deer Park with a host family and hopes to remain in the United States to continue his education.
Alfred Lindberg, 22, a Swedish student and liberal arts/science major played striker and forward on Suffolk County Community College’s soccer team that is nationally ranked and a regional champion. Lindberg lives is Deer Park with a host family and hopes to remain in the United States to continue his education.
Photo credit: Jarno Huttunen
Riverhead resident and Riverhead High School graduate Marta Czaplak, 20, a shooting guard on the Suffolk County Community College women’s basketball team this past season was a liberal arts/science major who plans to transfer to Florida Southern College to pursue her goal of becoming a physical therapist.
Riverhead resident and Riverhead High School graduate Marta Czaplak, 20, a shooting guard on the Suffolk County Community College women’s basketball team this past season was a liberal arts/science major who plans to transfer to Florida Southern College to pursue her goal of becoming a physical therapist.
Photo credit: Jarno Huttunen
Ruben Terrero, 20, is a 2012 Brentwood High School graduate who attended Suffolk County Community College for two years, majoring in electrical engineering. A point guard on Suffolk’s men’s basketball team, Terrero is continuing his education at Farmingdale State College in pursuit of a career in engineering.
Ruben Terrero, 20, is a 2012 Brentwood High School graduate who attended Suffolk County Community College for two years, majoring in electrical engineering. A point guard on Suffolk’s men’s basketball team, Terrero is continuing his education at Farmingdale State College in pursuit of a career in engineering.
Photo credit: Jarno Huttunen

Huttunen said, “These pictures are about me and my life… I want people to know my work and me… I’m not afraid to express myself anymore.” Huttunen had been travelling to Long Island during summers when he was required to return to Finland for a mandatory nine months of military service. He then returned to Long Island to continue his dream of photography at Suffolk County Community College.

“Jarno’s work is compelling, thought-provoking, and simply beautiful,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay, who said he has asked for Huttunen’s student-athlete photos to be displayed in his office.

For more information about the Under the Influence Student Invitational and Fotofoto Gallery, visit fotofotogallery.org.

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