Dordt College News

Dordt students "shine their lights"

January 11, 2009

Dordt College students were selected to “shine their lights” in a new web initiative by the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC).

The CRWRC launched a website on World AIDS Day as part of their mission to respond to the needs of people who suffer from poverty, hunger, disaster, and injustice. was created to help a new generation be a light at the end of the tunnel of the AIDS crisis, and shine the light of Christ around the world. The site includes a variety of options for young people to do their part to learn about the disease, raise awareness with their friends, and be part of the solution.The advanced photography class worked with nearly seventy students in a light painting event held on campus to create images for CRWRC's Embrace AIDS website.

Dordt students participated in the initiative with Shine A Light Day, held on campus December 1. Dordt’s adjunct photography instructor, Doug Burg, worked with students to create painted light images.

Light painting is done in totally darkened spaces with a very slow camera shutter speed. During the 30 seconds in which images were being digitally recorded, the movement of student models with a variety of colored lighting created interesting motion and light patterns.

“We had great participation at Dordt,” said Julia Keilty from SMAK Publicity Agency, who helped oversee the campus event. She encouraged everyone to go to the website to check out the great images that were created by students. Young people can download the images and use them in whatever way they wish. One way is to send a light postcard to their friends. Once at the site they can learn about the effects of AIDS and how they can get involved in the worldwide fight against AIDS.

Burg hired his advanced photography students to assist with the the December 1 event. They gave participants ideas for their compositions, helped decorate subjects, and did some of the shooting and actual light painting.

About 100 dordt "Shine A Light" photos are now posted at


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