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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, July 21, 2002

BYUH grad's aloha to Hawai'i is art show

By Victoria Gail-White
Advertiser Art Critic

'Parting Shots'

Thursday through Aug. 16

7 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays

55-220 Kulanui St., BYUH Campus, La'ie


Michael Sarafian, a graduate of Brigham Young University-Hawai'i,Êis a photographer and Web designer who uses photography as a basis for his Web designs. In September, he is returning to his homeland, Australia, and "Parting Shots" is his tribute to time spent on O'ahu.

The exhibit consists of color photographs taken with 35mm and digital cameras, black-and-white photographs and slides. Sarafian has taken thousands of photographs and though still young in his craft, has created some beautiful images that deserve mentioning.

"Moana," a color photograph that is focused on the patterns of light and water, appears to be a black-and-white print at first glance. However, the upper left corner exposes a triangle of azure that transforms the photograph.

Sarafian's affection for Hawai'i's natural environment is evident in "La'i," taken at Manoa Falls and "Oki," in Hau'ula. "The snapshot of a camera allows us to slow down life," he writes in his artist statement.

Life will be a bit more active at the opening of the exhibit Thursday at 6 p.m. Sarafian has scheduled Hawaiian entertainment for the event. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of his photographs will go towards a matched-value scholarship fund at BYU-Hawai'i — a good way to say aloha.