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16-Year-Old Garrett Geyer Credits Patricia Henley Foundation Program For His Success


June 13, 2011, Santa Barbara, CA
—This month, get close up to some of the hottest stars in rock through the lens of local rising star photographer and Santa Barbara Teen News Network (sbTNN) alumni, 16-year-old Garrett Geyer.

SOhO Restaurant & Music Club in Santa Barbara is hosting a solo exhibition of Garrett’s recent work, featuring Katy Perry, Phoenix, Maroon 5, Jack Johnson, Shakira, the Stone Temple Pilots, The Black Crowes, OK Go and more. The exhibition, entitled Up Close & Personal, will be on display at SOhO from June 17th through July 28th, 2011, and will wrap up with a closing reception and fundraiser for sbTNN on Saturday, July 23rd from 5-7 p.m. at SOhO.
Thanks to sbTNN’s assistance in arranging his access to events like concerts and movie premieres, Garrett has had the opportunity to photograph these musical artists. Garrett likes to “go macro,” or get up close and get personal. His motto “the closer, the better” is reflected in his pictures.
Until Garrett became involved with sbTNN, photography was just a hobby. Through sbTNN Garrett was first able to take photos of stage performances and youth musicals. As Garrett’s photography skills flourished, he was able to take his photographic skills to the next level by shooting concerts and the red carpet action at movie premieres, including the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The SOhO show marks Garrett’s third solo exhibition following closely on his recent one-man show during First Thursday in April.
sbTNN is a teen scene variety program highlighting community events, arts, recreation, music, sports and trends with a weekly television show and social media presence. Students in the program learn stage performance and interviewing techniques along with basic cinematography and broadcast journalism, with hands-on access to editing software, cameras and sound engineering. sbTNN is produced weekly during the school year and broadcast on Santa Barbara Channels Channel 21, at Noozhawk.com, sbTNN.com for easy access online on their Facebook, Vimeo and YouTube Channels. Each newscast features segments produced by students from nearly every public and private junior and senior high schools in Santa Barbara and surrounding areas. Interviews for next season are happening now; call 568-3600×114 to schedule your appointment.
Date: Up Close & Personal photography exhibit on display June 17th – July 28th, 2011. Closing reception Saturday, July 23rd from 5-7 p.m. Battle of the Bands 2010 winner False Puppet will be performing.

Location: SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St., Santa Barbara

Hours and Admission: Call SOhO at 962-7776 for more information on viewing times

Visit facebook.com/GarrettGeyerPhotography to view more of Garrett’s photographs

The sbTNN program is sponsored by the Patricia Henley Foundation and is free of charge to all 30 teens who are involved in the program each academic year, thanks to the support of donations from individuals and local business that sponsor a teen’s participation. For more information or to sponsor a teen, visit www.sbtnn.com or call (805) 568-3600.

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