From Kangerlussuaq to Casablanca, and Berlin to Burano, around 61 percent of each graduating class has studied abroad for a semester or a year during their time at Bates. Even more join an off-campus Short Term course.

Annually, the college’s Center for Global Education provides access to study-abroad programs in more than 60 countries on six continents.

Those who go away come back, of course. To help returning students reconnect with the campus community, the CGE produces the annual Barlow Off-Campus Photography Exhibition.

Mounted in Pettengill Hall each spring, the exhibition gives students a chance to share with friends, professors, and staff what they’ve seen and experienced. Here are 14 selections from the 19th edition of the Barlow exhibition.

Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Photographer: Ross Ackerman ’19 of Houston, Texas
Major: Biology
Program: DIS Copenhagen

About the photograph: “This photo was taken on the Greenland ice sheet northwest of Kangerlussuaq. I was able to travel there on a study tour for my class ‘Ice Cores and Ice Ages: Greenlandic Climate Change Case Study,’ part of my program on environmental science of the Arctic.”

Ackerman, Ross DIS Fall 2017 This photo was taken on the Greenland Ice Sheet just northwest of Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. I was able to travel here as a study tour for my class: "Ice Cores and Ice Ages: Greenlandic Climate Change Case Study."This photo was selected for the 2019 Barlow Off-Campus Photography Exhibition and shown at the 2019 Mount David Summit on March 29, 2019.

Ross Ackerman ’19


Marrakech, Morocco

Photographer: Sophia Rintell ’19 of Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Major: Sociology
Program: Hamilton College — Madrid

About the photograph: “At the top of the wall enclosing ruins of the El Badi palace, the hot afternoon sunshine casts shadows over sandy stones.”

Rintell, Sophie Hamitlton Madrid Fall 2017 Hot afternoon sun casting shadows over sandy stones. Captured at the top of the wall enclosing ruins of the El Badi Palace in Marrakech, Morocco. This photo was selected for the 2019 Barlow Off-Campus Photography Exhibition and shown at the 2019 Mount David Summit on March 29, 2019.

Sophia Rintell ’19


Valparaiso, Chile

Photographer: Emma Westwater ’19 of Arlington, Mass.
Major: Politics
Program: SIT Valparaiso — Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development

About the photograph: “My two host-cousins, Josefa and Alonso, jumping on the trampoline on their grandmother’s patio, which overlooks the city and port of Valparaiso, after school on a Friday.”

Westwater, Emma SIT Valparaiso Chile Spring 2018 My two host-cousins, Josefa and Alonso, jumping on the trampoline on their grandmother's patio after school on a Friday, which overlooks the city and port of Valparaíso.This photo was selected for the 2019 Barlow Off-Campus Photography Exhibition and shown at the 2019 Mount David Summit on March 29, 2019.

Emma Westwater ’19


Imider, Morocco

Photographer: Haley Crim ’19 of Sandy Spring, Md.
Major: Environmental Studies
Program: IHP Climate Change

About the photograph: “After we spent a week studying environmental protest in Morocco, our van got stuck behind the only other car on the road: a truck full of activists from the protest camp outside the Imider Silver Mine, the longest continuous environmental demonstration on Earth.

“This truck was heading home as another shift came to take their place, as they have been doing for the past eight years. The woman in the middle is giving the sign of the movement, which our driver returned in solidarity.”

Crim, Haley IHP Climate Change (Multi-Country) Spring 2018 After spending a week studying environmental protest in Morocco, our van got stuck behind the only other car on the road: a truck full of activists from the Imider protest camp, the longest running environmental protest on earth. The woman in the middle is giving the sign of the movement, which our driver returned in solidarity. The activists had spent the day protecting a water main valve that they shut off so that a nearby silver mine couldn't deplete the water used by local people. This truck was heading home as another shift came to take their place, as they have been doing for the past 8 years. This photo was selected for the 2019 Barlow Off-Campus Photography Exhibition and shown at the 2019 Mount David Summit on March 29, 2019.

Haley Crim ’19


Ladakh, India

Photographer: Lydia Sullivan ’20 of Yarmouth, Maine
Majors: Religious Studies and Rhetoric
Program: Bates Short Term — The Buddhist Himalaya: Religion in Ladakh

About the photograph: “Novice monks peering out of the window of their classroom at the Skurbuchan Monastery in Ladakh. They waved goodbye as we left the monastery to hike down to our campsite in the village.”

Sullivan, Lydia India ST 2018 Novice monks peering their heads out of the window of their classroom at the Skurbuchan Monastery in Ladakh, India. They waved goodbye as we left the monastery to hike down to our campsite in the village.This photo was selected for the 2019 Barlow Off-Campus Photography Exhibition and shown at the 2019 Mount David Summit on March 29, 2019.

Lydia Sullivan ’20


Casablanca, Morocco

Photographer: Josh Klein ’19 of Williston, Vt.
Major: Environmental Studies
Program: SIT Morocco — Multiculturalism and Human Rights

About the photograph: “A mother plays soccer with her son outside the Hassan II Mosque. Crowds of people had gathered in the expansive square after leaving the International Book Fair that takes place in the capital every February. The largest on the African continent, the mosque overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and was built to memorialize King Mohammed V.”

Klein, Josh SIT Morocco Spring 2018 A mother plays soccer with her son outside of the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. Crowds of people gathered in the expansive square after leaving the International Book Fair that takes place in the capital every February. The mosque is the largest on the continent of Africa and was built overlooking the Atlantic Ocean to commemorate the late King. This photo was selected for the 2019 Barlow Off-Campus Photography Exhibition and shown at the 2019 Mount David Summit on March 29, 2019.

Josh Klein ’19


Berlin

Photographer: Elizah Laurenceau ’19 of Astoria, N.Y.
Major: Politics
Program: IES Berlin

About the photograph: “Berlin always reflects on its past. This photo was taken inside the Reichstag, the German parliament building, on the viewing deck. At the top of the building, one can enjoy a 360-degree view of the city. One of the windows leading up to the top was shattered and it seemed poetic: a shattered past with a beautiful future.

“Throughout Berlin, there are reminders of the past but also reparations that have been made by both the government and Berliners to remember the lives lost during the Holocaust.”

Laurenceau, Elizah IES Berlin Spring 2018 Berlin is unlike any other German city, it is very multicultural and always reflects on its past. This photo was taken inside of Reichstag, the German parliamentary building in the viewing deck. At the top of Reichstag, one can enjoy a 360-degree view of Berlin. I noticed one of the windows leading up to the top was shattered and it seemed very poetic: a shattered past with a beautiful future. All throughout Berlin, there are reminders of the past but also reparations that have been made by both the government and Berliners to remember the lives lost during the Holocaust. A mayor of Berlin once said, "Berlin ist arm, aber sexy" and these words will only make sense once you live in Berlin. This photo was selected for the 2019 Barlow Off-Campus Photography Exhibition and shown at the 2019 Mount David Summit on March 29, 2019.

Elizah Laurenceau ’19


Siem Reap, Cambodia

Photographer: Maggie O’Shea ’20 of Somers, Conn.
Major: Environmental Studies
Program: SFS Cambodia — Conservation, Ethics, and Environmental Change

About the photograph: “This is a photograph from the streets of Siem Reap (our home base), where someone left their coconut-laden bike parked outside a storefront.”

O’Shea, Maggie SFS Cambodia Fall 2018 This is a photograph from the streets of Siem Reap (our home base!) in which someone left their coconut-filled bike parked outside a storefront. This photo was selected for the 2019 Barlow Off-Campus Photography Exhibition and shown at the 2019 Mount David Summit on March 29, 2019.

Maggie O’Shea ’20


Tromso, Norway

Photographer: Lillian Chang ’20 of Wilton, Conn.
Major: Biological Chemistry
Program: DIS Copenhagen

About the photograph: “To see the northern lights we had to drive for more than an hour away from the city to escape the light pollution. Luckily it was worth it.”

Chang, Lillian DIS Fall 2018This photo was taken in Tromso, Norway. In order to see the Northern Lights we had to drive over an hour out of the city to escape the light pollution. Luckily it was worth it. This photo was selected for the 2019 Barlow Off-Campus Photography Exhibition and shown at the 2019 Mount David Summit on March 29, 2019.

Lillian Chang ’20


Manarola, Italy

Photographer: James MacDonald ’20 of Quincy, Mass.
Major: Economics
Program: Trinity College — Rome

About the photograph: “During an early December weekend, I visited the five villages of Cinque Terre; this view of Manarola is from the cliff-side coastal trail. The trails afforded breathtaking views but what caught my eye the most were the beautiful colors of the Ligurian townhouses that decorated these villages.

“Appearing a little faded in the midday sun, these houses still stood tall and vibrant, perched on the cliffside in their settled, organized blocks, with a rocky cliff and active sea below. I understand why these rustic fishing villages are so beloved by so many.”

MacDonald, James Trinity Rome Fall 2018 View of village of Manarola in La Spezia, Italy from the cliff side trail along the coast. Over one weekend in early December, I visited the Cinque Terre Villages. The coastline views and the scenic hiking trails were breath-taking, but what caught my eye the most were the beautiful colors of the Ligurian town houses that decorated these villages. A little faded due to the midday sun, these houses still stood tall and vibrant, perched up on cliffside in their settled, organized blocks. With the town houses coupled with the rock-face and an active sea, I aimed to capture the beautiful scenes that attract nearly two and a half million visitors each year. Having now visited them myself, I have come to understand a little better why these rustic fishing villages are so beloved by so many. This photo was selected for the 2019 Barlow Off-Campus Photography Exhibition and shown at the 2019 Mount David Summit on March 29, 2019.

James MacDonald ’20


Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Photographer: Jessie Moriarty ’19 of Springfield, Mass.
Major: Sociology
Program: SIT Santiago — Comparative Education and Social Change

About the photograph: “We woke up before dawn one morning and drove along the Salar de Uyuni salt flat chasing the sunrise. It was one of the most beautiful things I have seen in my life.”

Moriarty, Jessie SIT Santiago Chile Spring 2018 I visited Bolivia while I was in Chile. We woke up this morning before the sunrise and drove along the salt flats chasing it. It was one of the most beautiful things I have seen in my life. This photo was selected for the 2019 Barlow Off-Campus Photography Exhibition and shown at the 2019 Mount David Summit on March 29, 2019.

Jessie Moriarty ’19


Nyoma, India

Photographer: Louisa Gale ’20 of Clinton, N.Y.
Major: Biological Chemistry
Program: Bates Short Term — The Buddhist Himalaya: Religion in Ladakh

About the photograph: “Horses belonging to nomadic herders stand on the bank of the Indus River.”

Gale, Louisa ST 2018 India Horses belonging to nomadic herders on the bank of the Indus River in Nyoma, India. This photo was selected for the 2019 Barlow Off-Campus Photography Exhibition and shown at the 2019 Mount David Summit on March 29, 2019.

Louisa Gale ’20


Kyanjin Gompa, Nepal

Photographer: Kathleen Smith ’20 of Piedmont, Calif.
Major: Sociology
Program: SIT Nepal — Development, Gender, and Social Change in the Himalaya

About the photograph: “In 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal and hit this area hard. After the quake, an avalanche triggered a glacier to break loose from the peaks above, and the ice hit the village with the force of half an atomic bomb.

“For one month, I studied this area and the rebuilding process and social changes that exist in high mountainous populations after natural disasters. This photo shows a tea house that has been rebuilt — it’s where I lived while conducting my research.”

Smith, Kathleen SIT Nepal Fall 2018 I took this picture during my independent study project in a small village by the name of Kyanjin Gompa located in the central Himalayas in the Langtang region of Nepal. In 2015 there was a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated Nepal and hit this region really hard. Directly following the earthquake, an avalanche triggered a glacier to break loose from the peaks above, and the glaciers came tumbling down hitting the village with the force of half an atomic bomb. For one month, I studied this area and the rebuilding process and social changes that exist in high mountainous populations after natural disasters. This photo shows a tea house that has been rebuilt and that I lived in while conducting my research. This photo was selected for the 2019 Barlow Off-Campus Photography Exhibition and shown at the 2019 Mount David Summit on March 29, 2019.

Kathleen Smith ’20


Burano, Italy

Photographer: Sam Cruickshank ’20 of Needham, Mass.
Major: Politics
Program: University of Virginia — Valencia, Spain

About the photograph: “Every home on the island of Burano is a different color, and residents must gain approval from the local government before painting their houses. It is said that this is to make sure that two homes on this island will never be painted the same color. Burano is one of the most unique places I have ever visited.”

Cruickshank, Sam UVA Valencia This photo was taken during a trip to Italy. This photo specifically comes from Burano, a small island off of Venice. Every home on this island is a different color, and residents must gain approval from the local government before painting their houses. This is to make sure that two homes will never be painted the same color. The cool thing is that people actually live in these houses, as can be seen by the sheets being hung to dry out the window on the left of the image. This photo was selected for the 2019 Barlow Off-Campus Photography Exhibition and shown at the 2019 Mount David Summit on March 29, 2019.

Sam Cruickshank ’20

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