Western Michigan University

Laura Pizzoferrato

Laura Pizzoferrato
Art 3480: Digital Photography
Digital prints; 13″ x 19″
2 out of 50 in series
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This is a study of portraiture. I find a spot outside and ask strangers if I can photograph them. Then I ask them “what is on your mind?” or “what where you thinking right before I approached you?” and then ask them to write their answers on the whiteboard. I wanted to show personality within the portraits by showing facial expression along with their message or thoughts. I have posted some of the photos on my flickr site http://www.flickr.com/photos/ljpizzo/sets/72157622558131978/.

Western Michigan University

Kyle Strace

Kyle Strace
Art 3480: Digital Photography
Digital Photographs; 13″ x 19″
Series of 20 Images

For this series I decided to portray the moment right before a prank happens. I started off photographing the moment before an event to capture “the decisive moment” but it evolved into a more light hearted and humorous approach. I would like to show the series in order from the more simple, to the harsher actions because pranks usually start off simple, but after several retaliations from those involved they are taken too far. This is an example from both categories.

Western Michigan University

Kirsten Book-Anthony

Kirsten Book-Anthony
Art 5480: Photography Workshop
Digital Print; 11″ x 17″
Series of 8 Images

My current work socially studies human behavior and how others really live as opposed to their public persona. We may see someone on the street, and think they live a certain way, but if given the chance to glimpse into their private world, most would be surprised at how they live. By keeping the work as anonymous as possible, the viewer can draw his or her own conclusions as to who the person inhabiting it might be.

I enter the space with a few ideas about what I want the picture to look like compositionally, but a lot of times, it is just spontaneous. I don’t move things around in the room, because I think it would ruin the whole point of my concept. I am just documenting how that person exists in the space, and if I moved anything in that room, it would detract from the point that I am trying to make.

We judge others so much from face value and first impressions, but really have no idea who they are, until we can get a look at how they live behind closed doors.

Western Michigan University

Antonio Costantini

Antonio Costantini
Art 3480: Digital Photography
Digital Prints; 13″ x 19″
Series of 20 Images

My thesis is society vs. nature and this topic came about recently from my move out of the city into the country. The move made me notice the different atmosphere of environments, people, cultures, and their morals. It can create a symbolic competition between society and nature by further explaining how much society depends on nature even though our society tries to triumph and show our dominance by destroying nature. It also shows nature is a powerful force toward society and can never be destroyed. All the photographs in this series display both society and nature.

Western Michigan University

Monica Kovach

Monica Kovach
ART 3480: Digital Photography
Digital Prints; 10″ x 10″
2 out of 20 in this series

These images were selected from my current series which focuses on repetition, ritual, and neurosis. All of the images in this series are exactly the same in composition and lighting, but differ with the kinds of food in the mouths and the people in the photographs. The volume of images of this grotesque subject-matter is meant to overwhelm the viewer and elicit a sense of anxiety and helplessness.

Kellogg Community College

Heather Wilson

Heather Wilson
Studio Photography
Digital Prints; 8″ x 12″

This is a series I am doing for my final. These images are of my cousin who has now been married for a little over a year. Her husband just left for Iraq 2 months ago and will be deployed for a minimum of 15 months. This project I decided to focus on young women and when they feel most beautiful. In her particular case she said she felt most beautiful on her wedding day. This is a series with 10 different young women and that I will continue for the rest of the semester.

Western Michigan University

Kirk Pettinga

Kirk Pettinga
Art 3480: Digital Photography
Digital Prints

These images are a part of an ongoing series investigating memory and space. The human brain has something called “visual working memory” which is the mechanism that allows you to recall dimension and volume. The series consists of different settings juxtaposed with line work that maps the area in a subjective way.

Kellogg Community College

Tracy Drew Johnson

Tracy Drew Johnson
ART229: Studio Lighting
Digital Color Prints; 12″ x 18″

Studio Lighting started out as an extreme challenge for me. Having to think about different types of reflection, what light does and the family of angles was just beyond my imagination. Before long, it almost became second nature to me and now I find myself using the knowledge in all photography situations without even realizing it. These photos were done to show a comprehensive understanding of light by shooting black subjects on black backgrounds and white on white. We then used that knowledge to make images using alternate lighting setups and while those were also good, I feel that these two are my best examples from the assignment..

Kellogg Community College

Bonnie Parr

Bonnie Parr
Art 295: Special Topics
Digital Prints

I am starting to get more into night photography. The first image is for my final project in this Documentary class. For this project, I am thinking of telling a story of a lost dog. In the top image, it shows Lakota on a street corner alone at night, the red lights are the tail lights/ brake lights of a passing car that brakes when they see her unexpectidly.

The second image is a statue that is in downtown Battle Creek, MI. This one was done last week, and although it’s not related to my documentary project, it’s a part of my collection of night photography. I’m exploring new techniques, and I really liked the way this one turned out.

Kellogg Community College

Bonnie Parr

Bonnie Parr
ART 295: Special Topics – Documentary
Digital Prints

This was our “One Object” assignment, my ‘one object’ being my dog, Lakota. These pictures are 2 of a final series of 6 pictures. I chose this composition because it has Lakota by herself next to a park bench, also the “S” curve brings your eye to several other benches down the walkway. She’s positioned in a way where she would be by her owner’s side, but her owner is no where to be found. The personal connection to this is meant to show that there’s room in my life, and I am waiting patiently…. The second photo has the same concept, except it’s from Lakota’s eyes, her point of view. Again I tried to capture the walkway, the space… her world with no owner

Beloit College

Yang Yang

Yang Yang
Art 117: Intro to Digital Photo
Digital Print; 8.5″ x 11″

Title: Fierce My Ass
Taken in Washington, DC. In front of the national capital. It was in the LGBT month and there was a parade. Lady GaGa was giving a speech. I waited behind this women holding a sign. I knew she would hold it up at some time. I waited and when the speech was over, this women held up this sign and the flag. Then I took the shot.

Kellogg Community College

Tracy Drew Johnson

Tracy Drew Johnson
ART295: Documentary Photography
Digital Color Prints; 12″ x 18″
One Object Documentary Project, Six prints in the series.

These images were created as the result of a month-long project where we were to photograph one object everyday for a month. I had the project posing the doll as a living adult with a job, chores, etc. I realized that what was missing was a true human component. I also realized that the doll would be best used as the baby it mimicked and by adding the human component, I was able to give a subtle hint of dangers that babies can face even within their mother’s loving arms.

Western Michigan University

Katie Levi

Katie Levi
ART 5480: Photography Workshop
120mm Black & White Negative Scan; 16″ x 20″

These images are new and in progress – they’re an offshoot of a previous series about travel. The bird mask was originally used as an object packed inside of a suitcase filled with other arbitrary objects. Recently, the mask has picked up meaning beyond being an arbitrary object. It has served to conceal the face of the subject, much like traditions found in Native American and Gypsy cultures (in terms of being photographed). Likewise, traveling has served as fundamental history seen through out these cultures.

U of Wisconsin, Madison

Merari Amaro

Merari Amaro
Art 253: Introduction To Photography
Silver Gelatin Images; 8″ x 10″
Five images in total

The assignment was to photograph an object and create a series. I chose the egg beater because it’s kind of a frivolous thing and no matter what location, it looks miserable . I find the object also comical which is why I chose to use it in the series.

Kellogg Community College

Kristy Towery

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Kristy Towery
Art230: Digital Photography II
Cross process film/digital prints; 8″ x 13″

They are 2 of 4 images in a series

The series was inspired by children and the things they love and the things that occupy their
minds. It was designed to be bright and punchy. Just beyond reality. I wanted to emphasize the
happiness and care times in childhood. I hope it brings back memories for you. I hope it brings out
the kid in you. I hope it makes you smile!

Western Michigan University

Jared Miller

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Jared Miller
Art3480: Photography II
Digital Print: 13″ x 19″

These images are a part of a series for a project in my Digital Photography 3480 class. It’s called “The Ambassador”. The project is based of situations in my life where I was forced to sit and contemplate upon my life and the next step I needed to take, which in some pictures may have something to do with the surrounding environment… or a particular moment in time where i was challenged with something and was forced to rise to the occasion. The series isn’t complete.

Kellogg Community College

Tracy Drew Johnson

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Tracy Drew Johnson
ART295: Documentary Photography
Sepia Toned Silver Gelatin Prints, Image Size: 16″ X 20″
Shot with a Canon AE-1, 35mm film with Tri-X 400 ISO film
Continuing Documentary Project

I have attended Native American ceremonies for as long as I can remember so it seemed natural for me to photograph the people and the culture. These particular images were taken at the “Dances With Mother Earth” Pow Wow that is held each year in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2008. Although I am still continuing this body of work, these are what I would call the work that started the project. In the beginning, I took photos quite often without people even knowing I was there. Now when I photograph these events, I directly approach the people in order to connect with them when I capture their images. As of right now, I have over 1,000 images that have shown growth but I wanted to share these with you first so that as I post newer photos from this body of work that you, too, can appreciate the differences.

Western Michigan University

Debbra Mack

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Debbra Mack
Art3480 Photography II
Digital print 13″ x 19″

This summer I took a shorter version of Art 210 Digital Photography and did photos of mostly flowers.  I know that flowers are over done sometimes, but then there are artist that make the flower photos seem fresh no matter what.  I wanted to try for that.  I really enjoy Imogen Cunningham’s flowers.

U of Wisconsin, Madison

Mary Niec

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Mary Niec
ART 476: Intermediate Photography
Digital Prints; 12″ x 17″
20 images in series

This series is about people pursuing their passion. In this part of the series, I focused on a girl who spends much of her time baking in pursuit of a possible career as a baker. The person in these photographs said that baking is not her necessarily her dream, but she just loves to do it.

Kellogg Community College

Tracy Drew Johnson

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Tracy Drew Johnson
ART 295: Documentary Photography
Silver Gelatin Prints; 16″ x 20″
Shot with a Holga using T-Max 100 ISO film

Planned ongoing project
At this time, there are 12 images in the series.

Much as mothers don’t like to admit it, they all fear the day their daughters are all grown up. This documentary came about at my realization that my daughter was no longer my little girl. She was becoming a woman who would soon have to face all of the world as a woman. She will have good times, as well as bad and happy times along with heartbreak. As part of their becoming, the moms must acknowledge that their daughters have to make their journey and all that a mother can do is support and continue to love their child. There are still many images to make as the years come and I look forward to fully embracing the subject.

Western Michigan University

Taylor Clark

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Taylor Clark
ART 3480: Photography II
Digital Prints; 12″ x 18″
2 images out of a series of TBA

Regurgitation: There is so much power in the words we speak. The power to hurt others, as well as ourselves. I want to metaphorically portray an emotional state of one person that has faced the consequences of the words he or she has spoken. My idea starts with the subject in a sick state, vomiting pieces of paper with words on them that had been said. This thought of regurgitation reminds me of how fowl we can be toward one another, and how karma (whether it is fictional or not) plays it’s part.

Western Michigan University

Annalise Freytag

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Annalise Freytag
ART 5480: Photography Workshop
Digital Image from a Color Film Print; 8 x 10 Print

This image “Trash Can” is part of an independent studies I have created over the past year titled “Urban Anatomy”. It is the dissection of the beauty within everyday objects. Much of this study comes from the decay of urban structures such as: trash cans, sidewalks, plumbing, walls etc. I am trying to describe ones perception and how there is a variety of beauty within the breakdown of everything.