photography, Western Michigan University

Deon Mixon

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Deon Mixon
ART 3470 Digital Photography I
digital prints; 11 x 17 (11.52 x 17.28)
Series: Being: Anomaly
(Goal: 20 images)

Description:
Being: Anomaly explores the phenomenon in which an individual can be present within a natural, realistic realm, but also present and/or originate from a rather surrealistic or supernatural realm. The emphasis is on the mystery and discovering of the self within this dual-realm, or single-world where two realms have been united because of the individual’s intrinsic and distinctive being. Discovering the purpose of the self and understanding the self itself within such a world where two realms meet is the focus.

My first two attempts for this series shows experimentation with lighting and other photo manipulative qualities that aim to evoke the supernatural realm, also persevering to maintain reality; the depiction of this union in which the being ponders on about himself and this world in which he resides.

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Gwen Taylor

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Gwen Taylor
ART 5480: Photography Workshop
Digital Prints; 23″ x 16″
16 in the series Re:Construct

Memory is one of the most essential bodily functions. Individuals who lose the ability to recall history, culture, personal life experiences or even how to function in society on a daily basis suffer with personal identity challenges. Memories fade and become difficult to access overtime; they are altered with each recollection or are forgotten completely.

Inspired by my desire to hold onto my past with my father whom I can no longer create new memories with, I experimented with in camera techniques to illustrate the confusion, disorientation, alterations, fading and lack of information that come along with the process of recalling. My subject matter comes from locations or objects in which I explored in some matter with my father. I faintly overlaid images from past experiences to illustrate how it once was compared to how little and strenuous it has become to recall these experiences when revisiting the same situation.

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Jordan Tran

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Jordan Tran
ART 3470: Digital Photography I
Digital Photos; 12in x 8in
Will be a series of 20

Statement- Inspired from the book “Ready Player One”. I am trying to explore the concept of losing one’s identity. In the book, people are fighting for there rights to a technological realm that may be taken from a great corporation. My photographs attempt to express that fear or uncertainty of being watched with this idea supporting these emotions.

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LeeAnn Downey

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LeeAnn Downey
Art 3470: Digital Photography I
Digital Prints; 8 x 10″
In progress, 20 total

This series is a class assignment where the photos must be inspired by a book. My book was “The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh”. The goal of the completed work will show an artist’s acceptance of the positive and negative aspects of being lonely.

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Destinee Wells

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Destinee Wells
ART 5480: Photography Workshop
Digital Prints; 11″ x 17″
Title: Food is Drug/Medicine

This work plays with the idea that food is either making us healthy or sick. I believe that the foods we eat are creating a lot of health problems for the people of the United States. I think foods link to mental disease as well as our diseases like diabetes. These images were created so that it food interacts with the image in the background to be seen as either a healing food or one that hurts us.

photography, Western Michigan University

Luis Sanchez

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Luis Sanchez
ART 3470: Digital Photography
digital prints; 10″ x 15″
20 images total

These photos are in progress. I am using the book “Go Ask Alice” as inspiration. It is a book about drug addiction, but I don’t want to make my photos about drugs, so I’m focusing on mental health problems that can cause addiction like depression.

photography, U of Wisconsin, Madison

Hayley Cleghorn

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Hayley Cleghorn
Art 576: Advanced Photography
Digital Prints; 8 1/2″ x 11″

The final will have 20 images total, but for our books that we are making it could be more than that.

Statement: My series is dealing with taking pictures of the people of State Street. By going out of my comfort zone and talking to random people on State Street, I get a whole new experience out of it, and get to meet some really interesting people. I want it to feel like a sort of family album of the “family” of State Street, so I’m making the prints smaller to make it look more personal, like a family album would be.

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Jessica Harris

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Jessica Harris
ART 5480: Photography Workshop
Digital Prints; 2’x 3′
13-15 images in the series

I’m working on a series about anxiety disorders translated through fantasy to make each aspect a little easier to imagine and understand. These three images portray two opposite sides of how sleep is effected with an anxiety disorder. The first, a play on Irish folklore about harps’ ability to put someone to sleep indefinitely, was meant to show the urge and weight to sleep all day as a result of anxiety. The opposite extreme is insomnia, meant to be represented in the second and third images, when your anxiety prevents you from falling asleep or letting your mind rest.

photography, U of Wisconsin, Madison

Erika Herrera

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Erika Herrera
Art 576-Advanced Photography
Digital prints; 5″ x 7″

These photographs are a continuation of self-exploration through a hat mimicking bison horns. An alter-ego is born when the hat is worn, it is a being unafraid to show vulnerability, confidence, and ultimately accepts its own mortality. The lighting used in these portraits references 17th century Dutch paintings in order to heighten the tone of the subtle facial expressions and body language. I am introducing different props to transition through the themes of vulnerability, confidence, and death.

photography, U of Wisconsin, Madison

Tyson Banh

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Tyson Banh
Art 476: Intermediate Photography
Digital Print: 8.5×11″
2 images in a series of 20

These images are from a series of my concept looking at the details of everyday life. As students, we’re around campus buildings all the time, but we never take the time to look at the minute details. In these two images, they show reflections of the Memorial Union at UW-Madison. Windows are for seeing through, although I’ve taken the reflections from them and taken them as a barrier for something you see in it. The reflection is the object, not the window.

photography, U of Wisconsin, Madison

Alexandra Bramstadt

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Alexandra Bramstadt
Art 576: Advanced Photography
Digital Prints; 8.5″ x 11″

The overall concept I have been working with this semester is the destruction of books. I am trying to somewhat tie in the way the book is destroyed to the content of the book. So far I have burnt books, submerged books, frozen books and I will be cooking some as well as burying some.​

photography, U of Wisconsin, Madison

Natalie Kirk

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ART 576: Publishing Photography Book
Digital Prints; 24″ x 30″

This series is exploiting a modern form of sexism that I see going unnoticed. The lines between society’s defined roles for men and women are blurring more everyday. Women are supported in their choice to trade in the part of housekeeper for pursuit of education and careers, and men are not shamed for staying home with the children instead of being the sole breadwinner; if who wears the ‘pants’ in the family is now shared and gender neutral, why are they still the men’s pants?

Current marketing is inhibiting women the opportunity to dress in comfortable, neutral clothing while remaining feminine and identifying her style as such. “The Boyfriend,” an advertising campaign used by Gap, Old Navy, Target, and others to sell better fitting clothing to women; the label spans from pants and shirts to socks and underwear. Women were already taking to the men’s section for better fitting pants and tops which is an outcry to the fault in women’s clothing construction and design, not a desire to look like our male counterparts.
Thus, a new line just for women was produced, it’s clothing that fits looser and is more comfortable but instead of delivering to women a mentality that they’re still feminine even if the clothes don’t cling to every curve, the marketing continues to endorse a woman’s success based on her sexuality. By calling this new style “The Boyfriend,” femininity is only reassured by glamorizing these clothes with the assimilation of being a girl who has just had a sleepover with her man and threw on his clothes that morning. The goal is to look too small and petit for these garments. The advertising fulfills a socially constructed mentality that a woman in a relationship is a woman who has value, that a person’s sexuality is a determinant of identity. Unknowingly women are endorsing their own gender’s regression from equality by wearing these clothes and seeing themselves as in borrowed clothing, men’s clothing.

This project has the goal of reaching women and alerting men of the segregating effects of “The Boyfriend” campaign. With 21st Century’s male inclusive feminism, the degradation of women’s equality can be resolved. The works of art selected for this show have been selected with two intentions in mind, reversing the female in male clothing gives both genders an opportunity to see this sexism reversed and the skin/body as an identity that defines our societal role. The purpose of these two intentions is to neutralize and find the common ground.

photography, U of Wisconsin, Madison

Madi Fair

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Madi Fair
ART576: Advanced Photography
digital prints; 8″ x 11″
12 total images.

statement: In this series I am focusing on shooting various independently owned stores that have clearly been loved and have character. I want to capture the real essence of the store and the way that images and items inside them interact with each other both aesthetically and reflecting the personality of the store’s owners and customers.

photography, U of Wisconsin, Madison

Tyson Banh

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Tyson Banh
Art 476 – Intermediate Photography
Digital Prints; 8×10″
2 images of series

These images are from a series of my concept looking at the details of everyday life. As students, we walk around the campus from class to class, back to our home and around, but how much do we look at the details of where we’re going? The image of the shoes stranded up on a tree are an example of something you would only see if you look up. The low perspective of the girl’s boots are never seen from our towering height. It can only be seen near the ground level.

photography, U of Wisconsin, Madison

Hayley Cleghorn

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Hayley Cleghorn
Art 576: Advanced Photography
Digital Prints; 8 1/2″ x 11″
20 images total
but for our books that we are making it could be more than that.

Statement: My series is dealing with taking pictures of the people of State Street. By going out of my comfort zone and talking to random people on State Street, I get a whole new experience out of it, and get to meet some really interesting people. I want it to feel like a sort of family album of the “family” of State Street, so I’m making the prints smaller to a 4×6 size to make it look more personal, like a family album would be.