photography, Western Michigan University

Brandon Smith





Brandon Smith
Art 3470: Digital Photography I
Digital Prints; 8.5 x 11 inches
Images for project about the book, “Nobody’s Ever Missing” by Catherine Lacey.

I am going to attempt to visually convey feelings of escapism, loss, and separation. I want these photos to have a very abstract aesthetic and have them portray more of a feeling related to the emotions rather than contain literal subject matter. I’m more interested in capturing the feel or look of this book through a first person perspective as opposed to showing a second person experience.

For this project I have been experimenting with capturing fleeting colors and movement to convey the idea that one person or experience cannot be confined to a single time or place. Mental conditions such as autism or depression are considered as spectrum disorders. This means that the subject exhibits symptoms of a certain illness but the extent of their illness is unknown which means it can’t be quantified. I find this to be a very interesting topic for discussion and one I would like to explore with this project.

Nobody Is Ever Missing addresses the actions taken by a woman who is not satisfied with her life that she once found satisfying. I feel this resonates very well with the constant state of change found in the natural world. Her experience is also very relatable because as humans we are constantly learning and changing.

Some ideas I had for photos involved using muted, washed out colors. I also wanted to accompany these colors with motion blurs and ominous shadows. As far as content in these photos, I want to capture soft textures and shadows as well as ambient lighting. I think this will better show the feelings of depression as opposed to using things like bright colors or hard lines which may give a more harsh emotional response. These images will be medium in size roughly around 8×10 inches.

photography, Western Michigan University

John Rapanotti





John Rapanotti
ART 3470: Digital Photography I
Digital Prints – 8.5×11

This series of photographs is inspired by the novel The Alchemist. The main underlying theme is following your dreams; finding a way to achieve your destiny. I have attempted to portray this as a very serious and delicate matter, using the lamp to represent one’s inner passion or want to achieve their deepest desire. That desire is a gift, and when your passion is burning it lights the way through the darkness and guides you. Though if you are not careful with your gift, when an obstacle arises it can easily extinguish your light; leaving you lost in the darkness.

photography, U of Wisconsin, Madison

Alexandra Bramstadt





Alexandra Bramstadt
Art 576: Photography
Digital Prints; 8.5 X 10

I’ve been working strongly with books and using various methods of destruction and capturing the way the books have been effected through the process of this destruction. These images were planted into a pot with some seeds and I took pictures along with the process of the plants growing. I used the images to show the way that the water, sunlight, dirt, etc worked to grow the plants alongside the way these elements worked with the destruction of the books.

photography, Western Michigan University

Luis Sanchez





Luis Sanchez
ART 3470: Digital Photography 1
Digital Prints; 11in x 14in
20 photo series

I took inspiration from the book “Go Ask Alice”. The book is an anonymous diary of a teenage girl who struggles with drug addiction. She doesn’t have many friends and her family ends up moving in the beginning of the book. She starts fresh at a new school and meets some people who later invite her to a party. She takes her first drug, LSD (Acid), at the party and feels welcomed by the people there. Soon after she felt a sense of belonging when she did drugs with those people. Her life started getting out of control and she got into doing harder drugs like Heroin an Crack and she went down a deep dark path of drug addiction and even prostitution. I wanted to steer away from making my series about people using drugs recreationally. Instead of using drugs that are typically used recreationally such as: LSD, MDMA, Cocaine, Marijuana, etc; I researched the top 20 most popular psychiatric drugs prescribed in the US. I wanted to dig further into drug addiction and focus on some mental illnesses that can lead to drug addiction such as depression and anxiety. Each photo in the series is titled as a mental illness drug with the scientific name followed by the brand name, for example; alprazolam (Xanax). In each photo you can see a human with the chemical structure of the drug in their titles floating around them. I wanted to express the drugs in a unique way while keeping the theme of mental illness present.