photography, Western Michigan University

Zoie Uznis

Zoie Uznis
ART 5480: Photography Workshop
Digital Collage; 11″ X 14″
Amount in Series: 8

In today’s society women are not only scrutinized but also objectified. Women are conditioned to be more critical of their looks and actions than men. Men are conditioned to promote and execute this criticality. A man’s actions and decisions do not reflect directly back onto himself; they are more of a response to a situation. A woman’s choices are a direct reflection of her character. As long as the woman appeals to the man, she is considered a success to both herself and her male spectators.

When the theorist Laura Mulvey uses her coined term “the male gaze” she is implicating her idea that the cinematic experience promotes the “to-be-looked-at-ness” that female characters exude. She describes the gaze as both voyeuristic and fetishistic. Voyeuristic in the sense that the female character is no more than a walking, talking prop with the sole purpose of visual consumption or pleasure. The female is seen as fetishistic as well, constantly reminding the male-minded viewer of their sexual need for a woman.

My images play on these ideas presented by Mulvey. I play on the idea of domesticity and female roles and how women in vintage imagery are usually represented as a sexual conquest or homemaker. I hope to leave the viewer feeling a sense of discomfort as my images either literally stare back at them or shield themselves from the viewers judgemental and consuming gaze.

photography, Western Michigan University

Ashley Huss

Ashley Huss
ART 5480: Photography Workshop
Digital Prints; 60″ x 20″
When I Grow Up… Series of around 30

“Being a student athlete here has taught me what I wanted to be when I grow up. A productive member of society.” This was said by Laura Stewart, a past softball player from 2000-2004, and was inducted into the WMU Hall of Fame in 2017. This has also been a theme of the current student athletes that are included in this show. This series shows how these students education helps with their athletic career and future outside of their sport.

I accomplished this by getting a hold of students and coaches for volunteers. I do this because I am looking for the athletes that want to talk about their future and are genuinely excited for their next step. The age in students range from juniors to seniors who are preparing for life after collage.

Before the athletes came into the studio I asked them what their majors where and what their plans were for life after college. Then I asked them to bring a couple things with them when they came in for their pictures. The supplied two of their uniforms with the objects from their sport, and an outfit as well as props representing their career choice and major.

I am constantly thinking about my future and how what I am doing in my life right now is preparing me for the best possible outcome. By pursuing this project I feel like I have brought attention to the truth of students caring about their future and not just becoming professional athletes one day. When we were kids, we were always asked, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” The answer would most commonly be, “famous.” How when I ask these athletes the same question, the answer does not match.

photography, Western Michigan University

Madison Miller

Madison Miller
ART 5480 Photography Workshop
Selenium Toned Silver Gelatin Prints
9×9 inch prints on Ilford Semi-Matte Warm Toned 11×14 inch
Images are part of ongoing series entitled Mortared Heartwood

Mortared Heartwood
For as long as I can remember I have been drawn to the environment and the energy of the Earth. As a child growing up in the small rural town of Charlotte, Michigan, I would go explore the woods that surrounded my house. I would experience, learn about and explore every inch of the property. This kick started my journey to see the world for all of its beauty and its quirks. My goal is to explore, study and try to understand the workings of the forest; especially how a fallen tree can affect a space. As an artist, I feel it is important to visually capture the energy and the power of the woods and communicate my perspective of how nature should be seen. I believe that nature should be seen for both its intimacy and its grand scale. I am truly passionate in this quest to communicate the visual complexities of the natural world and hope that the viewers of my work will come to appreciate the wonderful aspects of this planet that we cannot always explain; when we come together we can help preserve the areas untouched by human hand.

University of Kentucky, video

Kevin Truhlar Jr.

Kevin Truhlar Jr.
A-S346 – Digital Video

There comes a point when destruction stops being accidental and starts becoming calculated, as if a need has to be met. We have two methods to go about destroying: we can destroy ourselves or what’s around us, and destruction can range from full on annihilation to making a derogatory statement or action. In my own experience, some people are just predisposed to it, and I’m one of them.

University of Kentucky, video

Michelle Zhu

Michelle Zhu
A-S 346: Digital Video

I used the first half of the new season 7 of Once Upon A Time tv show on ABC channel. This is my remake of the series intro, Chinese version. The first half of the original trailer of the show was black and white, so I made my whole video, except for the intro, in that mode. There might be some technical that are wrong, but for my future videos, I hope to do better than this one.

University of Kentucky, video

Brijan Emerson

Brijan Emerson
A-S 346: Digital Video

The work I attached above is titled “Doubt”. It is an original piece to describe a mood. This piece is about what goes through somebody’s mind when they are dealing with self-esteem or self-doubt. This work is not only about self-doubt but also about self-revelation, and how to overcome it. This video is very personal to me because it tackles what i’ve went through in my own life and how I overcame it. This video also creates the feeling of anxiety through the editing and sound.

University of Kentucky, video

Maxwell Faulkner

Maxwell Faulkner
A-S 346 – 002: Digital Video

This piece of my work is a moody/original I filmed back at home. This place, is somewhere I go when I am stressed and need to relax, so I wanted to give the impression of a relaxing and chill mood. Every time I visit, things seem to slow down and become vibrant, which allow me to mellow out and my stress just seems to fade away.

University of Kentucky, video

Frankie King

Frankie King
A-S385: Digital Video

When I started this video I wanted to show anger and how quick to anger we can be over meaningless things. As I explored the ways in which I myself have lost my temper I began to see a deeper issue with caused by uncontrolled anger. The video then became more about the damage we do to children with our uncontrolled anger. I want to show how this was over in a flash for the adult but worn by the child for a lifetime.

University of Kentucky, video

Thomas Doerr

Thomas Doerr
A-S 346 Digital Video

This video was for an assignment called moody. It is called ADHD because I wanted to show how easily I get distracted and how hard it is for me to stay focused. I wanted this video to make people feel free and like they are leaving their worries behind. Running for me is an escape and it allows me to refresh and take a break from what’s going on in my head. I wanted to use as many different effects and edits as I possibly could to allow the viewers to fill more attached to the video and keep everyone interested. I hope that people can relate to this video and that it helps people when they are stressed or can’t focus cause everyone deserves a break.

University of Kentucky, video

Adam Stinnett

Adam Stinnett
Art Studio 346: Digital Video

This short video is about the experiences I have had during my final semester. While being a part of several interviews and meeting with companies at career fairs, the final semester has been somewhat challenging from a job perspective. I have had to explain and show all kinds of experiences I have had the last few years, which is the main theme of this video. I also wanted to create an anxious feeling for a viewer by adding the blinking effects, quick transitions, and a rising heartbeat.

University of Kentucky, video

Nathan Faulls

Nathan Faulls
A-S 346-002: Video Production

This is a video that was made with the intention of creating the mood of longing. The two individuals in the video are each alone. They are discontent in the fact that they are alone. They long for a companion. This is an abstract piece without dialogue. The concept and emotion is relayed through movement, imagery, color, and music. This video intends to evoke feelings of longing that viewers who have experienced desire will resonate with. The video is titled Sehnsucht which is a German word that labels an intense longing. It’s often said that there isn’t a single word in the English dictionary that can properly stand in as a synonym for Sehnsucht.

University of Kentucky, video

Christian Cevallos

Christian Cevallos
A-S 346: Video Production

Attached is the link to my moody/original video that I created for class. The reason I wanted to submit this was that I felt this was a strong look at experimenting with different audio files as well as diving into a personal issue that many people may be dealing with. As a person who has dealt with these personal issues I just felt it was better to create something to show how I felt about myself sometimes but also showing my perseverance. I hope this video is relatable to many people so they know that they are not the only ones dealing with certain problems of self-doubt and that together we can all become stronger from overcoming these issues.

University of Kentucky, video

Eli Woodie

Eli Woodie
AS 346: Digital Video

I enjoyed making this video! Ben and Collin obviously did too… I do wish it was more climactic though, it seems to just end without much warning. I wanted to evoke a euphoric and light hearted feeling. It’s not supposed to be deep or emotional. I really focused on camera angles, lighting and the sound/video relationship.

photography, U of Wisconsin, Madison

Sam Molinaro

Sam Molinaro
Art 576: Advanced Photography
Digital Print; 50″x83″
Rumex Citrus, September 24, 2017

Growing up in the Midwest has accustomed me to it’s harsh seasons, a characteristic that is unfavored by many but I have learned to appreciate. Long lasting yearly cycles of destruction and renewal, the landscape adjusts as harsh winters turn to warm summers then back again. These photos serve not only to document the particularities of the Midwestern landscape but also to serve as a retrospective look upon how this landscape has shaped me

photography, U of Wisconsin, Madison

Aida Ebrahimi

Aida Ebrahimi
Art 576: Advanced Photography
Silver Gelatin Print
8in x 10in
Part of a series of 10 images

Statement:
Complete Diagnosis and Repair is a collection of silver gelatin prints manipulated using bleach and scratches. The different methods of manipulation enhance the individual image to tie together the relationship between nature and humans. They further highlight the presence of humans in our surroundings and the mark we leave on nature.

Within each print, the image and their marks tell a unique story. The handmade manipulations are exclusive to each photograph, and the lack of formulated physical marks make them not re-creatable to mimic the lack of clonability in nature.