photography, St. Norbert College

Elizabeth Schaal

Elizabeth Schaal
ART 280: Introduction to Photography and Digital Imaging
Digital Print; 14 inches wide by 9 inches tall
4 total images in the series

This series depicts downtown streets of various villages and cities across North east Wisconsin, including downtown Green Bay, De Pere, Bonduel, and Zachow. I wanted to capture the subtle differences that can be seen when traveling from a more rural to urban area. To create the striking colors in the images, I increased the saturation and vibrance of the streets and buildings, while decreasing them in the sky. This makes the differences among the pictures in the series more pronounced and visible to the viewers, while also drawing the audiences’ eye to the series itself.

photography, St. Norbert College

Noah Fidlin

Noah Fidlin
ART 280: Photography and Digital Imaging
Digital Prints; 6″ x 10″
Five Images

While I love photos that convey a warm look, I’m also very interested in photography that has a colder side to it as well. For my landscape series, I decided to play with this theme by taking black and white photos, then using harsh photocopy textures over the images. I wanted for my work to give off a mysterious look, very eerie and uncertain. I would love to try experimenting with a similar style not just in my future photography, but also in my filmmaking.

photography, University of Kentucky

Meredith Matia

Meredith Matia
A-S 285 Lens Arts
Digital Print s; 15 x 22.5”
Three image series

My artistic practice explores the transcendent effect of the beauty in the routine of every day life. Through collage, the compositions become atmospheric1 which reference of the moment of transcendence from the mundane. By photographing then collaging the world around me in a new and unfamiliar way, it allows others to see the mundane as exciting and beautiful.

I will be photographing the environments around me that may seem routine or mundane. Then, I will collage these photographs using photoshop to create the atmospheric compositions.

This project has been influenced and inspired by Laura Owens, David Hockney, Mickalene Thomas, and the Japanese Tea Ceremony. I am interested in Laura Owens’ simplicity yet strong visual communication in her compositions. David Hockey’s ideas about seeing the world around us constantly inspires my artistic practice. He stresses the idea of being aware of the world around us by actually looking. I want to take the simplicity or ordinary subjects found in the everyday in order to force the viewer to see the beauty. In regards to compositions, I am looking at Mickalene Thomas’ collaged compositions and how a space is visually described through various textures. What has always driving my inspiration and artistic practice is the Japanese Tea ceremony and the ideology of being mindful and present and appreciating every moment because nothing can ever be recreated again. Specifically the tea philosophy of“Ichigo, Ichie” which translates to “one time, one meeting” has been a major influence.

University of Kentucky, video

Yueran Wang

Yueran Wang
A-S 285: Lens Art

This is a ReDoIt Project, The name of the original video is sleepwalkers
Doung Aitken is the artist who create this work. Here is link of the video https://vimeo.com/21053006

In rapidly syncopated, we see five characters – varying in age, sex, class and race. The video moving through a balletically compressed nocturnal workday and dust to dawn.
In silent parallel universes, all five rise, fidget, study their reflections, bathe, dress and open the blinds. They exist their apartments down long hallways and make their way to work. They navigate within a self-contained, almost ostentatious pensiveness. Sleepwalkers fells like a New York night, using the city as its backdrop. There are five characters move through New York’s streets, subways, public building and private bedrooms. They encounter the various holes that all New Yorkers crawl into and out of everyday.

I looked for three people to shoot. Using the same light and start with the bedroom, then move to the hallway. I captured the light of the building during the night and express the stress of people through the whole day. I choose this video to re-do because I think the quickly rapidly song and movement can easily catch people’s eyes. It’s creates the sense of high pace of modern life. Even though they are varying in age race or class, but maybe that is what we want to live in.

University of Kentucky, video

Emma Knapp

Emma Knapp
A-S 285 Lens Arts

A light comedic response to recent events surrounding net neutrality where a supposed hacker hijacks a news station in order to talk about the topic from the point of view of someone who supports net neutrality. Inspiration for design is taken from popular “youtubers” channels’ live streams.

photography, University of Kentucky

Joel Brickey

Joel Brickey
A-S285: Lens Arts

For my project, I wanted to create a collection of photos that give off an ominous and unsettling feeling to the viewer. The place where I took the photos, was also the inspiration for them. I took them in two parking lots located at Caverun Lake in Morehead, KY. I had been to these places at night before and every time I went I always imagined what it would be like to shoot something scary there. The atmosphere of the location is incredibly ominous due to the very few lights that only illuminate small sections of the area. When you walk around in this place it is hard not to feel like someone or something is watching you. So I decided that for my project, I would illustrate what I always imagined would be one of the absolute worst things to see if you were in this place alone.

Inspiration was extremely easy to find in this place. It was effortless to look around and think “yeah, that would probably terrify me if I saw that.” So I incorporated a creature/demon character into each photo, to give life to the fear of something watching you. I also found inspiration from various horror movies and pictures of “monster sightings” that I can never click away from. I definitely scared myself several times while shooting since I was in the mind set of trying to think of the creepiest places to see something standing there, watching you.

University of Kentucky, video

Erin Strange

Erin Strange
Lens Arts- A-S285

My video is an homage to the artist John Baldessari. This video was inspired by his film 6 Colorful Inside Jobs. In his film, Baldessari had student paint a room each day of the week, excluding Sunday, different colors. In my video, I chose to paint my face rather than a room in the same way. I also wanted to incorporate his painting style. In his paintings, he would block out the face with solid colors and he would draw realistic ears and a nose. In my video, to incorporate this, I did not paint my ears nor nose. Lastly, the audio comes from Baldessari’s video of I am Making Art.

photography, St. Norbert College

Katie Hopkins

Katie Hopkins
ART 280: Introduction to Photography and Digital Imaging
Digital Print; 11″x17″

By adding narrative to the concept of a traditional still life I have given the viewer a glimpse into my life. An artist up late at night working in her sketchbook, alone in the quiet, but connected to millions of others with Instagram not far away.

University of Kentucky, video

Miranda Reaves

Miranda Reaves
A-S 285: Lens Art

In this work, Miranda experiments with the idea of the in between moments that we all
experiment with. On social media people post the big moments that explain them and map out
their life. In this piece Miranda highlights the tiny moments in a car or behind closed doors that
actually shape who we are. Miranda got her inspiration for Mundane from sitting in her room
watching luxurious travel videos like YouTuber Taylor Cut Films and Rory Kramer. They spend
their days on vacations for free, traveling the world and documenting it on expensive equipment.
It creates lust for wanting to see the world and what is out there. She realized that real life isn’t
like that. We wake up, shower, go to class, go to the park down the street, grab a coffee on the
way to work, and watch TV.

University of Kentucky, video

Kendall Althans

Kendall Althans
A-S 346: Digital Video
“4 Years”

I came to Lexington, KY for my four years of college and I am a Senior now about to graduate. I wanted to artfully show how Lexington has shaped me into the person I am today by show the contrast of city vs rural that Lexington has to offer and projecting that scenery onto myself.

University of Kentucky, video

Adam Stinnett

Adam Stinnett
A-S 346: Digital Video

This is video is my attempt at a surrealism style video. I wanted to show how we are always subjected to time and that “time never stops.” In the beginning, I wanted to use different blend modes and masking to show how we are always on the go. For the scenic portion of my video, I wanted it to all lead back to the calmness of sitting in nature with no sounds or distractions.