photography, U of Wisconsin, Madison

Becca Chavin

Becca Chavin
ART 376: Introduction to Photography
Silver Prints; 8×10
4 of 20 prints in series

Statement: My current project, “Doodle Portraits,” is twist on social media filters. While I typically find myself capturing portraits and posed images, I wanted to elevate them. I was originally inspired by long exposure light painting but struggled to truly capture the doodle-like images I was seeking. Hence, through utilizing transparency papers, I was able to doodle onto the sheets with dry-erase markers. I then layered my transparency doodle onto the photo paper while flashing the lights, and then the magic happened – my doodles transformed my photographs. From a snorkeler to an astronaut dog, I enjoyed creatively changing the lives of my subjects, one doodle at a time.

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Kyra Kronberg

Kyra Kronberg
ART 460: Digital Studio

This project focuses on the noise that technology and digital media creates in our lives. As students, we take notes on laptops in class. When we’re not in class, we are on our phones. When we’re not on phones, we’re listening to music. We are constantly exposing ourselves to this noise. Even when we are trying to “relax,” while listening to music, we are still exposing ourselves to noise. We never pull away from technology and this project is meant to point out the chaos in noise.

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Madeline Wilson

Madeline Wilson
ART 376: Intro to Film Photography
Time and Place, 35mm film scans 9”x 6”, 10 images in series

Statement:
As the Lake Mendota slowly unfreezes, people and animals gradually repopulate James Madison Park. The sky blends in with the frozen snow-covered lake, but not for much longer. In Time and Place, I focus on natural and human relations to the melting of Lake Mendota.

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Emily Sachs

Emily Sachs
Art 476: Intermediate Photography
Digital Prints; 8 x 11 ‘”X
20 images total in series

My intention is for these images to highlight different issues at the turn of the decade, ones so important in their respective sectors. I hope that the emotion portrayed allows others to understand how personal some issues can get and how politically – charged each one can be. Finally, my goal is to expose a greater audience to these current events and bring a degree of inspiration to my fellow peers, students and professors of all walks of life. Let’s come together and open our eyes to the change that is soon to come.

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Bea Frank

Bea Frank
Art 476: Intermediate Photography
archival pigment prints; 11×8.5
From a series of 20 images entitled “My Body is a Cage”

Statement:
My Body is a Cage is an exploration of dark human emotions and how they can be seen and felt in places that are not simply an explicit manifestation of human expression. This project presents groupings of images that work to convey one of those singular, distinct-yet-hard-to-describe feelings a person experiences. Each image included is a slower exposure, and the series as a whole is comprised of long exposures of artificial lighting at night and fragmented human body parts. These two types of subjects mirror each other in some combination of color, composition, visual weight, and framing.

With this work, I want to reveal the ways that emotions are manifested just as clearly in abstract and fragmented visuals, hollow light, and specific colors as they are on human faces. These emotions can be felt on empty streets, in the darkness, and through mood-associated colors–they can even be felt in the way parts of the body move, which is why each nighttime long exposure is paired or grouped with a long exposure of the body.

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Yunling Wang

Yunling Wang
ART 376: Intro to Photography
Digital images
13*20 (image 1,2) & 13*47 (image 3)
Series: 3 of 10 in the series (Time & Place: Biocore Prairie in Winter)

Statement: The place I photographed is the Biocore Prairie near Picnic Point. I used to have classes here in the fall, thus it feels very different to see it in the winter. The contrast between the green grass and the withered prairie plants and the contrast between the views in fall and in winter show a contrast between life and death. A prairie that is full of plants make me feel the beauty of life, but a prairie that has scarce plants show the beauty of hope.

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Joshua Huang

Joshua Huang
Art 376: Intro to Photography
Gelatin Silver Prints; 8×10 inches
Images: 3

Statement:
Here are three Portraits of my friends I took using my Canon AE-1 35mm camera. These images were part of my second project developing black and white film and I really like how these images capture their faces as well as the environment around them.

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Rich Rinka

Rich Rinka
Art 280: Intro to Photography
digital print

The assignment was a self portrait of ourselves. I took a variety of photos in front of the light, but this one stood out to me the most. The closer you look, the more you can see my body illuminated by the light, but the farther you are, the less visible it becomes. It took me a while, but I finally decided to title it ‘Catching Light.’ This is symbolic for me because it represents the idea that no matter how dark it may seem at times, we will always try to reach out in order to grasp the light.

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Justin Ruether

Justin Ruether
ART 280 Intro to Photography + Digital Imaging
Digital Print 14×11

Statement: For this project, our task was to take a self portrait. Now for some people this can be a fun task, but for someone like me that would much rather be behind the lens, it was not easy. Photography is something that I have loved for a little over two and a half years now. Neon photography is also something that has been one of my inspirations that I find myself loving to photograph. I combined the two for this project and laid behind my “Do what you love” sign. The way I tried to position my hands my eyes was to depict someone that was overwhelmed or stressed. This is because there are a lot of distractions in life and things that can overwhelm you, and it is always important to find time to do what you love.

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Erika Ditzman

Erika Ditzman
ART 280: Introduction to Photography and Digital Imaging
Digital Print; 8″ x 12″

Assigned as an “insightful portrait,” my work captures my best friend in her natural habitat: the library. Looking for a book for another dreadful assignment, the framing closes in on her, serving as a dark and oppressive presence.

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Justin Ruether

Justin Ruether
ART 280 Intro to Photography + Digital Imaging
Digital Print; 14×11

Statement: For this project, our goal was to create an inspirational portrait. I wanted to portray a picture that was powerful and relatable to most people that would view this. In this photo, we only used the light from her phone to give it that reality of darkness when you’re alone. The sad look on her face along with the tear running down her face can give you a sense that she just received a really sad text message. It can be from a friend, a significant other, a family member, or just a sad video that she saw. What is on her phone is really up for interpretation.

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Spencer Linse

Spencer Linse
Art 376: Introduction to Black & White Darkroom Photography
Silver Prints; 8″x10″
20 Images in Series

Statement: My goal for this project is to compare how different people portray their emotions. Specifically, Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust, which happen to be the main characters of my favorite Disney/Pixar movie, Inside Out. I pride myself on my ability to read how people are feeling, but every person is different, and it is not always easy to tell what people are thinking. By comparing several images of different people performing their version of emotion, I hope to allow my audience to see that you can’t always judge a book by its cover. Many times, it’s easy to confuse one person’s version of an emotion with another’s. This goes to show that despite how someone might look, they’re not always “ok” and it’s important for people to ask before assumptions are made. My hope is that the power these images carry will be driven by the parallels drawn between them and will resonate differently with each individual who views them.

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Emma Schatz

Emma Schatz
Art 376: Intro to Film Photography
8×10 gelatin silver prints
20 prints in total for series

Statement: For my final project I chose to document fast fashion and mindless consumerism. I focused on documenting Black Friday as well as sale events at stores on State Street in Madison. The main message I wanted to portray through my images was that consumers do not think about the labor intensive work that goes into developing the materials required for making clothes. As well as the environmental imprint this creates, many companies turn a bling eye to issues such as cultural appropriation. These are all things we should be thinking about, as consumers.

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Jacobo Kirsch

Jacobo Kirsch
Art 476: Intermediate Photography
Archival Pigment Prints; 8×10 in
Series out of 19

Statement:
I see this project as a protest. The over-consumption and disposal of plastic is the
objective of this series of photographs. It shows nonsensical scenes that represent our
irrationality of the constant need for polymers to survive. By de-objectifying its use and
humanizing its application, I found a way to transmit a visual introspection of the inanity
of our utilization of these material

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Megan Huth

Megan Huth
ART 280: Intro Photography and Digital Imaging
Digital Prints; 10”x10″

Statement: This series was meant to show the metaphor about being afraid to share true feelings, and the exhaustion that happens because of it. People tend to hide behind a mask to protect their true emotions. This series is supposed to remind the viewer it is okay to be themselves and not hide.

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Larissa Lederman

Larissa Lederman
Art 376 Intro to Photography
Silver Prints; 8×10″
Series has 20 Images in total

This series is part of my final project. The series is centered around cooperation. Each shot was changed with every photo and the crew switched out, while we all worked together on how to set the scene. No two photos are exactly the same, whether it is angle, lighting or position. While one would model, the other would be in charge of the lighting, all while we discuss the scene. We would converse about what look we’ve already done and what would be something different we could do. The reason as to why I approached it this way, was to see how the images would change if more than one person was truly participating in the process