photography, University of Kentucky

Erin Tappel

Erin Tappel
A-S 380: Darkroom Photography
Digital Photos; 12×8 inches
4 images shared (20 images in series)

I wished to create a work that thoughtfully captured the world in which I have created. My room and home are fully of beautiful and interesting items which I do not appreciate regularly. Photos that make the eye wander and the mind question are my favorites. I wanted to document the beauty around me as a way of coping with being confined to my environment. Living in a positive environment where I feel secure is a blessing that I must appreciate during this difficult time.

I manipulated objects and positioning with some items but documenting my environment as it exists was important for the project. Many items hold great personal value to me, are gifts, or heirlooms. Light reflection and texture are captured up close gave depth to the items. This depth mimics the personal effects the items have had on my life. Film would have required me to have a tripod which would have been difficult to capture some angles and in somme lighting conditions. I enjoyed how quickly I was able to change contrast levels. Darkroom is a meditative experience that I wish I could have during these times.

photography, University of Kentucky

Paige Leighton

Paige Leighton
A-S 380 Darkroom Photography
Digital Prints- Due to the recent circumstances of COVID-19, our university’s darkroom is closed. All photographs are taken in the style of film.

The following four photographs are a few from my landscape series that consists of twenty total photographs. The first two were photographed in Lake Cumberland, KY while the third and fourth photographs were shot in Lexington, KY.

These photographs illustrate the past two weeks in my life, social-distancing during this pandemic. Though I am a person who strives on communication and socialization, time spent separated from society really aided in opening my eyes to a world that I didn’t know I needed to still understand. I split my time between my roommate’s home in Lake Cumberland, KY and Lexington, KY which taught me to become more connected to the land we come from. I learned that silence speaks a powerful message and its important to have a connection with the land that you come from.

photography, University of Kentucky

Kimberly Styer

Kimberly Styer
A-S 380 Black and White Darkroom Photography
Digital, Not printed
20 total images

For this project, I continued with my theme from my visual exhibition. I was able to get out and go on a long walk with a couple of people recently. We’d all been quarantined, so no worries there, but we just wandered the roads around our apartment. It was very interesting to see all the small details that I would pick up on when going out specifically to take photos. A few of the photos are repeats from the visual exhibition but the rest are new. I wanted to just get those small details, and hopefully inspire others to get out and find new things that are just a few minutes away from your home.

I think the biggest thing I got out of this is that I definitely need my camera on me at all times. Stuff like a pile of wood or a tire I would normally just pass by. But with my camera on me, my viewpoint changes and I start thinking of how they would make such an interesting picture. I enjoyed getting to make an interesting collection of images and while they’re all very different, I hope they still have a sort of connection to each other.

photography, University of Kentucky

Taelor Parish-Williams

Taelor Parish-Williams
A-S 380 Black and White Darkroom Photography
Digital
I chose 4 Photos from a series of 20

Statement: I recently moved into my new home. With the current situation that the world is experiencing, I have had a lot of time to become acquainted with the new walls that surround me. With my area of photography being limited to only my home and my cell phone, I decided to utilize the distinct surfaces that appear throughout. I found areas around me that have shown me there is beauty in the simplicity of an old home. Although using a cell phone took away my ability to develop my photographs, I believe that using something as simple as a cell phone can bring out its textures as well as its unique contrast, the same way that film would allow these details to shine.

photography, University of Kentucky

Martha McHaney

Martha McHaney
A-S 380 Black and White Darkroom
Digital Prints
Part of a series titled “42001” and there are 20 images in the series

Statement: “In my series, ‘42001,’ I wanted to explore what aspects of my hometown contributed to who I am today. I was able to reflect upon the eighteen years spent in this town and the special places that I considered as building blocks in the story of my life. Taking a more literal approach to the documentation of my home, I found a lot of meaning and comfort behind the making of this series.”

Names of pieces are as follows, “room,” “the river,” “market house theatre studio,” and “westwood.”

photography, University of Kentucky

Emily Camacho

Emily Camacho
A-S 380: Black and White Darkroom Photography
Digital PHotos
In a series of 20 other photos

These photos are part of a series where all of the photos were taken in places that I frequently drive past in my day-to-day routine. It’s rare that I really take a moment to stop and look at each of them as I go past, so I figured it would be interesting to find new ways to see them through a camera lens. These locations can each be found on one route, going from my home to downtown Nashville. It’s about a 30 minute drive, so I really tried to find things that stood out to me. Some of the photos are of the after effects of tornado damage while others are of this new-normal from the effects of COVID-19. I wanted to keep them as little scenes without people because I feel like it adds a different effect that’s almost kind of eerie.

photography, U of Wisconsin, Madison

Rebecca Kite

Rebecca Kite
Art 376: Intro to Photography
Digital Photography

These photographs were taken in a school neighborhood shortly after the stay-at-home restrictions were announced in late march. The first two photos were taken at 8 am when the first bell for classes rang throughout the empty playground. The latter two images explore how many people are able to stay at home, whereas the working man still must leave to attend work every day—the only face seen in these photos belongs to a statue of a miner.

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.

St. Norbert College, video

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.

photography, U of Wisconsin, Madison

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.

photography, U of Wisconsin, Madison

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.

photography, U of Wisconsin, Madison

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.

photography, U of Wisconsin, Madison

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.

photography, U of Wisconsin, Madison

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.