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.

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.