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.

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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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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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Meghan Lamb

Meghan Lamb
ART 280: Intro to Photography
Digital Photographs; 14 x 9 in.
Images in series: 2

Statement: The prompt of this project was photography as metaphor, so I wanted to create something that could be very self-interpretive and subjective. One could look at this as a statement on climate change, an increasingly heated political state worldwide, humanity’s endeavors to save the planet and pull it out of the hot water, or even as whatever one views as meaning the world to them being “in hot water” and trying to save it.

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Whitney Makowski

Whitney Makowski
Art 280- Introduction to Photography
Silver Print; 14″x8.3″

This project of mine turned out to be one of my favorite pieces I have done; with that said, it was also the most frustrating. My focus was to capture myself in the shower because that is my reflection time from a long, stressful day. While I was taking the photos, the process seemed to be a disaster. Water kept getting into my eyes, and I was afraid my camera was going to stop working from water damage (it did not). I took about 75 photos, and I narrowed it down to this exact one. The thing I love most about my image, is how crisp the faucet is. The detail of the water spilling off along with the different reflections on the faucet, is what catches my eye the most.

One of the struggles I faced while working on this project was that I do not like talking pictures of myself, and since I was nude, I was even more vulnerable. This was extremely uncomfortable for me; I almost tossed the idea but I took a few more shots and got out of the shower.

Another struggle was the fear of the image portraying as sexual over vulnerability. In this new age of technology, I was terrified to showcase this picture of myself due to so many individuals who won’t see this image for something more than a naked woman in the shower. But that is exactly why I showcased the image, if I choose to allow those fears dictate who I am as an artist, I will never grow. Instead of backlash, I received support and encouragement, which I am truly grateful and thankful for.

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Megan Huth

Megan Huth
ART 280: Intro Photography and Digital Imaging
Digital Print; 8”x13”

When I was assigned to take a self-portrait, I did not want to take a photo of myself. Instead, I wanted to use objects that symbolize and define me. There are two sides of me: a competitive athlete and a fashionable woman. However, sometimes my feminine side is hidden by the athlete. I wanted to create an image representing my femininity. I purposely kept the heel red against the black and white jersey and ball to make it stand out. Instead of seeing the athlete, you see the real me.

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Rebecca Craig

Rebecca Craig
ART 124: Mobile Digital Photography
Medium – digital print

Description: I love this photo because of the depth. Through simple experimentation with focus on my phone camera, I took a simple subject with minimal depth, and added another dimension to the photo by adjusting the areas that were blurry and the areas that were in focus.

St. Norbert College, video

Emerson Bartch

Emerson Bartch
ART 460 Digital Studio

For this piece I was inspired by Jan Svankmajer’s stop motion film from 1992, FOOD, and the saying “You are what you consume.”. Through this piece I was thinking of music and how, similarly to visual art, it creates an emotional response from its audience and can greatly affect an individual’s mood. All though we do not get to decide what products are produced for us, and in a sense don’t have control over what we want to consume, we have the ability to determine what we will consume based off of what is provided for us. Those choices can affect our health and who we are as a person.

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Diedre Brennan

Diedre Brennan
ART 460: Digital Studio
Digital Prints; 26” x 20″

Statement – I am calling this work Digital World. I wanted to create a world where technology and digital use are the main focus. The landscape is a blown-up keyboard. You see color pops of illustrations that make you want to take a closer look. Upon taking a closer look, you will realize that every person is on their phone, either looking at it, talking on the phone, or taking a selfie. In some ways, I think that this can reflect how people really are in today’s society, looking at their phone while walking around instead of engaging with everyone around them. I wanted to creatively represent how big of a role technology plays in our lives today.

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Olivia Platz

Olivia Platz
Art 280: Introduction to Photography and Digital Imaging
Digital Print 12.4″ x 9.3″

This photograph is a social statement that is intended to make the viewer think “Imagine If…” The map of the world behind the subject is to show that if all fast food restaurants changed the food that they sold, obesity in the world would be greatly reduced. This is just one way to interpret the picture. By keeping the central idea of “Imagine If…” in mind, the interpretation of this picture is left to the viewer.

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Brianna Braeger

Brianna Braeger
Art 280 Intro Photography + Digital Imagery
Digital Print (glossy); 8″ x 10″

This photograph is an insightful portrait of my good friend, Luis. We both are sport addicts, which led to the decision to take photos on a soccer field, in his school uniform. I wanted to capture Luis in “soccer mode,” which is far different from his personality off the field. A legitimate example of sour versus sweet.

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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.

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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.