photography, Western Michigan University

Kaitlyn Rode

Kaitlyn Rode
ART 5480: Photography Workshop
Digital Inkjet Prints; 23″ x 15″
There will be 12 in the series

“To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is the bad dream.” – Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar was published in 1963 and written by the American poet Sylvia Plath. For this series of work, I use The Bell Jar as a map of female expectation, mental illness, and growth; themes that have had constant relevance in my own life. I focus on young women going through a similar metamorphosis as I, and often similar pains. Each photo is inspired by a different quote from the novel that I portrayed not as an illustration but as a visualization of what that quote means to me and how I relate. As a result, this series works as a link between Sylvia Plath’s semi-autobiography, my experiences, and countless other young women’s stories.

Plath, Sylvia. The Bell Jar. Harper Collins, 1971.

photography, Western Michigan University

Emily Merlo

Emily Merlo
ART 4470: Digital Photography II
Digital Prints; 16×24
8 Images total

Statement: In my life, I struggle with depression and dissociation. My body is in the physical world, but my brain often tends to drift away. By blocking out the face and head, I dehumanize the subject of the photographs, only leaving the hands to represent the small pieces of humanity a person with depression can afford to show the world. The empty spaces are left to make the viewer ponder where the subject’s mind is in relation to their body. They also express the loneliness felt in day-to-day life. We pass hundreds of strangers a day, without remembering any details other than the fact that they have a human form.

photography, Western Michigan University

Chris Radford

Fueled by the fear of low oil reserves, the possible daily attacks on American citizens, and the loss of federally granted freedom, the American Government and corporations employ tactics to exhaust taxable citizens earnings to defend the American dream. Invasions of foreign lands have been proven to have an alternative motive, time and time again, to collect and overtake resources as commodities. Our government-backed corporations not only invade foreign lands, but our homeland as well. Whether it Is Big pharmaceutical companies “mining” for fake illnesses to cure, securing or stealing land from its people to extract the natural resources to fuel the overpopulated highways, or selling false security as a safe, border locked nation at the high price of hardware with mediocre security operators and agents.

This series of work will ask the questions, What is patriotism? Who and what controls the freedoms of our nation? Are we Free? Are we locked with fear of losing freedoms that do not exist in the proportions that we are lead to believe we have? With the use of digital and film photography, I will be producing a series of Mixed Media collage images. The elements are in fact digital photographs that have been rendered into vectors through graphic design software, or scanned film photography collaged into the layered images.

Chris Radford
Art 5480 Photo Workshop
Digital Prints/Digital Scanned Film/Digital Photography/Graphic Design Collage
27×36 in.
15 images in total for series