4/10/2018

New Work: Digital Photography 2 & Media Technology

The third critiques for the semester have been completed and, once again, there are some fantastic images that have been submitted!!  Just take a look at the first image by junior Madison Stratman of a professional dancer, or senior Lake Johnson who used another string of Christmas lights but edited the image in black and white which really brings a completely different feel to the photograph, or sophomore Robert Sinner's image of three flowers that were photographed in water....yes water!!

The photography students at Topeka West always continue to amaze me and I hope they do the same to you!






 Madison Stratman, junior          Media Technology, Portraits concentration





 Lake Johnson, senior          Media Technology, Low Light concentration





 Annaleeza Stenti, senior          Digital Photography 2, Digital Manipulation project





 Nick Burgess, junior          Media Technology, Film concentration





 Tatum Gentry, sophomore          Digital Photography 2, Letters & Numbers project





 Robert Sinner, sophomore          Digital Photography 2, Nature project





 Collin Werner, senior          Media Technology, Low Light concentration





 Mason Parkerson, sophomore          Digital Photography 2, Alt Photo Technique project





 Taylor Overstreet, sophomore          Digital Photography 2, Alt Photo Technique project





 Taber Schrock, junior          Media Technology, Black & White concentration





 McKenzie Noble, sophomore          Digital Photography 2, Colorization project





 Sierra Nelson, sophomore          Digital Photography 2, Abstract project





Jared Freed, senior          Media Technology, Black & White concentration





4/02/2018

New Work: Digital Photography 1

The Digital Photography 1 students are in full swing this semester and fighting the ever-changing weather conditions to get out and shoot.  Some days are better than others but I'm hoping for increasingly better conditions as we get into the rest of the semester.

Please enjoy this first gallery of images from our talented beginning photographers!  And, as always, remember that you can click on the images to view at a larger resolution and if you have these students in class please let them know that you viewed their image on the Photosynthesis Blog!!





 Dacnet Garcia, sophomore



 Lauren Turner, sophomore



 Loren Kuck, senior



 Landyn Gentry, senior



 Rogelio Muruato, sophomore



 Ashley Wilson, sophomore



 Hanna Johnston, junior



 Autumm Collins, sophomore



 Keilah  Bynum, sophomore



 Perla Juarez, sophomore



 Juliana Caballero, sophomore



 Ashton Romero, sophomore



 Jonathan Waggle, junior



 Brady Reichart, junior



 Daniel Phelps, junior



 Alyssa Roberson, junior



 Joseph Waugh, sophomore



 Nicole Hanshaw, sophomore



 Brennan Clark, senior



Kyli Harris, sophomore




3/14/2018

Update: 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

For only the third time, in the 23 years that I have been teaching at Topeka West, student work that received a Gold Key Award at the regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has been accepted into the national show.  And for the first time ever, 2 students have received national medals!!!

I am pleased to announce that the following students have earned national recognition in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  Senior Andrea Pagan and junior Madison Stratman have been identified by panels of creative professionals as the most talented young artists in the nation.  This year, nearly 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted.  Less than 1% were recognized at the national level.  These students have been invited to attend a ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall (located in New York City) during the first week in June.




 Andrea Pagan, senior          Prosopagnosia, National Gold Medal Award





Madison Stratman, junior          Heterochromia, National Silver Medal Award




Again, congratulations to both Andrea and Madison.  I am extremely proud of both students!!

To view the other the other award winners at this year's regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards held in Wichita, 
please click -----> here.



3/03/2018

New Work: Digital Photography 2 & Media Technology

Only halfway through the spring semester and the Digital Photography 2 and Media Technology students are creating some of the most creative/technically challenging images that have been produced this year!  This gallery is filled with an incredible variety of techniques:  low light photography, portraiture, colorization, street photography, and more!!

Please click on the images to view them in a larger resolution so that you can truly appreciate the time and effort that has put into each and every one of these images.  They are truly remarkable!  And, as always, if you have the students in your classes let them know that you viewed their photography on the Photosynthesis blog!!





 Robert Sinner, sophomore          Digital Photography 2, Low Light project





 Marcus Smith, sophomore          Digital Photography 2, Colorization project





 Andrea Pagan, senior          Media Technology, Phobias concentration





 Taber Schrock, junior           Media Technology, Black & White concentration





 Taylor Overstreet, sophomore          Digital Photography 2, Letters & Numbers project





 Jade Kern, sophomore          Digital Photography 2, Low Light project 





 Madison Stratman, junior           Media Technology, Portraits concentration





 Nick Burgess, junior          Media Technology, Film concentration





 Raine Thompson, sophomore          Digital Photography 2, Alternative Photographic Process project





 Lake Johnson, senior          Media Technology, Low Light concentration





 Tatum Gentry, sophomore           Digital Photography 2, Colorization project





 Jared Freed, senior          Media Technology, Black & White concentration





 Annaleeza Stenti, senior           Digital Photography 2, Abstract project





Stacey Olson, senior          Media Technology, Human concentration





2/07/2018

New Work: Digital Photography 2 & Media Technology

The spring semester is into full swing and with that comes the first critique for the Digital Photography 2 and Media Technology classes.  I am extremely impressed with the continued level of craftsmanship and creativity that the Topeka West advanced photography students consistently display.  Hopefully, you will see the same in their work that I do!

Please enjoy this gallery and feel free to click on any image to view at a larger resolution.




 Taber Schrock, junior          Media Technology, Black & White concentration





 Madison Stratman, junior          Media Technology, Portraiture concentration





Tatum Gentry, sophomore          Digital Photography 2, Low Light project





Andrea Pagan, senior          Media Technology, Phobias concentration





Collin Werner, senior          Media Technology, Low Light concentration





Mason Parkerson, sophomore          Digital Photography 2, Nature project





Eli Perez, junior          Media Technology, Black & White concentration





Jade Kern, sophomore          Digital Photography 2, Letters & Numbers project





Nick Burgess, junior          Media Technology, Film concentration





Braedyn Lee, senior          Digital Photography 2, Abstract project





Sierra Nelson, sophomore          Digital Photography 2, HDR project





Taylor Overstreet, sophomore          Digital Photography 2, Abstract project





Lake Johnson, senior          Media Technology, Low Light concentration





Jared Freed, senior          Media Technology, Black & White concentration