12/11/2017

2018 Kansans...As Talented As You Think! High School Art Competition

Please extend a huge congratulations to seniors Elliot Mehrens, Andrea Pagan, and Collin Werner whose photographs were selected as finalists in the 2018 Kansans...As Talented As You Think! high school art competition!

Elliot's image, Color Splash, is a finalist in the Mixed Media category while Andrea's image, Anemomenphobia, and Collin's image, Ke Kikowaena, are finalists in the Black & White Photography category.

One winner from each of the eight categories will be awarded a $100 scholarship and Best of Show, chosen from among all category finalists, will receive a $300 scholarship!

Their photographs (shown below) will be displayed at the Native Son's and Daughter's Kansas Day Banquet on January 26, 2018. 



Congratulations Elliot, Andrea, and Collin!!! 





 Elliot Mehrens, senior          Color Splash (Mixed Media category finalist)



 Andrea Pagan, senior          Anemomenphobia (Black & White Photography category finalist)



Collin Werner, senior          Ke Kikowaena (Black & White Photography category finalist)










12/07/2017

New Work: Digital Photography 1

It has been a quick semester with the Digital Photography 1 students.  But, as always, I have been pleasantly surprised with the outpouring of incredible and creative images that they have been producing over the past several weeks!!

Please enjoy this gallery of 30 images created by our wonderful students and, as always, feel free to click on any photograph to view at a higher resolution.  And, if you have them in class, tell them that you viewed their image on the Topeka West Photosynthesis blog!!






 Andrew Cole, junior



 Ashley Blenden, senior



 Lilly Melkus, sophomore



 Hugo Gonzalez, sophomore



 Dakota McLaughlin, junior



 Sadie Cadwell, junior



 Reese Edmonds, sophomore



 Kamiyah Carr, junior



 Kaleb Ayers, senior



 Eli Smith, junior



 Marcus Smith, sophomore



 Brandon Treglio, junior



 Kenton Morris, sophomore



 Hailey Zimmerman, sophomore



 Daitsy Olivas, junior



 Shawn Martin, junior



 Darianna Lolar, sophomore



 Laryn Wilson, senior



 Oscar Zapata, sophomore



 Sydnee Proctor, sophomore



 Tatum Gentry, sophomore



 Aunna Sanchez-Day, junior



 Peyton Link, sophomore



 Caleb Jennings, junior



 Jade Kern, sophomore



 Morgan Kuhn, sophomore 



 Taylor Overstreet, sophomore



 Kaitlyn Shima, sophomore



 Jasmyne Lee, sophomore



Raine Thompson, sophomore






11/28/2017

New Work: Digital Photography 2 & Media Technology

Critique #3 has come and gone and the students in Digital Photography 2 and Media Technology are looking ahead to their final critiques of the semester!  The students are creating some unbelievably creative and technically superior images.  For example, the first image (created by senior Jared Freed) is a self portrait shot on video with his iPhone and a single frame was pulled from the video.  And the portrait of a young girl with earmuffs was shot by senior Regan Neeley of her sister when we had our first brief snow of the season on Halloween.

I am always continually proud of our students at Topeka West and the extreme effort that they put into their art work!!  Enjoy this gallery, and, as always, feel free to click on any image to view at a larger resolution and tell the students (if you have them in class) that you viewed their images on the  blog!!





 Jared Freed, senior          Media Technology, HDR concentration



 Andrea Pagan, senior          Media Technology, Black & White concentration



 Gabe Dobler, junior          Digital Photography 2, Low Light project



 Nick Burgess, junior          Media Technology, Portraits concentration



 Collin Werner, senior          Media Technology, Architecture concentration 



 Caden Sell, junior           Digital Photography 2, Alternative Photographic Technique project



 Pablo Avila-Munoz, junior          Digital Photography 2, Abstract project



 Regan Neeley, senior          Media Technology, Human Nature concentration 



 Taber Schrock, junior          Media Technology, HDR concentration   



 Carlos Lucio, senior          Media Technology, Portraits concentration 



 Madison Stratman, junior          Media Technology, Black & White concentration 



 Eli Perez, junior          Media Technology, HDR concentration 



Genson Simecka, senior          Media Technology, Architecture concentration 






11/13/2017

New Work: Digital Photography 1

Back to back Digital Photography 1 posts!  The students this semester are really beginning to find their grooves and are pumping out incredible images!!  I can't wait to have many of these students in Digital Photography 2.

Please enjoy this gallery and stay tuned for another Digital Photography 2/Media Tech post within the next couple of weeks.  Our next critiques are coming up this week and I am really looking forward to seeing what our students will present!!

(As always, click on the images to view at a larger resolution and share this gallery with colleagues, friends, and family!!)




 Hugo Gonzalez, sophomore



 Ashley Blenden, senior



 Jessica Locey, sophomore



 Kenton Morris, sophomore



 Laryn Wilson, senior



 McKenzie Noble, sophomore



 Morgan Kuhn, sophomore



 Lilly Melkus, sophomore



 Eli Smith, junior



 Brandon Treglio, junior



 Sadie Cadwell, junior



 Mason Parkerson, sophomore



 Tatum Gentry, sophomore



 Hailey Zimmerman, sophomore



 Kaleb Ayers, senior



 Brittney Martin, sophomore



 Diamond Sanchez, junior



 Caleb Jennings, junior



 Elmer Rodriguez Maldona, sophomore



 Jacob Fessman, junior



 Jacie Chestnut, senior



 Oscar Zapata, sophomore



 Kaliech Knight, senior



 Sierra Nelson, sophomore



Rajh-Gerio Smith, junior