New Work: Advanced Photography

Two more amazing critiques with the advanced photography students have come and gone.  They are now preparing for the final critique of the semester.  They will be hard-pressed to top themselves by the end of the semester...but I am definitely looking forward to seeing what they plan to present!

Grace Elizabeth Phelps hyphen Roper, senior

Anna Wenner, senior

Dylan Rogers, senior

Taylor Weakly, senior

Natalie Bender, junior

Travis Jenson, senior

Vicky Phelps, senior

AJ Calvin, senior

Jenna Sann, senior

Jonathan Brooks, junior

Ashten Zander, junior

Ryan Scott, senior

Brandy Booker, senior

Cody Martin, junior

Emily Ferlemann, junior

Kyle Owen, senior


Photosynthesis is 2 Years Old!

Pick a Number, Juwa

I can hardly believe it!  This blog is now two years old...it seems a lot older than that.  Over the last two years I have shared some incredible photography both from professionals around the internet and from the many amazing students in the photography program here at Topeka West.  I wish I could personally thank each and every one of you for your submissions and your support.  You are very much appreciated and are the reason this blog continues to thrive!  --Mr. B. 


#2 grey, Mark Ralston


Photography 1: New Work (Repetition)

The last several weeks have been very busy for this semester's Photography 1 students!  I'm sure most of them have been enjoying getting out of the class room and taking their first rolls of film out and around Topeka.  Here is a small sampling of images from their first project: Repetition.

Salvador Munoz, sophomore

Mason Payne, sophomore

Taylor Anderson, junior

Justin Sly, junior

Austin Davids, sophomore

Allison Owen, sophomore

Kenneth Diec, sophomore

Chris Harris, junior

Mackenzie King, sophomore

Macahla Wesley, sophomore

Laura Ruhnke, junior

Jeremy Selley, sophomore

Shelbi Markham, junior

 Kaleb Toda, sophomore



Instagram (compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) is an amazingly fun & simple life-sharing app for your iPhone.  Snap photos wherever you go to show the world what’s going on in your life. Follow your friends’ photo updates as they move through the world.  Select from photo filters that transform regular ol’ photos into works of art you’ll want to keep around forever.
  • Apply over a dozen fun & beautiful filters to your photos
  • Post as many photos as you want, for free!
  • Find and follow friends who are using the app
  • Attach (optional) location information to any of your posts
  • Share your posts to Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Facebook
  • Check in to Foursquare when you post a photo with a location
  • Let you friends know what you think by liking & commenting on their photos
  • View the most popular photos around the world from Instagram users
  • Supports first generation, 3G, 3GS, and iPhone 4 phones
  • Full iPhone 4 camera support
I have already downloaded and installed the app and the Popular photos are amazing to browse through!  Also, if you are interested, I have registered as jberryman and feel free to follow me as I have already uploaded my first image.....very cool!!

 iPhone image taken during the KC Plaza Art Fair

 Uploaded image

Profile status showing uploaded image, 
feel free to follow and comment!


Happy Halloween!

What better way to celebrate Halloween than to enjoy the images by Kansas City-based horror photographer Joshua Hoffine?  His work is elaborate, creative, and....scary!!

 Candy, Joshua Hoffine

 From Hoffine's artist statement: "I stage my photo shoots like small movies, with sets, costumes, elaborate props, fog machines, and special effects make-up.  Everything is acted out live in front of the camera.  I use friends and family members, including my own daughters, as actors and crew.

I try to present the images within the visual grammar of a child.  I want the viewer to empathize with the child, to share their point of view, to feel their sense of vulnerability.  The images stress danger, and depict an amoral world where purity and innocence are under constant threat.  Like fairy tales, these photographs function as cautionary metaphors about the potential dangers of the world."

 Swarm, Joshua Hoffine

 See more of Joshua Hoffine's work at www.joshuahoffine.com and keep up-to-date with his latest projects at Hoffine's Behind the Scenes Horror Blog


New Work: Advanced Photography

After another two days of amazing critiques the advanced photography students have stepped it up another notch! Please enjoy this small sampling of the incredible talent that is evident here at Topeka West!!  Be sure to click on each image to see a larger version...and don't forget to leave comments at the bottom of the post, the students would love it!

(Coming soon:  new work by this year's beginning photography students.)

Travis Jenson, senior

Dagan Brichalli, senior

Natalie Bender, junior

Emily Ferlemann, junior (cyanotype)

Vicky Phelps, senior

Jenna Sann, senior

Ryan Scott, senior

Alexus Renyer, junior

Emily Amyotte, sophomore

Maci Loughrea, senior

Grace Elizabeth Phelps hyphen Roper, senior

Joe Bourne, senior

Alex Rios, senior

Rebecca Dixon, senior

Anna Wenner, senior (cyanotype)