New Work: Advanced Photography

What a fantastic start to a new school year!  The two advanced photography classes presented very impressive work at the first critique last week.  I am showcasing a small amount of the images below.  If you'd like to come and see the work first-hand, please feel free to stop by C building (room 307).  The images will be on display until the end of the first quarter.

And, as always, also feel free to leave any comments for the artists in the comments link at the bottom of this post.  The artists will greatly appreciate reading feedback about their work!

Emily Amyotte, sophomore

Alex Rios, senior

Natalie Bender, junior

Vicky Phelps, senior

Anna Wenner, senior

Emily Ferlemann, junior

Lindsey Modin, senior

Ryan Scott, senior

Grace Elizabeth Phelps Hyphen Roper, senior

Alexa Bowen, junior

Anthony Flippo, senior

Kyle Owen, senior

Travis Jenson, senior


Cardboard Cameras

Long Beach, CA sculptor Kiel Johnson (who received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kansas!) creates some pretty crazy stuff out of cardboard...little urban landscapes, submarines, and really cool cameras. Enjoy this small selection of his high-quality work and definitely watch the video that includes a time-lapse creation of a larger-than-life twin-lens reflex camera!!

single lens reflex 2

point and shoot

polaroid 1

Kiel Johnson's Cardboard Twin Lens Reflex Camera Time Lapse from Theo Jemison on Vimeo.

(update, 9/26/10) sent in by an anonymous commenter, click here to check out a larger-than-life size Holga camera!


Photographer: Stefano Unterthiner

[via stefanounterthiner.com]: "Stefano Unterthiner began serious photography at the age of 17, went on to study zoology, obtaining a Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, and then started his career as a professional photographer. One of his first assignment won him the prestigious Mario Pastore prize for best young environmental journalist. Stefano is the author of five photographic books, he's a regular prize-winner in the international BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, and his work is widely published in magazines worldwide such as National Geographic, GEO, BBC Wildlife, Terre Sauvage, Animan, & Airone.

Stefano travels regularly around the world in search of new subjects for his photo stories. He specializes in telling an animal's life story, living in close contact with his chosen species for long periods. Most of all, Stefano has a strong commitment to wildlife conservation and environmental issues, and he is particularly interested in human-nature interaction."

View the rest of Stefano's amazing Photo Stories on his website!


An encounter with the king of the forest - the European bison from Stefano Unterthiner on Vimeo.


New Terminology: Bokeh

Bokeh (pronounced 'bo' as in bone, and 'keh' as as in kelly) comes from the Japanese word boke which means blur or haze or the blur quality.

[via Wikipedia] "Differences in lens aberrations and aperture shape cause some lens designs to blur the image in a way that is pleasing to the eye, while others produce blurring that is unpleasant or distracting -- "good" or "bad" bokeh, respectively. Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Photographers sometimes deliberately use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions. Bokeh is often most visible around small background highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources, which is why it is often associated with such areas. However, bokeh is not limited to highlights, as blur occurs in all out-of-focus regions of the image."

Here are eight wonderful examples of creative bokeh photography. Be sure to click on the link after the images to see even more!

40 Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography @ thephotoargus.com


America in Color: 1939-1943

Many of you will certainly recognize Migrant Mother photographed by Dorothea Lange during the Great Depression. Lange's photos has, through the years, come to exemplify the pain and strife that affected a large population of the working force in America. Most of the images produced by Lange and other photographers who worked for the Resettlement Administration were produced in black and white. In fact, most of the images (since the invention of photography) that define the history of the United States are in black and white. Many of you may not know that color photography was available as early as 1936 when Kodak produced the first commercially available color film called Kodachrome.

Over the summer the Denver Post displayed a gorgeous collection of photographs on their photography blog Plog that shows a rare and unique glimpse into American history in full glorious color!

[via Plog]: These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. The photographs are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.

Scroll through the rest of the images here ------> Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943


Magnetic Polaroid Frames

The Photojojo Store has the coolest magnetic Polaroid frames for sale! You do remember Polaroids don't you? It hasn't been that long since Polaroid stopped making film.

If you miss that Polaroid-feel to your photos than these magnetic frames would be the perfect idea to display your images on any metal surface. Or, gift them to your favorite photo-enthusiast. For $15 you will receive 6 frames and a dry-erase pen to title your mini works of art!

If you would rather turn your blasé digital images into a digital Polaroid then check out the Poladroid application for your computer!