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)


INDIA by Brian Slater

A wonderful video showcasing the work of Brian Slater, Topeka West class of 1997, during his trip to India, January 2010:

Photography by Brian Slater © 2010, India January 2010
www.brianslaterphotography.com, www.sim2020.org


102-Year-Old Lens to Create Modern/Vintage Photos

[via PetaPixel]: "Photographer Timur Civan had a project that required vintage-looking photographs.  Originally planning to shoot the project on a 4×5 large format camera, he abandoned that route after calculating the cost for equipment and processing.  His lens technician friend then discovered a 1908 Wollensak 35mm F5.0 Cine-Velostigmat hand-cranked lens in a box of spare parts, and spent 6 hours helping him make the lens fit on an EF mount for Civan’s 5D Mark II."

Here are some of the images taken straight from Civan's Canon 5D Mark II (no post-editing)...very cool!!


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