A Girl & Her Dogs

"I am 17 years old and an aspiring photographer. Ever since I set my hands on a camera, I knew I had unlocked a new dimension. One where you can expand your imagination and run for endless miles. Photography makes you look at things differently. You notice rain drops and the way the sun kisses the Earth. You breath in every moment of your life. You love to live and live to love. There is no time to waste because there is an urgency to capture each loving gesture, smile, and laugh in both humans and animals. Then every photograph becomes timeless and you smile, knowing that you hold a few split seconds in your hands. I live in a box called a camera with the lens as my window and everyday I sit on my couch watching the world outside through a different perspective. No worries, my dogs are right beside me looking at it the same way."  -- Jessica Trinh

 See more of Jessica's work:
     on her website


     on her Flickr page


New Work: Advanced Photography

Yes!  It is that time of year again.  Advanced photography students completed their first critique of the semester and many of the students showed some very promising work!

Please feel free to share the link to this post with all of your friends...email it, Tweet it, or Facebook it.  Let's get the word out that Topeka West is THE place to see the most amazing photography in the Topeka area!!

 Danielle Phelps, senior

 Kyler Collins, senior

 Alex Lewis, senior

 Carson Taggart, senior

 Isaac Hockenbarger, senior

 Patrick Lacy, senior

 Taryn Wilkerson, senior

 Melanie Yates, senior

 Kennadi Michael, junior

 Rebekah Harding, senior

 Gunnar Martin, senior

 Tressa Sands, junior

Patience Simpson, junior



1906 San Francisco Earthquake: Then & Now

[via shawnclover.com]:  "After reading San Francisco is Burning, Dennis Smith’s superb book of San Francisco’s reaction to the 1906 earthquake, I got to thinking.  What if I could precisely line up photos taken in 1906 with my own and combine the two together?  I’ve always been frustrated by typical “then and now” photos because the photographer always seems to do a sloppy job aligning his ’then’ photos with the ‘now’ photos.

After sifting through catalogs of library photos of the devastation of San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake, I picked out a variety of photos taken from April 18, 1906 to 1907 that I felt give a well-rounded depiction of what was going on in the city at the time.

Now comes the fun part.  Where was the exact spot the photographer stood?  What was the equivalent focal length of his camera’s lens combined with the film medium?  How high off the ground was the camera?  Where was the sun in the sky?  Everything needs to be precise when layering two photos on top of each other.  My original idea was to tear away a piece of the modern photo to expose the 1906 photo, but after playing around a bit, everything seemed more interesting when the two were softly blended together."  - Shawn Clover, photographer

See more of Shawn Clover's San Francisco "blends" at the following links:

Part 1 & Part 2


Now THAT'S a Photograph!

[via Gizmodo.com]:

Photographer Dallas Nagata White"My husband and I, along with a tour guide and a group of friends, hiked up to what was formerly the Royal Gardens subdivision above Kalapana, Hawaii, where the last standing house was just recently taken over by the active lava flow. While waiting for the rain to pass, we started taking back-lit portraits of each other in front of the lava flow after I set up my camera on the tripod. For the last photo, my husband spontaneously dipped me in a kiss. It was a truly once-in-a-lifetime moment!"

Yes it was...what an image!!