2013 Congressional Art Awards

The results are in!  The winners of the 2013 Congressional Art Awards have been announced.  Please help me in extending a huge congratulations to two of Topeka West's finest photographers, Jared Scrinopskie and Patrick Lacy!!

Patrick's incredibly time-consuming piece, titled Ashlar, placed 3rd while Jared's visually stimulating image, titled Dreaming, placed 1st overall!!  This is only Topeka West's second time entering the contest (last year T. West placed 2nd and 4th overall) and I definitely plan to continue entering work created by our fantastic students in the photography program.

Jared's photograph will be re-matted and framed and then will be shipped to Washington, D. C. where it will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one full year.  Jared will also receive two round-trip airfare tickets to Washington, D.C. courtesy of Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins' office (who sponsored the art awards).

Way to go West!!

Jared Scrinopskie, Dreaming           1st Place, 2013 Congressional Art Awards

Patrick Lacy, Ashlar                                               3rd Place, 2013 Congressional Art Awards


Update:  Today, May 2nd, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (along with Topeka West's principal Jeanne Carton and other distinguished guests) stopped by the photography class room to personally congratulate Jared and Patrick.  What a fantastic opportunity for these students and for Topeka West!


New Work: Advanced Photography

Once again, the advanced photography students continue to excel in their field.  The rich, dynamic images that they created for this past critique are some of the best to be shown this year!!

Several new students to the Photosynthesis blog are showing off their work for the first time.  I am proud to see some of the younger students pushing their ideas further to have their work included with the best from this past critique!

(if you'd like to view a larger version of each image, just click on the photograph...)

 Christina Morrissey, sophomore

 Jared Scrinopskie, junior

Hannah McCall, senior

 Kasey Helms, junior

 Rebekah Harding, senior

 Tharin Brown, junior

 Natiya Bisnauth, junior

 Taylor Trauthwein, junior

 Kelly King, junior

 Andrew Tenholder, junior

 Kiera Boone, junior

 Clayton Werner, senior


Military Photographer of the Year: Jeremy Lock

[via Petapixel]:  Every year since 1960, the government has held a Military Photographer of the Year competition to highlight the best images created by photographers in uniform.  US Air Force Master Sergeant Jeremy “JT” Lock has won the award a staggering seven times.  No other military photographer has come close to that.

Lock is an editorial photojournalist who has opportunities and training that most war photographers don’t enjoy.  For example, he’s specially trained to shoot on land, from the air, and under the sea.  His job has taken him to 40 countries on 6 continents.

While some conflict photographers are beginning to learn certain things that are useful for battlefields, Lock is equally comfortable with both a gun and a camera in the thick of battles.  He has even earned himself a Bronze Star, which is awarded for acts of heroism in a combat zone.

His career started 21 years ago when he was given darkroom tech responsibilities as an Air Force airman.  From that lowly position, he worked his way up to the role of active military photographer, and began collecting accolades along the way.  His photographs have been featured worldwide in publications that include National Geographic, Time Magazine, and the New York Times.

 When Lock won the award for Military Photographer of the Year earlier this year, the Washington Times aired this feature about the photographer and his images:

To view more of Lock's photography (both military and non-military) click ---> here.


New Work: Digital Photography 1

Now that Digital Photography 1 students are already half-way through their semester of class they are beginning to find their groove.  It is incredibly enjoyable and fulfilling to watch as the students create images that are stronger in composition and more variety in color than they did at the beginning of the semester!

Please enjoy this small selection from their most current work...

 Kanen McMurray, sophomore

 Caitlin King, junior

 Jordynn Moore, sophomore

Baylee Parsons, sophomore

 Alayne Weber, senior

 Chai Stano, sophomore

 Tyrell Juarez, sophomore

 Cheyenne Johnson, sophomore

 Rachel Johnson, senior

Kanesha Hinnant, sophomore


New Work: Digital Photography 2

This is the first semester for Digital Photography 2, though the class existed several years ago as Digital Imaging.  With only 5 students currently enrolled, I have been greatly impressed with the progress they have been making!

As more students enroll in Digital Photography 1 next year the numbers will surely begin to grow in Digital Photography 2.  Please enjoy this selection of finished images from the student's first three projects:  Apple desktop image, digital colorization, and high-dynamic range photography.

 Chelsea Thatcher, senior

 Tharin Brown, junior

Justin Cochran, junior

 Kasey Helms, junior

 Destinee' Wheat, junior

 Tharin Brown, junior

Chelsea Thatcher, senior

 Kasey Helms, junior

 Justin Cochran, junior

 Destinee' Wheat, junior