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Ria Vaidya: Psychotic but Iconic

 

Photography and Text by Ria Vaidya, Copyright 2017

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PSYCHOTIC BUT ICONIC

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To be iconic is to be a symbol, and often with that symbol comes a streak of madness. From Karl Lagerfeld to Naomi Campbell to Kate Moss, being iconic has not always meant being perfectly in line with societal views. Some of the most iconic figures to date have not come without their baggage. This series aims to capture and illustrate a metaphor; this metaphor speaks for how clothes act not only as a style but also as a mask, in particular: the jacket. Jackets unlike other mainstream clothing items have the ability to add layers, or some might say extra façade. Throughout this series, the model modeled several different unique jackets that are very distinct from one another. Each piece could very well characterize completely different types of personalities yet the model executes each look thus portraying how fashion and style can change the perception of an individual. It can act as a barrier or as a gateway into their true self, regardless having the ability to create an identity for themselves. Fashion allows a person to camouflage into whatever and whomever they want. Inside they may be psychotic, but nonetheless, they can just as well be iconic.

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Portrait of Ria Vaidya by Linda Ruan, Copyright 2017

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About The Artist: Ria Vaidya is a Senior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2018. To access additional articles by Ria Vaidya, click herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/ria-vaidya-blinding/

 

 

Posted in Blog, Current Events, Environment, Fashion, Glamour, Models, Photography, Popular Culture, Portraiture, Student Life, UPenn Photography, Women

Jessica Moh: Simple Combinations

 

Photography and Text by Jessica Moh, Copyright 2017

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SIMPLE COMBINATIONS

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In this project, I chose to tackle the concept: “how many outfits can you make with a white shirt and denim jeans”. I chose this theme because everyday, I struggle with picking out an outfit, and end up eventually wearing a simple white top and jeans outfit.

I instructed all my models to only wear a white top and denim jeans to show that even such a simple outfit has so much diversity. For each model, I also decided to match their outfit to their personality because knowing each model personally, I knew how they would pose in each outfit. I chose to photograph my models in a studio because it was a controlled setting and all the attention would be put onto the model and the outfit. I did not want the lighting to be harsh but to look natural on the model.

As this was a fashion editorial, I wanted to solely focus on the fashion. A white shirt, whether a t-shirt or a button-down, is extremely versatile and can be worn for any occasion. Jeans on the other hand, are one of the most commonly worn clothing articles. I wanted to challenge myself to come up with ways to only work with two kinds of clothing items and to create as many outfits.

I think that a white shirt, depending on the style, can be very powerful. The color white is often associated with cleanliness and innocence. However, when it is paired with jeans or denim, a material that is made to look distressed and worn out, the white shirt is put into a different context. The contrast between something so simple and plain juxtaposed with ripped jeans shows how although two items that seem like they shouldn’t go together, work perfectly in unison. The simplicity of a white shirt contrasted against the holes and rips in jeans and denim give the outfit a composed yet effortless rugged and clean look.

If I could extend this project, I would challenge myself by only using a white button down and creating different outfits with that one shirt. I would end up manipulating or tying the shirt in different ways, breaking from the normal way of wearing a simple button down.

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Portrait of Jessica Moh by Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

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About The Author: Jessica Moh is a sophomore enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2020. To access additional articles by Jessica Moh, click here:http://tonywardstudio.com/blog/jessica-moh-statement-one-piece/

 

 

 

Posted in Blog, Fashion, Models, Photography, Popular Culture, Portraiture, Student Life, UPenn, Women

Julia Chun: Aesthetic in the Non-Aesthetic

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Photography, Text and Video by Julia Chun, Copyright 2017

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AESTHETIC IN THE NON-AESTHETIC

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As a photographer, it is always a joy to be able to photograph aesthetic objects or models that fill the frame without much pre nor post processing. The process of depicting an inherently flat and mundane object in a visually appealing way puts much more weight on the photographer’s part. However challenging that may be, it is a privilege as an artist to be able to freely picture any subject as he or she wants to and produce artwork that can shine a new light on the way the subject is commonly perceived.

I decided to challenge myself by photographing an object that requires extensive micromanagement in placement of the object, lighting, and editing. Bringing back a hobby I used to enjoy back in middle school, I photographed variations of a Rubik’s cube.

The neon colorings of the cubes were visual cacophony and the objects were rather flat. It was difficult to incorporate ambient lighting or environmental features that I heavily relied on in most of my previous photo shoots. Thus, I tried to step away from focusing on the given visuals and bring out the various compositional elements that their shapes had to offer.

For some pictures, I wanted to really emphasize the shapes each cube contains and those that are formed when the cubes are placed together. All shapes I would be watching out for when searching for compositional elements were present except for a circle, which I was able to add into the scene by stacking cubes in a cyclic shape or introducing new objects such as a wine glass.

For others, I wanted to depict cubes as good aesthetics. People immediately respond to solving cubes and understanding mathematical theories behind the equations as hard, difficult to approach, and not even nerdy. I hoped to create a picture using cubes that portrays them as objects much more soft and pleasing, which is not frequently done by people who enjoy solving cubes.

Both purposes were served by heavy editing in color filtering and changing the lightings. Many visual effects such as reflection, gloss, and shades were incorporated in the pictures, and most of the pictures feel almost graphic in their depiction, deviating from the objects’ actual colors.

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Portrait of Julia Chun by Karen Liao, Copyright 2017

Portrait of Julia Chun by Karen Liao, Copyright 2017

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About The Author: Julia Chun is a computer science major enrolled in the School of Arts & Science, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2019.

Posted in Blog, Photography, Popular Culture, Science, Student Life, UPenn Photography, Women

Yash Killa: Patterns

 

Photography and Text by Yash Killa, Copyright 2017

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PATTERNS

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So what makes a photograph pleasant to the eyes or stand out. Is it really subjective in nature, or is there science behind it?

This is what Fibonacci tries to answer using a very unique perspective. He theorizes that nature has its own numbering sequence – the Fibonacci number and the golden ratio. From the petals on a flower to the fractal-shaped snowflakes, everything around us has a mathematical background to it. Which is why, for this project, my theme is Repetitions around us. I have strived to create a series of photographs that focus on the recursions and reoccurrence of a similar structure or shape within the same area.

I have focused on structures and shapes that we see in our everyday lives. In the hustle and daily rush in the campus, one often misses the uniqueness and the beauty of the campus. Being a freshman – new to campus – the walks I took with my camera for this project seemed simply surreal and thought-provoking. There were things that I crossed everyday on my way to class, but never noticed. For example, the green colour stone walls of the College Hall perfectly lined up on top of each other linearly, or the humungous tree standing fully bloomed in the middle of the Quadrangle. It made me ponder about how self-involved we become sometimes and how we miss the subtle wonders around us that we take for granted in our lives.

When I was on the look out for patterns and repetitions in still life for the project, it made me further think about Fibonacci’s theory and to what extent is mathematics behind the level of one’s appreciation of a certain scenery or a photograph. This project made me realize that art can’t exist without science – they are codependent. Our tastes and our preferences have been developed over many experiences based on what we see around us, and what we see around us has some form of a mathematical relationship behind it (could be a different relation for different objects). And our likes and dislikes are then based upon the mathematical relationships which we prefer more as compared to those which we do not. Repetition and recursion for me signifies order in this chaos that we live in. This is why it appeals to me, and why I decided to materialise this fascination of mine through this project.

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About The Author: Yash Killa is a Freshman enrolled in the School of Arts & Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2021.

Posted in Architecture, Blog, Documentary, Environment, Photography, Science, Student Life, UPenn, UPenn Photography

Alberto Jimenez: Robotics

 

Photography, Text and Video by Alberto Jimenez. Copyright 2017

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ROBOTICS

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When thinking of a theme, I wanted images of things I see everyday but do not take the moment to appreciate it and look at its details. I also wanted images of things that not all Penn students have had the opportunity to see. This was when I decided on the theme of Robotics. During my time in the Robotics program at Penn, I have had to learn things like machine metal, solder circuits, etc. Because of this experience, I have seen parts of the Penn community that not even some engineers have. Therefore, I wanted to give my audience an idea of what a Robotics student sees at Penn every day.

Every day I walk into the machine shop, I think about the Industrial Revolution images I would see in my history text book. To represent this, I give the image of the old lathe in the machine shop a grainy, noisy texture. I also make the image a bit warmer to give it an older feel. The machines are important to machine, and to machine, I need the proper tools. There are many tools that a machinist must choose from and it can be overwhelming. To show the overwhelming and confusing feeling I have, I decided to invert the images color. Although there are many tools, I always know which ones to avoid because they are too powerful for what I am looking for. I display this by having a red-like image. It makes the tool in most focus look like flames to represent its power. After I discard the tools I don’t need, I carefully look at each tool’s label. This process can be seen in the picture with the background blurry. Once I have the tool, I can machine. When I machine, I really hone into what I’m doing as seen in the image with the brush. Just like machining, I must really focus on what I’m doing. 

For each image, I illustrate how I feel when I encounter those objects. I used this project to practice distinctive styles. Since I am new to photography, I do not have enough experience to know what my style as a photographer is. I hope my images allows my audience to understand my day-to-day life as a robotics student.

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Portrait of Alberto Jiminez by Alicia Chatterjee, Copyright 2017

Portrait of Alberto Jiminez by Alicia Chatterjee, Copyright 2017

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About The Author: Alberto Jiminez is a Senior enrolled in the School of Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2018.

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