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Alexis Masino: Los Detalles

 
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Photography and Text by Alexis Masino, Copyright 2017

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LOS DETALLES

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Before this trip, I had never been outside the (continental) United States. Puerto Rico is a territory of the U.S., but it’s an entirely unique place on its own. There are stark differences between my city of residence and this island, but the contrasts lie primarily in the small details. Stepping off the plane, I was immediately overcome by the humidity (having left Philadelphia in the snow, my body was not quite prepared for such a change). The chatter of the people around was in Spanish, as were the signs and advertisements. Since there is a law against Ubers at the airport to protect the jobs of taxis we took a cab to our AirBnB, communicating directions with rough Spanish. When we arrived in Old San Juan it was dark, so there wasn’t much to be seen except the tight alleys and cobblestone roads. Several steep upward staircases later, I was in a beautifully modern yet antique home full of colors and open space.

The next morning, I was surprised by the views brought by the sunlight. From the balcony in the front of the house, I could see all the colors of the surrounding buildings and the bustle of people down on the streets. Never have I experienced a place with so much vibrancy and life, especially from the architecture but also from the people, even on a rainy day. From the back balcony, I could see a vast expanse of homes and shops, as well as one of the famous castles in the distance. There was always a constant chatter and buzz of people, no matter how early or how late at night, as well as a consistent hum of lively spanish music in the distance. I took an interest not only in the people, the architecture, and the buzz of life, but also in the lot of stray dogs and cats across the island.

This first day was spent exploring the city and local restaurants. I took a particular interest in the vendors and the native people. Living and working in a place heavily concentrated with and reliant on tourism, they are versed in interacting with people. A particular vendor noticed me taking a photo on the street and decided to pose with his hand under his chin, unknowingly perfecting the photo with his joke. Another vendor makes an appearance in the right corner of a photo, arms crossed with a serious gaze. In yet another photo, an ice cream vendor scoops sorbet into a cup for my friend.

At Condado Beach, the water is impossibly clear and the sand is warm but not sticky, a perfect place to take in the beauty of it all. My favorite photo here, again, is of a vendor pulling his cart across the length of the shore, tempting the patrons with ice cream. The next day, I hiked the El Yunque rainforest. It was cold and rained constantly (I ended up with the flu) so there are not many photos I particularly enjoy from this adventure. However, there is one inside the tower showing the view from three similar windows which I feel captures my entire experience in its simplicity.

Over the next few days, I visited two castles: Castillo de San Cristobal and Castillo San Felipe Del Morro. Again, I was captivated more by the simplistic details than anything: the colors, the patterns, the symmetry. I visited one on a rainy day and the other on a beautifully sunny day, which made for an even more stark contrast between the two and the ways in which they are portrayed in my photos. As the plane took off to head back to Philadelphia around sunset, the clouds lit up and the moon appeared above the wing of the plane as if to remind me that I was leaving the beautiful sunshine and vibrancy, allowing me to take it all in one last time.

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About The Author: Alexis Masino is a freshman enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2020.  To access additional articles by Alexis Masino, go herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/alexis-masino-drugs/

 

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Noel Zheng: Through My Looking Glass

Photography and Text by Noel Zheng, Copyright 2017

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THROUGH MY LOOKING GLASS

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New York presents itself as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, with the projections of the high life. But in reality, especially for such a fast-paced, goal-oriented city, the dreams that drove people to this place can easily be pushed to the back in a quick wisp of ‘need to do this, and that’… and before anyone knows it, that one self-deserving person is moulded into another passer-by; one in the other eight million people in this city of all cities.

But New York is really something, because people don’t lose hope. I mean, amongst all the elegant skyscrapers, and street vendors, and honking taxis, and fast-paced people, and get- the-f***-out-of-my-ways, a city so big is bound to have something for someone. But maybe it is just that: that New York can give you exactly what you want, but only when you don’t want it.

Every time I go, New York is a little bit different. This time, it felt nostalgic even though I never grew up there; it seemed dull yet vital; it carried a connotation of melancholy, of a honey-will-you-be-back-for-dinner, of a time that seemed to have just slipped through our fingers before us noticing it was gone.

Through these series of photographs, I capture New York City through my view-finder; through my looking glass; through the perspective that I encouraged myself to see. Although you might not find your New York in this, I see a snippet of my New York; and isn’t that the most powerful thing about this? For every photo to tell a slightly different story for everyone; just like the city I try to tell about.

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About The Author: Noel Zheng is a freshmen enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2020. To access additional articles by Noel Zheng, go here: http://tonywardstudio.com/blog/noel-zheng-domestic/

 

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Janelle Tong: Building Bridges

 

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Photography and Text by Janelle Tong, Copyright 2017

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BUILDING BRIDGES

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For my individual project, I aimed to find a way to connect my work and learnings in photography to something related to my concentrations in Wharton: marketing and management. While many spectators would wonder how it would possible to translate these abstract concepts into visual representations, I found the most appropriate analogy in the form of bridges around Philadelphia.

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For context, after graduation, I will be working in the tech sector, specifically in a product marketing role. This position can most commonly be found at the intersection between product development usually done by highly specialized engineering teams and user and everyday consumer interactions. In other words, I like to analogize this role as the bridge that connects the people who build “stuff” to those who use said “stuff.” Thus, with this comparison in mind, I set out to capture various bridges and different perspectives of those architectural structures with my camera.

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In pursuing this project, it actually felt like I was not only able to capture images that I believe adequately represented my bridge analogy, but I was also able to further refine my own editing style and aesthetic. Back when I was working on my previous still life assignment, I noticed that my photographs tended to be more on the minimalist side with a preference for black and white images that employ high contrasts between the highlights and shadows. This particular style of editing is something I found to be aesthetically appealing, and it continued to play an influencing factor as I began putting together my collection of images for this individual project. Ultimately, through this individual project, I learned more about what I find appealing in terms of digital composition, and I hope that I can continue to refine my own editing style—or trademark, as some would say—in preparation for my final portfolio project.

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About The Author: Janelle Tong is a Senior enrolled in the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2017. To read additional articles by Janelle Tong, go herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/janelle-tong-essence-balance/

 

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Hong Li: Human Body as Part of Still Life

Photography, and Video by Hong Li, Copyright 2017

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HUMAN BODY AS PART OF STILL LIFE

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About The Author: Hong Li is a graduate student enrolled in the School of Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania. To access additional articles by Hong Li, go here:  http://tonywardstudio.com/blog/hong-li-every-cool-kid-will-grow/

 

 

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Joanne Meng: Brand Concept

 

Photography and Brand Concept by Joanne Meng, Copyright 2017

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.incorporated Architecture + Design
Upcycle Luxury
“The highest quality luxury products generate the most benefit to all involved in their production, trade,

and consumption.”

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.incorporated is a multi-disciplinary architecture and design office in Flatiron District, Manhattan. The customer of .incorporated is not a trend follower nor a trend maker, but a thoughtful editor to life. They work and live hard – focus on staying active, eating well and keeping their spirit young. They believe in understated prosperity and value experiences more than things. The richness in experience instead of quantity resonate with the choice of luscious texture in product materials.

This design philosophy is reflected from .incorporated’s unique choice of sublime material to craftsmanship, and a desire to blend nature and its materiality into everyday design. .incorporated enjoys the benefits of hard work and cares deeply that the highest quality luxury products generate the most benefit to all involved in their production, trade, and consumption.

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About The Author: Joanne Meng is enrolled as a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania. To read additional articles by Joanne Meng, go here:http://tonywardstudio.com/blog/joanne-meng-decadence-sensuality-allure/

 

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