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Eileen Ko: Home Sweet Home

 

Photography, Text and Video by Eileen Ko, Copyright 2018

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HOME SWEET HOME

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Let me welcome you to my hometown, Fort Lee. This year for spring break, I went back home to New Jersey. Although going back home isn’t necessary traveling, I thought I could use this assignment as an opportunity to introduce my town to other people who have never heard of or been to Fort Lee.

Fort Lee is a borough located at the northeastern border of New Jersey and is in the New York City Metropolitan Area. That is because the town is right across the George Washington Bridge, which crosses over the Hudson River and connects Fort Lee directly to Manhattan. Fort Lee is named after General Charles Lee, who served as a general during the American Revolutionary War. And although this is an unheard-of fact to many, it is also the birthplace of the American film industry. Fort Lee was center of film production in the United States before Hollywood took over.

In recent decades, Fort Lee experienced a huge immigrant population influx, which has converted the town into a very diverse community. As you walk through the streets, you will see many stores and restaurant signs written in various languages, representing different countries. You will also see many churches, parks, playgrounds, a library, theater, adult activity center for senior citizens, and a community and recreational center various environments available for all ages.

Although I consider Fort Lee to be my hometown now, it isn’t where I grew up for the first half of my life. I first moved to Fort Lee in 8th grade. I still remember my first impressions of the town when moving there. A busy and lively urban city with a suburban touch in the outskirts of the town. A diverse society filled with a wide variety of food to enjoy. An engaged neighborhood regularly hosting carnivals, parades, and other entertaining events.

I have made so many fun and pleasant memories here in Fort Lee that I will forever cherish. Many of the best memories of my life were created in this town. It’s a town rich in history, diversity, and fun. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

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About The Author: Eileen Ko is a Nursing student in her junior year at the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2019. To access additional articles by Eileen Ko, click herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/eileen-ko-a-work-of-heart/

 

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Mu Qiao: The Game of Sunshine

The wire pole in the sea. Photographed in Key West, the southernmost place of United States.

The wire pole in the sea. Photographed in Key West, the southernmost place of United States.

 

Photography, Text and Video by Mu Qiao, Copyright 2018

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THE GAME OF SUNSHINE

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I like to travel to places with water and sunshine. Miami, Key West and Cancun are all ideal destinations. For a traveler, the sunshine brings us bright scenery and a good mood. For a photographer, the abundant sunlight allows us to pay more attention to the composition of a picture and the object itself. In the “The Game of Sunshine” series, I tried to apply different perspectives, places, distances and compositions to record the traces of sunlight. In these photos facing the sky, the objects were relatively planar, such as masts, cities and sea levels, but the clouds increased the sense of depth in the picture. Moreover, Water and glass can create excellent effects of light and shadow, and there are distinct differences between spot sources and surface sources. In addition, the interior space with a curved wall can create a soft and smooth light and shade experience. Including sky, sea, building and people, the sunshine is creating its own photography all the time. The interesting and meaningful thing that we can do is to find a special perspective and capture the fleeting moments. 

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I was lying on a boat near Miami beach, watching the mast above, and an airplane was flying through the blue sky.

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Looking up from the bottom of the Aquarium World in Cancun. The sunshine above and a big glass wall create a fantastic light effect.

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The blue glass roof of a commercial street in Miami. Photographed at noon.

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The city of Miami and the yacht bay.

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Photographed at the “New World Center” building in Miami, which is designed by Frank Gehry.

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Photographed in Key Largo beach, an island near Key West. A boy is stretching himself under sunshine.

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A lizard is standing on the historical ruins of Maya Civilization, raising its head and enjoy the sunshine. Photographed in Cancun, Mexico.

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A lizard is standing on the historical ruins of Maya Civilization, raising its head and enjoy the sunshine. Photographed in Cancun, Mexico.

My girlfriend and I were waiting for a dolphin show in an aquarium. She turned her head, looked at the sunset and I took this picture.

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About The Author: Mu Qiao is a Graduate student enrolled in the School of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania. To access additional articles by Mu Qiao, click herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/mu-qiao-what-is-love/

 

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Wenjia Guo: Travel Friends

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Photography and Text by Wenjia Guo, Copyright 2018

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TRAVEL FRIENDS

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With increasingly people getting involved in my life, especially after a change to an English environment, I found myself more use for the word friend. Even chat with some strangers they may call you my friend. However, in Chinese environment, we seldom use the word friend, instead we call others the handsome or pretty, feeling that the word friend is kind of old fashioned. Then I asked myself, do I become more tolerant of friend’ s by definition? Do I cherish my new friends at Penn as well as my former friends? Then I find this closeness is more of a social ritual for me, to those real friends I may seldom express my love to.

A recent travel week for me was a huge opportunity to tell if my classmates are my friends. To me, they are much more like comrade-in-arms, study at Penn is a war, you fight with time, you fight with easy life, you fight with tiredness. Study is kind of the only past communication between us, since the studio almost took all of our lives. I know they are hardworking, they are smart, but those are not the most important characters of me as a friend. I want my friends to be kind and honest, which is the ingrained rule I set for myself. So, during the trip to Miami, I paid more attention to people around me than the wonderful beach views. We almost drank and smoked a Huka every day, we shared our stress, our dreams, our love stories and our fears. These people became much more vivid and they really participated in my life. Now I can say, people in my camera world are my friends.

This travel week was so unreal, we spent a week in Miami’s summer while Philadelphia was still covered with snow. We had a party on yacht without any stressful academic pressure. I may forget that week and feel like it was a dream, but I will always remember my friends.

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About The Author: Wenjia Guo is a Graduate student in the School of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania. To access additional articles by Wenjia Guo, click herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/wenjia-guo-mini-fab-lab/

 

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Emily Cheng: Electric Avenue

Photography and Text by Emily Cheng, Copyright 2018

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ELECTRIC AVENUE

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“America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” – Tennessee Williams

If there’s one word that describes New Orleans, it’s vibrant. The iridescent gleam of beads hanging from the trees in the aftermath of Mardi Gras. The flavor of cajun crawfish in your mouth, spiced with the fragrance of oranges. The boisterous chatter of bar hoppers, lasting deep into the night. The diverse melange of cultures, but also the Southern charm that makes you feel at home.

Of course, nothing exemplifies New Orleans vibrance quite like Bourbon Street. In the daytime, the street is packed to the brim with buskers and tourists, the air heavy with sounds of drums and camera shutters clicking. But come nighttime, the street really comes to life. Resplendent with neon signs lighting every bar from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue, Bourbon Street becomes a beacon of light that draws every soul in the city in search of a good time. Jazz and dance music intermingle, and the street is slick with remnants of margaritas. Diners at the white tablecloth Galatoires feast on shrimp remoulade, parallel to spring breakers downing jello shots at the dive bar next door. All with the glow of neon shining above.

This series highlights the neon signage that brings New Orleans and Bourbon Street to life. Coming from Hong Kong, where old-school neon signage is an iconic but slowing dying art, seeing this was a fond reminder of home. It’s also a reminder to me that no matter the differences between cultures, parallels can be found everywhere.

I am in awe of New Orleans’ eternal vibrance, the intensity and fervor that propelled this city to the top of New York Times’ 52 Places to Visit, only 13 years after it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. I hope that this sentiment shines through in my photographs.

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About The Author: Wing Hei Emily Cheng is a Senior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2018. To access additional articles by Ms. Cheng, click herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/emily-cheng-objects-of-desire/

 

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Luca Pioltelli: Picture of the Day

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Photo: Luca Pioltelli, Copyright 2018

 

Photography & Text by Luca Pioltelli, Copyright 2018

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DOLCE & GABBANA

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Early morning rise to photography Dolce & Gabbana’s new Spring 2018’s windows of the flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York City.  A truly Italian visual feast.

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About The Photographer: 

Born and raised in Milan , Italy, where, in the mythical eighties, he decided to give his body and soul to one of his favorite hobbies : ….. soccer.
Unfortunately , legs and talent, not as powerful as his unbridled passion, force him to look into other directions: …Luca pretty soon lands on another love , photography.

He moves to New York in 1991 where he starts working with some of the great names in the business : Fabrizio Ferri, Steven Klein and Paolo Roversi.
He considers himself a very lucky man:
Luca lives in a city he loves, he loves his wife ( two kids ) who live with him in Brooklyn, New York. He makes a living out of a job he loves …

His hobbies: movies, interior design, history books, art , museum visits… while sometimes , inevitably , he still puts on his soccer shoes…

He has been published in several International Magazines such as : AD Germany, German Vogue , l’Uomo Vogue , Casa Vogue, Italian Marie Claire,
The New York Times while collaborating with prestigious
Architectural Firms and gifted Designers.

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Photo: Luca Pioltelli, Copyright 2018.

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To access additional articles by Luca, click herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/luca-pioltelli-picture-of-the-day/

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You can follow his work on his instagram account : @lucapioltelli
or check his website herehttp://lucapioltelli.com

 

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