Category Archives: Contemporary Architecture

Yash Killa: Night Magic

 

Photography and Text by Yash Killa, Copyright 2018

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Night Magic

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I remember when I first found out that I would be studying at University of Pennsylvania. It was soon after when I searched up Google Images of Philadelphia and the UPenn campus having never seen it earlier. What I saw was a series of photographs of the Campus and city life – but all mostly during the day time. I didn’t realise this then, but after taking the Digital Photography course, I was able to understand why and draw parallels between this and most other assignments that were mainly centred around sunlight.

The Sun provides ambient lighting that not only requires a smaller ISO number, but allows a faster shutter speed, and thus providing a greater range for a good photograph in most cases. This is why I decided to test myself and explore something that was out of my comfort zone – I decided to photograph the Penn campus at night.

I feel that any place looks and feels completely different after the sun sets. The moon and stars bring a sense of calmness, beauty, and yet strangeness that is unparalleled. Google Images just shows the hustle-bustle and vibrant nature of the campus, but what I experienced while taking photos was a complete contrast to that. It is this what I wanted to bring out in my assignment, and I hope I was able to do that.

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About The Author: Yash Killa is a Freshman enrolled in the School of Arts & Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2020. To access additional articles by Yash Killa, click herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/yash-killa-propaganda/

 

 

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Xiaonan Chen: Daydream

 

Photography and Text by Xiaonan Chen, Copyright 2017

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DAYDREAM

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It is a hot afternoon, no wind, no sound. What’s in her eyes is just the room painted by the golden sunshine. She grasps her straw hat, and the exotic metal earrings, and the cream-color mesh sweater covers on the black vest. She looks like she’s preparing for a trip, but no. It’s just a daydream.

She puts on the blood-red lipstick, which she never used. She is making up so carefully as she is watches her beautiful face from the mirror. She is just like going to a ball, but no. It’s just a daydream.

She wears her loose sweater with wide collar and long sleeves, and her long denim skirt with a diagonal cut. The yellow sweater contrasts the blue skirt so strong just like the sunshine and shadow. She plays hide and seek with herself, she gets lost in her world. It’s just a daydream.

She gets tired of the game, she takes on her white formal dress and the pair of round black sunglasses decorated with tiny diamonds. She still wears the lipstick but never see the mirror again. She looks outside from the window like some story is happening there. The golden fasteners on her pants sparkle under the strong sunshine. One of her shoulders exposes in the air but the other covered under the long sleeve. Just like two different parts of herself. She is mysterious, she is daydreaming.

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Portrait of Xiaonan Chen by Michael Heath, Copyright 2017

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Xiaonan Chen is enrolled in the graduate program in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.

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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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Julianna E. Haahs: Ad Designs

 
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Photography and Ad Concepts by Julianna Haahs, Copyright 2016

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For this assignment, I decided to use my room as a backdrop. In a sudden outburst of creativity one night, I chose to draw the fruits of the Spirit all over my room. This typography-based design is a hidden talent and passion of mine, and thus the subject of my brand. My brand offers typography-based design and art services, as well as songwriting. Because of my obsession with words, and because of the intimate nature of songwriting, it only seemed fitting to have the photo shoot taken in my most personal and artistic space. I decided to use my cousin as a model and dressed her in simple black attire. The simplicity in her appearance allows the viewer to pay more attention to the words, the ambiance, and story rather than model. The typography I used was also custom-made to include musical lines, a treble clef/paintbrush fused in one, my brand name, and listed services. I wanted to have a custom design that embodied my various interests and yet stayed cohesive and competitive in higher-end luxury markets. The goal would be to offer these services to artists, singers, actors and designers, and to increase collaboration between these agents.

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About The Author: Julianna Haahs is a graduate student enrolled in the School of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania. To read additional articles by Julianna Haahs, go herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/julianna-haas-headshots/

 

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Joanne Meng: Decadence. Sensuality. Allure

Photography and Text by Joanne Meng, Copyright 2016

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DECADENCE. SENSUALITY, ALLURE

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For this erotic photo series, I am interested in capturing a youthful, sensuous, and decadent spirit of sexuality. One of the implicit sources of inspiration came from Paris, the city of love. Nightwear and perfume were the choice of merchandise to promote through the series.

Given the nature of erotic photography and the fact that there should exist a certain level of trust and comfort between the model and photographer, the obvious choice of subject for this assignment was myself. Being completely nude did not appeal to me; first, because I am not a professional model and intend to keep nude photos private. Secondly, because I believe that sometimes it is more powerful and engaging to be suggestive and leave room for the imagination.  Needless to say, there is a fine line between erotic photography and pornographic photography.

With this in mind, the series of photographs were taken in my house. In the company of close friends and at nude beaches, I am a semi-nudist at heart and not particularly shy about being unclothed. However, it was a very different experience posing and modeling in front of a shutter knowing that it is documented. I think the mainstream media remains to be somewhat sexist. A lot of the erotic fashion photography use more women as subjects than men; giving the idea that the female body can be tampered with and manipulated easily. Although I personally think that female bodies are more beautiful than males’, I find it somewhat patronizing with regard to the disproportion of subjects photographed. Curiously, I also wonder if it is possible to deviate erotic fashion photography from promoting merchandise and have it communicate more abstractly.

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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-allure-exploration-choice/

 

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