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Justine McMinn: Developmental Psychology

 

Photography, Text and Video by Justine McMinn, Copyright 2017

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DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

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I am currently studying Developmental Psychology. My professor, as a Social Psychologist, often takes a social approach to development and the different aspects of life that play a role. I created still lives to symbolize the different stages of development.

In developmental psych from Piaget to Kohlberg there are many different theories as to what each stage encompasses. I wanted to create what these stage—infancy to adulthood, according to my perspective and experience look like. My stages may not be the same as the person I sit next to in class nor one of my siblings, which is interesting in itself, because so many life experiences, exposure, or lack thereof, influence the way we develop and see the world.

My first stage is childhood. I realize this stage is crucial to human development. This is when the brain is really being formed and interactions with objects and people are essential to the development. It is a stage of exploration of sensorimotor skills, communication, colors, and shapes. It is when relationships are formed with family, which can dictate the way the person socially interacts with the world for the rest of their life.

My second stage is about being a teenager. This stage varies a lot depending on the person, as well as what their childhood was like. For me, being a college student, this stage involved a lot of educational development. This is where you learn to think about other people, their experiences, cultures, and the world as something bigger than yourself. In addition to that, it is a period of exposure to things new and the exploration of identity.

The third stage is adulthood. This is where responsibilities kick in. Of course, there are responsibilities as a teenager and young adult but this is where legally and socially you are completely responsible for all your decisions. At this point, most people are already well established in their identity. I used the mail, newspaper and keys to show the various things adulthood encompasses: bills, money to pay rent, work, keeping up with current events, and the coffee to symbolize how tiring that can be, but the need to keep going. Hence, the sticky saying “I’ll be home late” to show how to keep up on these things, sometimes sacrifice is necessary and as an adult that’s a decision you have to make. 

My last stage is elderly/death. I used the picture to symbolize the memorialization of the dead. The dirt to symbolize the way as humans we deal with death and the dead by conducting funerals and different rituals, which also differ depending on the person’s beliefs or religion.

Sometimes different groups of people have experienced trauma or different events that make their development and stages of life look drastically different. Whether it be they experienced the responsibility of bills earlier in life because of not having familial support or have a disability and their basic communication skills are delayed. My hopes are that this doesn’t suggest there is one way of life and how it should occur but rather show what I have seen or hoped to have seen in the development of myself and the people around me.

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About The Author: Justina McMinn is a Freshman enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2021. To access additional articles by Justine McMinn, click herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/justina-mcminn-self/

 

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Sharon Song: The Millenial Professional

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Photography and Text by Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

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THE MILLENIAL PROFESSIONAL

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Studies have found that Millennials exhibit a different set of professional values than previous generations. As Millennials enter the workforce, they seem to be less motivated by career advancement and more by personal values and aspirations. This new generation strives for lives that allow them to be their most authentic selves; ones that satisfy the ideals they’ve set for themselves. Interested in exploring this concept further, I decided to engage with the theme of “the millennial professional” for our second assignment.

In thinking about personal values and aspirations, I talked to the models about their career goals and how they may differ from their life goals. These models are all current seniors in Wharton, pursuing careers in finance, consulting, and technology. However, beyond just their careers, they seek fulfillment in other activities. Whether it may be going to the theater to enjoy a show or discovering a new artist at a concert downtown, these individuals define success in what they can accomplish and experience both in and out of the workplace.

This series of photographs aims to highlight the variety of layers, such as coats, jackets, and blazers, young professionals may wear for the multiplicity of functions they encounter every week. Each frame intends to convey both professional undertones and the unique styles and personalities of each millennial professional.

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Portrait of Sharon Song by Karishma Sheth, Copyright 2017

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About The Author: Sharon Song is a Senior enrolled in the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2018. To access additional articles by Sharon Song, click herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/sharon-song-un-pedestrian-pedestrians-nyfw/

 

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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/

 

 

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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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Exhibitions: Paris

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Gilles Berquet: Paris Photo 2017

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