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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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Exhibits: Photography & Fashion at UPenn

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UPenn: Photography & Fashion Exhibit

 

 

Exhibition Dates: October 31 to November 7, 2017

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Addams Hall: 36th & Walnut Sts. Philadelphia

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Photographers:

Noa Baker

Elizabeth Beugg

Xiaonan Chen

Jinghong Cui

Linda Ruan

Corey Fader

Michael Heath

Joy Lewis

Rongrong Liu

Alexis Masino

Jessica Moh

Karishma Sheth

Amber Shi

Sharon Song

Jingyi Sun

Marcus Tappan

Ria Vaidya

Noel Zheng

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To see more work from this class, go herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/lab-work-k-vaughn-scarves-fall-collection-2017/

 

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Jesse Halpern: Raw Emotions

 

Photography, Text and Video Interview by Jesse Halpern, Copyright 2017

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RAW EMOTIONS

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Before shooting to try and capture the emotions of happiness, sadness, despaired, and love, I tried to think of what those emotions consisted of, what provoked them, and how they manifested themselves in terms of facial cues or actions. The two emotions that I had the easiest time in creating a concept for were happiness and despair.

Despair Is initially reactionary, to either one specific trauma, or to a multitude. These traumas tear at the fabric of your life. Despair is a period of a revaluation of the traumatic event and of one’s existence. I chose to depict this by reviewing myself in a mirror. There is an initial shock in the first photo, followed by a unpleasant realization in the second.


Happiness can also be provoked. This reaction I took as being a laugh. It’s an instinctual happy response. But that laugh and happiness is only temporary. It is followed by an assessment of one’s surroundings and one’s life, and if it’s beyond a momentary laugh, it turns into a soft content smile, indicating a satisfaction with one’s place in the world.

Love is perhaps the one I struggled with the most. Love is extremely personal. Everyone loves different things, different people, but love I find is an internal happiness. I wanted to put my model in a situation in which they were beyond content, so that way they could close their eyes and find an inner love, an inner peace.

Sadness is less of a reaction and more of an emotion that sets in over time.  To depict this, I wanted these photos to look very still, very calm, and very dark. I wanted to depict a melancholy. Melancholy is a more rational sadness. One isn’t bombarded with a flurry of quick thoughts they can’t make sense of. Rather one contemplates their sadness in an analytic way, or they might not be contemplating their sadness at all. To some degree they have accepted that they’re sad.

With my analysis of these different emotions, I wanted to showcase them in a real life setting. All of them were shot in the same apartment and all incorporated in some way or another, the lighting fixtures that were already present in the apartment. I used tungsten lighting for love because although the color didn’t seem natural to me, none of the preexisting lighting reflected internal tranquility.

To shoot in these low light conditions I had to use an 85 mm lenses so that way I could use a wider aperture, and relatively quick enough shutter speeds. This lenses allowed me to focus on the elements I wanted present in my compositions. It did limit me in the sense that if I wanted to do a full vertical portrait, It would be very confining and ultimately not a good photo given the cramped quarters of the apartment.

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Portrait of Jesse Halpern by Alberto Jiminez, Copyright 2017

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About The Author: Jesse Halpern is a Sophomore enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2019

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Justina McMinn: Self


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Photography, Text and Video Interview by Justina McMinn, Copyright 2017

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SELF

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Self-love is dynamic. It is a concept talked about a lot today in our generation. Self-love is simply not just a state of feeling good. Self-love is a state of appreciation for one self that grows from the times you did not love or appreciate yourself. Self-love comes from the times you laid in bed and tormented yourself with thoughts like, “I’m not good enough” and “I don’t deserve it”. These moments of despair expand the self-love within us and we develop compassion for ourselves as human beings and accept our weaknesses as well as our strengths. It is not suppressing your weaknesses and only acknowledging your strengths. Rather, inviting both in with open and loving arms. Self-love isn’t something we can find in material things or other people. It is an internal project you can only engage in on your own.

Through these series of portraits, I aim to capture the real development of self-love and how up and down that process can look and feel. I wanted to capture the model in a nude state to demonstrate the vulnerability in finding comfort and contentment. She is reflecting and analyzing her experiences and feelings, good and bad. The process of unconditional self-love isn’t always glitter and gold, it takes forgiveness and trail and error. This series shows the despair, fulfillment, and happiness in the journey to loving yourself.

Inspired by The Guest House by Rumi:

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,

and invite them in.

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Portrait of Justina McMinn by Victoria Meng, Copyright 2017

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About The Author: Justina McMinn is a Freshman enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2021.

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Rongrong Liu: Color and Accessory Empire

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Photo: Rongrong Liu, Copyright 2017

 

 

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Photography and Text by Rongrong Liu, Copyright 2017
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COLOR AND ACCESSORY EMPIRE

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In this series of street trend photos, colors and accessories are the main elements I observed and combined in this series of street fashion photographs.

First, color. Playing with color is a constant theme in fashion industry. The pastely color- blue, pink and purple has been in trend since last year, and most people apply it to clothing. I think it is a good try to combine it in beauty and accessories. Other than the pastely colors, I tend to use either black and white, which has a lot to do with the background and the shadow, or bright colors, which should be both simple and eye-catching. Good color styling highlights the outfit and bad color styling destroys it.

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Photo: Rongrong Liu, Copyright 2017

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Second, glasses. Last season, Gucci launched the “nerd chic” style. The inspiration of “The Nerdy Beauty” comes from that. The pearly hat and the bright blue color tries to add vigor to the style in order not to make the model a pure “nerd”.

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Photo: Rongrong Liu, Copyright 2017

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Additionally, I see a strong trend for geometric glasses recently, which emphasizes a lot on the shape of the glasses. Therefore, some brands like Percy Lau breaks the traditional design, which a round or rectangular frame tightly holds the glasses, and deconstructs the geometry to give a new breath to the glasses. These elements are included in the sunglass and the plain glass I use for the models. Moreover, it is a heated trend to have jewelry design as part of the accessories, which I have the pearly hat and the glasses with some extra decoration.

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Photo: Rongrong Liu, Copyright 2017

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The last trend I want to illustrate is unisex, meaning man and woman sharing the same type of clothes. All the tops and accessories on the male model are from my own closet, and as we can see, the clothes are mostly pretty oversized-looking, but all fit perfectly on him. The gender boundary in styling is getting more and more ambiguous.

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Photo: Rongrong Liu, Copyright 2017

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Portrait of Rongrong Liu by Michael Heath, Copyright 2017

Portrait of Rongrong Liu by Michael Heath, Copyright 2017

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About The Author: Rongrong Liu is a Junior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2019

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