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Jesse Halpern: Segmented Porches-What We Have on Display

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Photography, Text and Video by Jesse Halpern, Copyright 2017

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SEGMENTED PORCHES: WHAT WE HAVE ON DISPLAY

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In my still life series, I chose to focus on a time where everything seems still, night time in residential neighborhoods in Philadelphia. When walking at night, most porches have doors light and not much else light up. But a few have adequate porch lighting, but those that do capture the intense light and dark of the materials and textures of the objects that decorate their porches.

I tried in my series to find such moments of chiaroscuro to show different elements that create the gateways to our homes. I wanted to show the different textures of these objects but I wanted my series to be unified, almost as if all the images could have originated at the same porch. This is a deception. Every image in this series comes from a different home and from three different nights. In order to create this sense of false unity I chose to forgo color, as the light fixtures on these different porches had very different color balances.

I wanted to emphasize texture. I created intense plays of darks and lights to emphasize the chipping of wood, the rusting of metal, the embroidered patterns on a couch, The imperfect yet smooth texture of a pumpkin.

I also wanted to reflect the cold harshness of being outside on a fall night. Black and white helped heighten the starkness of the light fixtures.

In every photo I wanted to focus on a different object, but to still capture the texture of the porch it was on. By not overlapping like object the photos have the effect I want, as if I am documenting one porch, as if everything could occupy the same space. In order to do so I used a fixed 85 mm lens and shot from a medium to close distance from the object. I was very conscious to include some identifiable feature of a porch, and I shot with the smallest aperture opening, an f stop of 22, to ensure the elements I wanted to include were rendered as clear as possible to show their texture.

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About The Author: Jesse Halpern is a Sophomore enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2019. To access additional articles by Jesse Halpern, click herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/jesse-halpern-raw-emotions/

 

 

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Noel Zheng: “Untitled (Jolie Laide)”

 

Photography and Text by Noel Zheng, Copyright 2017

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“Untitled (Jolie Laide)” A short project to realize the empire of fashion.

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The fashion industry sells to all types of lifestyles through their shoots. Entering fall/winter, every year, coats become the centre around which the industries uses as a medium to captivate the public, and give the idea that they too can live a similar life—given they have the material item.

I set this shoot up to reflect an editorial “vibe”; the black and white seamless with two soft boxes were set up in attempt to reap the most stripped back of editorial shoots. In post-production, saturation was muted but vibrancy increased to achieve the same effect.

In terms of styling, I stripped all elements back so only the coat (or some other winter wear) would be the centre of the shoot. The models wore little more than the outerwear in attempt to critic the fashion industry—when all is stripped back, is the lifestyle sold still worthy of buying? Or rather—when all is stripped back, is the coat sold still worthy of buying? The simplicity of this shoot hinges between avant-garde and classic.

But of course, this industry has become so powerful that a “stripped back” non- flamboyant lifestyle is, in ways, still avant-garde. It exemplifies a term now trending: “minimalism”. Because I realize that in attempt to mute the toxic environment of ‘fashion sells’, I add to it.

This is what I mean when I say “the fashion industry sells to all types of lifestyles through their shoots”—because no matter how ugly, or how simple, or how kitsch one tries to make fashion, it is still—as Tyra Banks says—“Jolie Laide”.

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About The Author: Noel Zheng is a Sophomore majoring in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2020. To access additional articles by Noel Zheng, go herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/noel-zheng-untitled-post-production/

 

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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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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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Bryan Abrams: Private Versace Collection – Fall 2017

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LAB WORK: BRYAN ABRAMS VERSACE COLLECTION

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Portrait of Bryan Abrams by Jessica Moh, Copyright 2017

Portrait of Bryan Abrams by Jessica Moh, Copyright 2017

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UPENN: PHOTOGRAPHY & FASHION

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PHOTOGRAPHERS

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Alexis Masino

Corey Fader

Elizabeth Beugg

Noa Baker

Amber Shi

Jinghong Cui

Joy Lewis

Karishma Sheth

Sharon Song

Rongrong Liu

Jessica Moh

Noel Zheng

Michael Heath

Linda Ruan

Marcus Tappan

Ria Vaidya

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Makeup: Aysha Silagy

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Models: Main Line Models & Talent

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Sony Giusti

Agustin Maltese

Katie Shewell

Marium Ali

Dena Hertel

Katty Pena

Morgan Bailey

Annamarie Pepeta

Katie McCaffery

Sabrian Schneeman

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To see more lab session photos from Upenn’s Photography & Fashion class, Fall 2017, click herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/lab-work-k-vaughn-scarves-fall-collection-2017/

 

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