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Esther Fleischer: Composition in Sports


A Job Well Done. Photo: Esther Fleischer, Copyright 2018


Photography and Text by Esther Fleischer, Copyright 2018


Book Review


Looking at Photographs by John Szarkowski, Copyright 2018


Throughout Looking at Photographs by John Szarkowski, one of the creative elements that stood out most to me was the idea of composition. Rather than simply place the subject in the center of the frame, each artist made a choice as to how to put together the image. Multiple of the photographs, specifically Wes Fesler Kicking a Football by Dr. Harold E. Edgerton and Untitled by Roy DeCarava, contain only part of the figure bring featured. In Edgerton’s work, the focus is on a man’s foot kicking a football rather on the entire person on a background kicking the ball. DeCarava’s photograph shows the lower half of a man holding his briefcase, also keeping the subject’s head outside of the border. This extra consideration to the compositional elements influenced my Still Life project, and those two images gave me the idea for the image I chose to represent this work. For showing such a small portion of the action, Edgerton is able to convey the entire action and give an idea of the surrounding area as well as the associated. In A Job Well Done, I captured a rider patting and thanking her horse after successfully competing, even winning her class. Through this congratulatory pat, the excitement and gratefulness towards her horse can be seen without showing her face or the larger scene. Like in DeCarava’s work, I centered the main subject of the image to emphasize the proper part of the figure. While her leg on the saddle or the rein lying across the martingale would make for interesting images, I made the focus on her pat to emphasize the larger action taking place. Similarly, DeCarava’s work focuses on the man clutching onto his briefcase, raising the question of both its contents and its importance.


About The Author: Esther Fleischer is a Freshman enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2021. To access additional articles by Esther Fleischer, click here


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Joy Lewis: Fiercely Fit


Photography and Text by Joy Lewis, Copyright 2018




Being a former collegiate athlete and a current lover of fitness I figured what product better to brand than athletic wear. I have a love and passion for fashionable clothing and more often than not am sporting a pair of leggings and sneakers. I love the comfort of athletic wear as well as the confidence it provides.

As said by Lindsey Vonn “strong is the new beautiful” and that is the message I hope for FiercelyFIT to convey. I want women wearing this brand to feel both empowered and beautiful. FiecelyFIT is meant for women of all ages and is accommodating to all lifestyles so whether you’re grabbing lunch with your best friend, running errands, or going for a jog FiercelyFIT is the brand for you.

I want this brand to get women and girls excited to be both fashionable and active, to be themselves, and be strong. Exercise is obviously an important part of health and what better way to encourage women to be active than with cute clothes? FiercelyFIT is both affordable and available for teens and adults of all sizes. Our brand encourages uniqueness and with tons of styles, patterns, and colors FiercelyFIT provides all women with the outlet to be 100% themselves in terms of athletic style.


About The Author: Joy Lewis is a Junior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2019. To access additional articles by Joy Lewis, click here



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Michael Heath: Skate Board Fashion


Photography and Text by Michael Heath, Copyright 2017




In the nearly 20 years since I last had a skateboard under my feet, it seems that much has changed in the realm of what one might wear as they furiously push their way across a flat towards a quarter-ramp to do a trick before falling on their face. In the late 1990’s, the standard issue skater uniform was simple: baggy shirt, baggy pants that never fit around your waist, Converse All-Stars or Airwalks, long-ish hair, and a wallet chain. If it was cold outside, maybe you would follow the grunge trend at the time and wear a plaid long-sleeved shirt. It was clothes to get dirty in, to sweat profusely in, to give a middle-finger to everyone who wore neatly pleated khaki pants, rugby polos, and loafers to high school in.

2017, however, has revealed to me that skate park fashion has evolved and diversified immensely since I was 16 years old. Some of the trends I was familiar with are in a retro phase, including the aforementioned All-Stars and baggy pants, but they were the exception to the rule that more form-fitting clothes were acceptable. A great number of ‘boarders were wearing skinny jeans, purposefully destroyed for show, not as a sign they had fallen on their knees umpteen million times trying to perfect their railing grind. Some were wearing layers with t-shirts under collared shirts; others wore henleys or stretch cotton shirts.

The most surprising update in the last 20 years: Color. Eye-grabbing, unapologetic color.

I am unsure if the only clothes skateboarders owned two decades ago that nobody cared about destroying were black, brown, dark green or blue, denim, and whatever color tube socks came in, or if it was just the overall palette available at the time, but I never recall skate fashion being this attention-worthy. Bright reds. Neon yellow. Pastels. Faded colors. White. Purple. You name it. It was glorious.

Oh, and then there were the haircuts. Gone were the bowl cuts and bald heads I remember. In were fades, braids, twists, dreadlocks, pompadours, military cuts, flat-tops, long beards, short beards.

Skate park fashion, my how you have grown up.



Portrait of Michael Heath by Rongrong Liu. Copyright 2017


About The Author: Michael Heath is a Senior IT Support Specialist, ISC Classroom Technology Services, at the University of Pennsylvania.


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Light Table: Memorable 80’s Ads



Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017




One of the most memorable advertising assignments I received happened early on in my career.  In 1985, I was contacted by Christina Pirello (maiden name Hayes) an art director at Bernie Brownstein Advertising, a Philadelphia based advertising agency.  The art director contracted me to shoot a series of erotic photographs of a couple presumably in the midst of several passionate moments to represent the sale of a professional exercise equipment company.  This was such a novel idea at the time, that I accepted the assignment. I was asked to shoot the pictures for the ads in black and white. I suppose the thinking was; some readers of the magazines where the ads were slated to appear; Philadelphia Magazine and others may have considered the images to be more pornographic than artistic if shot in color.  I cast my wife at the time alongside male model Jim Mital, who was quite handsome and easy to direct and  work with.  


Photo: Tony Ward

This series of pictures assigned represent a  precursor to what would later be my extensive immersion in the realm of erotic photography; a decade later when I started to produce erotic pictorials  for Bob Guccione at Penthouse Magazine. The real  distinction between these ads and what would transpire later between couples for Penthouse would require real sweat, not the baby oil and water spray “effects” commonly used at photo shoots to create this type of look in an ad.

Photo: Tony Ward


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Brian Schoenauer: A Reflection on the Emotionality of Athletics



Photography and Text by Brian Schoenaeur, Copyright 2016




Athletics have the ability to bring out of us incredibly raw and powerful emotion. The four fundamental emotions of love, happiness, sadness and despair can be expressed in a multitude of ways. Many athletes play for the love of the game – and for the love of their teammates. Memories and bonds formed through the glory of victory and the agony of defeat undoubtedly last a lifetime. However, the strongest memories may not be an individual play or an incredible win. The strongest memories may be the moments in between. Preparation, practice, and moments of friendship off the field make the joy of success that much sweeter. Happiness after a win is an astoundingly pure emotional state. But like most things in life, it is fleeting.


Sadness after a loss is an equally powerful state. You never get that chance back – it is gone forever. The finality of athletics can be brutal. The game or competition that has given you so much can take everything away in an instant. The promise of victory – or even the ability to compete are transient. The emptiness left by this void is a fundamental form of despair.


It may be hard to imagine life without your teammates or your sport. The season may seem hopeless. Despite it all, one can only persevere and to focus on the happiness borne from the love of the game and the love shared between teammates.


I wanted to, as a part of this project, highlight the emotionality of sport through classic portraiture. I also wanted to celebrate some of the important people in my life – who also happen to be athletes at Penn themselves. My little sister, Kathryn, is a freshman on the track team. She is one of the most driven and kind people I know– and I am the proudest big brother. Olivia, Paige, and Tahirih are seniors on the Penn soccer team – and as athletes, they are amazingly fierce competitors.


As people, they have the biggest and warmest of hearts. Tahirih became genuinely emotional during the shoot when Paige, her teammate, started talking about how their soccer playing careers would be over soon. Paige described what those moments after the last game would be like. She described the people they would see there – the people who have been alongside them through this collegiate sports journey. Tahirih thought about all the friends she would have to leave behind after her senior season. In that moment, Tahirih’s emotions rose to the surface as she contemplated the end of competitive soccer. This was undoubtedly the most powerful moment of this project for me.



Portrait of Brian Schoenauer by Kaleb Germinaro, Copyright 2016.

Portrait of Brian Schoenauer by Kaleb Germinaro, Copyright 2016.

About The Author: Brian Schoenaeur is a senior enrolled in the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2017. Brian is also a running back on the Penn football team.

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