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Julia Chun: Art of the Dance

 

Photography and Text by Julia Chun, Copyright 2018

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Art of the Dance

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April 9th, 2016 is the day that transformed me for good. I was part of the After School Arts Program as a violin mentor –  a violinist for thirteen years and counting – and our student show had just ended. While I was cleaning up the stage, I saw dancers come into the venue for a different event. One of my friends let me in and I took my first dance class ever taught by a member of the world famous Kinjaz.

I’ve always been fascinated by dancers, admired their stage presence and techniques, and would choose to watch dance videos for hours over any other movie. I also believed that I inherently didn’t have what it took to become a dancer, lacking the groove and the skills. I did not qualify to be one. That day was the beginning of a new journey of discovering myself. Getting the moves wrong and looking flimsy in front of other dancers is very embarrassing, but I never feel so alive and present as I do when I take a dance class surrounded by people exuding energy. In that very moment, whatever fear that made be shield myself from being judged or criticized is suppressed by the sheer pleasure of doing what I do. Dancing introduced me a passion I have never felt while pursuing any other thing.

So when the assignment was released, I had no doubt in what I wanted to photograph. After all, dancing was what first drew me to videography and eventually led me to take me this photography class. When I was photographing dancers, I wanted to capture their presence, one of the qualities I value the most in a dancer. Can the dancer fill the space not just with movements but with his or her presence? I also always pictured dancers dancing in the streets, blending in casually with what we see in our everyday lives, and I finally had a chance to capture what I have been imagining.

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About The Author: Julia Chun is a computer science major enrolled in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2019. To access additional articles by Julia Chun, click herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/julia-chun-art-activism/

 

 

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Exhibition Announcement: Hamburg, Germany

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Exhibition: Hamburg, Germany

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Tableaux Vivants by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017.

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To see additional Tableaux Vivants by Tony Ward that will be on exhibit at Fikki Beach in Hamburg on December 16, 2017, click herehttp://tonyward.com/early-work/tableaux-vivants-1993-2000/

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Lecture & Exhibition: South Philly Traditions

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South Philly Traditions

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To access additional articles about the photographic works by Harvey Finkle, click herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/transformation-new-americans-philadelphia/

 

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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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Sharon Song: The Un-pedestrian Pedestrians of NYFW

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Photo: Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

 

Photography and Text by Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

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THE UN-PEDESTRIAN PEDESTRIANS OF NYFW

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Walking the streets of NYC during New York Fashion week elicited a kind of emotion unlike any other I have ever experienced before. Growing up just a little outside of the city that never sleeps, I have always been aware of the unique and eclectic styles of NYC’s inhabitants. However, I had never seen such a concentrated population of such bold fashion statements crossing downtown streets in this magnitude. People elected to express their passion for fashion and self-expression with vibrant colors in both garment and hair. Patterns from busy to more simple designs were donned, yet each meticulously curated look said something significant about the canvas it was showcased on; the person.

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Photo: Sharon Song

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New York Fashion week exemplified the variation that exists in street fashion. Although trends come and go, being self-expressive always persists. Models clad in metallic chose to reflect the sun’s light that day, while those in denim opted to put their own twist on something more traditional and timeless. Individuals chose leather to express their edge and funky sunglasses to represent their quirks. Personality was built into every thoughtful garment and accessory. These pedestrians were anything but pedestrian. They were risk takers, trying to push the boundaries of common trends and establish new and unique ones.

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Photo: Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

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Photo: Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

Above all, the common theme that I noticed was that people were proud. Every individual was excited to show off their looks and few shied away from curiosity towards their ensembles. They were flattered by admirers’ interest in their styles, and willingly posed for requested shots.

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Photo: Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

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Photo: Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

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Their outfits called for attention and praise, which onlookers readily gave. This, in turn, offered appreciation for the creativity and individuality of the people behind these looks. As a result of the progressive nature of NYC, people were given the opportunity to be bold about their vulnerabilities and insecurities. The environment was one that exuded acceptance and collective love for fashion. Thus, it was here, on the streets of New York, that everyone could be the most true and honest version of themselves.

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Photo: Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

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Photo: Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

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Photo: Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

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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

 

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