Karuna Krishna: Memory

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Posted on May 21, 2015 by Karuna Krishna

I got my first camera when I was 21. My photographs captured what caught my eye, subject to the tyranny of the perfect smile. Now, I think of photography as painting. I enjoy shaping the image to bring out the key story, while looking for a special movement which allows the photographs to expand past the meaning on the surface. It all comes together when the photograph is able to trigger a memory of our human condition.

Memory: coverage in three acts

“I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.”
― Virginia Woolf

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Memory is fleeting. It is the past, yet it is fluid in the present. It has remarkable tenacity sometimes, but whole swathes of yesterday are forgotten in an instant. It helps to make the person we are today, and yet, it is a servant to what we need. It changes in the act of telling, each time.

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Judith, a teacher, is beloved by her students. Now retired, her life is full. Surrounded by things, each gifted, she treasures the memories they hold. The photograph of her father walking with an unknown child hangs outside her bedroom at the heart of the house. Judith comes back to this picture all the time. His undivided listening and belief in finding something special in each person, is the tenet with which she gives her time.

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Ivy’s mother sits elegantly in the yard.   The absence of her husband is strongly felt.

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The act of photography creates memory. Places, forgotten in passing, are now memorialized and take on a new resonance. Judith and Ivy’s mother are part of my history, already taking on a new dimension as I write.


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Photography and Text by Karuna Krishna, Copyright 2015


About the Author: Karuna Krishna is the director of Creative Services, Marketing Communications at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. To read additional articles by Karuna Krishna, go to the search bar at the bottom of the page: type in author’s name, click the search icon. To learn more about Karuna Krishna, click here: http:karunakrishna.com

Jane Suh: Artist Statement


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Posted on May 19, 2015 by Jane Suh

I like the comfort of knowing my surroundings. It is an innate human quality that has helped me to survive and thrive in different environments. My economics background has trained me to be direct and calculative. Thus, I have become accustomed to look forward when solving a problem, around me when analyzing an equation, and occasionally behind me when referencing a derivative. I take the adage “keep a level head” both figuratively and literally, making sure to examine life’s situations from my vantage point.

But what happens when I look up? Down? Does changing my point of view alter what I see? This body of work tackles this question by showcasing the city of Philadelphia from different vantage points. In order to do so, I have captured scenes of Philly’s bustling streets from above – on bridges and the rooftops of parking garages – as well as its monumental buildings and skyscrapers from below. Images of myself looking out from these vantage points represent the act of shifting my perspective.

So, did changing my point of view alter what I saw? I’m not quite sure if it changed what I perceived visually, but it did give me a strange sense of control. Being able to capture every movement from above was empowering and made me feel invisible. Gazing up at a skyscraper from below allowed me to take in every detail – every crevice, reflection, and deflection of light.

Although my own vantage point is comforting and familiar, shifting my gaze up and down allowed me to be more aware, sensitive to my surroundings, and observant. But maybe more importantly, it allowed me to appreciate the things that were once unnoticed – life outside the problems, equations, and derivatives. As I prepare to transition into the next stage in my life and leave my undergraduate career behind, I hope to retain a habit of examining life’s situation from many vantage points, not just my own…stopping occasionally to look up and down.


Photography and Text by Jane Suh


About the Author: Jane Suh is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.  Class of 2015

Allison Denenberg: Noble PAWS

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Posted on May 18, 2015 by Allison Denenberg

While most people are excited about the approach of warm weather, this time of year is particularly trying for animal shelters. In the spring and summer months, shelters across the country are flooded with litters of newly born kittens. Although being surrounded by hundreds of tiny balls of fur might sound like heaven to animal lovers like myself, this situation is far from idyllic. Due to extremely limited space and resources, most shelters simply cannot care for all of the kittens that are brought to their door. Consequently, the vast majority of them are euthanized before getting even the slightest opportunity to find a loving home.

Fortunately, however, there are shelters like PAWS (the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) in existence. This particular organization prides itself on being a no-kill shelter, and has had a great deal of success with finding suitable homes for as many needy cats and dogs as possible. Although it is difficult to walk around the tiny facility and see so many adorable cats cooped up in cages, the fact that none of them are at risk of being euthanized is extremely comforting. Additionally, each day, the cats are let out of their cages in cycles so that they can wander around, stretch, and play. It is truly amazing to see how the sadness in their eyes dissipates as soon as they are allowed to roam free.


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In photographing the cats at this shelter, it is my hope that viewers will be inspired to give these sweet animals a permanent taste of freedom by adopting them. While PAWS does an incredible job at keeping abandoned animals off of “death row” and providing them with food, shelter, veterinary care, and attention, all of these animals would be much better off outside of their cages and in loving homes.


Photography and Text by Allison Denenberg, Copyright 2015


About the Author: Allison Denenberg is a senior and recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.  Class of 2015. To read more articles by Allison Denenberg, go to the search bar at the bottom of the page: type in author’s name and click the search icon.

Corey Fader: Excess

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Photography and Text by Corey Fader, Copyright 2015


About the Author: Corey Fader is a freshman enrolled in the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania. Class of 2018. To access additional articles by Corey Fader, go to the search bar at the bottom of the page: type in author’s name, click search.

I’Mani Sellers: ExPENNtations

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Posted on May 14, 2015 by I’Mani Sellers

When Black students come to Penn, it is not an easy four years. There are many expectations put on students by their families, peers, and the outside world.  Though Penn has a “LOVE” statue on campus Black students rarely find love here on campus.

When coming into Penn, first most Black students do not expect to see many other students who look like them, while Penn is known for being diverse Black students only make up 7% of Penn’s population. Black students are combated with questions daily that question their character, and even why they are present on this campus. While being here at Penn, there are many that expect Black students to fail all their classes, be on academic probation, and eventually just drop out. When some people see Black students they only expect them to be athletes, students of other institutions or thieves and “thugs.” Black students have to struggle through these stereotypes for four years while also struggling for their diploma.

These same students also have the expectations of their families. Most Black students here at Penn are first generation college students so their parents see them as the precedent for their siblings and/or their communities. Parents try their hardest to help, and send their love, but not always being present has an effect on their children. These students want to make their parents proud and leave with the degree in the end, but it is hard because Penn is a very rigorous academic environment. Not only do these students want to get their degree, they want and have the expectations of getting a job and becoming successful so they can in turn, one day take care of their parents.

It is not all bad news for Black students here on Penn’s campus. There are places students can feel welcomed and loved. There are safe spaces here where students can feel like home again, and fellowship with the other students living out and combating various ExPENNtations.


Photography and Text by I’Mani Sellers, Copyright 2015


About the Author: I’Mani Sellers is a sophomore with a focus on the field of STEM,  College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2017.