Ruoyang Ni: In Color

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In Color by Ruoyang Ni


Photography and Text by Ruoyang “Rose” Ni, Copyright 2016




The set of editorial photographs intended to play with the concept of vintage fashion employing vibrant colors. For this assignment, I wanted to create over-exposed photographs with high contrast and high saturation to bring old fashion into contemporary time and lifestyle. The shot took place in Fisher Fine Arts library, on the UPenn campus where bold red blocks and delicate glass windows set the tone for the photographs.


The photographs created under the flash setting are chosen for effect. Long time exposures were also attempted on set, but this technique was not chosen; because the sense of crispness that flash can produce is masked and undermined by a warm shield from the ambient light that was also present on set.

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For the purpose of the editorial, I  asked my models to look for floral dresses, white silk blouses, loose pants and other items related to the concept of vintage fashion; however, since the photographs employed much color and sharp brightness/contrast, I styled the makeup and hair with a contemporary sense as a means to bring vintage fashion alive in modern time.

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I also intended to narrate certain stories within the set of pictures I have created. Role play and storyline contributed to the playfulness of the images which allows the  audience to further empathize with the emotion underlying the static moment.

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Post production for this set of pictures came with very specific stylistic choices in Photoshop. As mentioned above, high contrast and high saturation are intended. Color for some of the clothing is manipulated to complement the background, and edges of the photographs are covered by a layer of brightness adjustment for a vignette effect. The set of adjustment are essential to create this tone that imagined how black and white vintage fashion can appear in color.



About The Author: Ruoyang Ni is a Sophomore enrolled in the Wharton School of Business, Class of 2019.

Xuan Huang: Graduation Day



Photography and Text by Xuan Huang, Copyright 2016




Completing a bachelors degree at the college, today after the graduation ceremony she has packed her belongings carefully and it’s finally the day to leave the campus. There is still time before taking off, and she decides to have a look around at the places she got along with for such a long time.

There are many corners she hasn’t gotten a chance to study closely. Sitting down on some random bench under the bright sun light seems like a luxury in the past year, and it’s easy to pass by without realizing how much beauty is missed out right in front of your eyes. Wondering like this makes her feel like a freshman again. But reality strikes quickly as well, reminding her of the fact that she may never be able to see the campus again as it is now.


Majoring in history has cost her a lot of trouble, especially with respect to the amount of reading she had to deal with. Now that all the books and writings are gone it feels incredibly relaxing to sit back in the study room. Shelves even look lovely in the lamplights, as if they are old friends of hers.


She is by herself the whole day. Usually there is much company around staying in this room, working or chatting together with fellow students, but this time she happens to be the one with the latest flight among all her friends. They are now all at separate places, and everyone will be pursuing their own goals. A few texts can never gather them again.


Sound of clock ticks echoes clearly in the quiet room; she paid little attention to the outside so the sky has already turned black when she finally realized. Sad or not it is time to go. Years spent here brought her happiness that will always be treasured in memory, as well as the strength and minds to look far into the future. Farewell to the nice old college.


About The Author:  Xuan Huang is a Junior enrolled at Bryn Mawr College, Class of 2018.


Portrait of Xuang Huang by Grace Tang, Copyright 2016.

Versace: The Bryan Abrams Collection



Posted on November 2, 2016 by Tony Ward




Photography & Fashion students at the University of Pennsylvania  have been very busy in the past couple of weeks editing photographs from their recent visit to the class by Bryan Abrams, who maintains one of the largest individual Versace wardrobes in the world.  Mr. Abrams brought in a dozen vintage Versace silk shirts for the energized students to photograph after  they listened to a series of fascinating stories about Bryan Abrams personal relationship with Gianni Versace, and close members of the Versace brand.

Students photographed models supplied by Main Line Model & Talent agency between two newly completed  project spaces on the second floor of Addams Hall.  The class also had an opportunity on an unusually warm fall night to take the shoot outdoors, to include a sliver of the Philadelphia skyline and cityscape. 



Chi Aguwa

Julianna Haahs

Po-Tsen “Joanne”  Meng

Ruoyang “Rose” Ni

Xiaojun “Alex” Tian

Emily Ulrich

Xiaolu “Charlotte” Xu

Isabel Zapata


Models: Main Line Models & Talent agency

Mallory McLaughlin

Jessica Castillo

Jennifer Henken

Oceana Gilkerson


Makeup Stylist:

Carolyn Diamond & Theresa McErlean


To read more about Bryan Abrams and his visit to the class go here