Kaleb Germinaro: Four Legged Adventures

Photography and Text by Kaleb Germinaro, Copyright 2016

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FOUR LEGGED ADVENTURES

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With this personal project I had an idea of what I was going to photograph, yet I was hesitant to call it a project. Taking pictures of animals and dogs in particular has been something I enjoy to the fullest. I started out by taking pictures of my dogs at home back in Arizona and then moved to taking pictures of shelter dogs both in Philadelphia and Phoenix. Throughout my growth and trial by fire of this type of photography I learned a lot from the animals and about myself. After starting to shoot shelter dogs back home I made it an effort to help get these rescue pups homes and I figured the best way I could do that was through photography. With our photo crazed society we live in today I figured it wasn’t just limited to humans. These pups needed a ‘professional headshot’ to help them find homes. I decided I could be that person to help foster that connection between the picture and the potential adopter. Throughout the process I have seen 75+ dogs that I have photographed find homes and that is one of the best feelings I have experienced. Lately, I have gained the confidence to ask strangers on the street if they would let me take a photo of their dog and then send it to them. I’m not sure what my drive is to conduct these spontaneous photo shoots and I’m trying to learn what my motive is. I think it stems from my idea of how natural dogs are in front of the camera and how real they are. That realness is something I admire about the pups and something I want to show others about their dogs as well as random dogs. This love that dogs have for us as humans truly shines through these photos as I portray their personalities and some of their quirks through a short, less than 5 min photo session.

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About The Author: Kaleb Germinaro is a senior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2017. To read additional articles by Kaleb, go herehttps://tonywardstudio.com/blog/kaleb-germinaro-election-day-wouldve-thought/

 

Isabel Zapata: Memri

 

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 Photography and Text by Isabel Zapata, Copyright 2016

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MEMRI

Founded by Isabel Zapata, MEMRI is a concept that arose from the collective mindset of the youth of this generation. Fashion, it its very essence, is an expression of individuality, and MEMRI, at its very core, advocates for this. Now more than ever, the freedom of self expression must stand in the face of political turmoil. As not only a reflection of individual expression, MEMRI recognizes the inherent power that lies in the hands of the young generation and the value that has on the future.

The inspiration has always been here, right in front of us all. By creating individual, customized pieces rather than collections, MEMRI seeks to bring that special night to the next level. The perfect cocktail dress for your next night out with the girls, or a new top notch tie for your upcoming date.

MEMRI is iconic. It is the symbol of empowerment, youth, and fun. Make memories, make history.

Together we can change the world.

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Memri

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Fashion, in its very essence, is an expression of individuality. When we were asked to make this assignment political, there were various directions I was thinking of taking the project, but I ultimately settled on something that hit close to home. With the recent election results, I feel that the youth of this country were hit the hardest. I wanted my ads to reflect a brand that advocated not only for youth activism and political change, but also advocated for the freedom of self expression and individuality. With a few fraternity formals that I photographed this past weekend, I specifically went into them looking for shots that I could use for these ads. To me, capturing students having fun and being uninhibited by daily societal constraints seemed to be the purest form of expressing this brand idea for a fashion company that makes suits and cocktail dresses.

As for the actual design of the advertisements, I came at it from a few different angles. As far as brand name, I thought about different aspects of having a good time at a party and going out with friends and ultimately came up with the idea of a memory. Usually great memories are made on nights where people dress up and go to an event together, which is why I thought the name of the brand should be a spin off of “memories”. Furthermore, I wanted the font to reflect that of a higher end fashion company since nice cocktail attire is usually pretty expensive. I chose to capitalize and bold the font to reflect the same kind of style that I had seen in higher end fashion magazines. However, I definitely wanted to incorporate youthfulness and fun as well, so I designed the ads to reflect a polaroid print. To me, a polaroid print is an iconic symbol of youth and making memories with friends. The placement of the photo within the background has the same dimensions as a polaroid print, and I chose to incorporate handwritten-styled font to mimic the handwritten captions that are often written on polaroids. I also chose to use captions to tie in encouraging and empowering messages to better present the political context of the advertisements.

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About The Author: Isabel Zapata is sophomore enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2019. To read additional articles by Isabel Zapata, go herehttps://tonywardstudio.com/blog/isabel-zapata-girls-girls/

 

Anni Liu: Change

Photography and Text by Anni Liu, Copyright 2016

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I grew up in Florida, a suburban city named Melbourne. My home is a very quiet place, but it contained much of my childhood memory. The first time that I drove a car, the first time that I planted a tree, the moment that I got my first puppy, were all deeply rooted in my memory. One of the hardest things in anyone’s life is probably leaving home and moving to a new place. The year when I got into college, I moved to the city of Philadelphia. The city life is very different from the suburban life. There are always so many places to explore and new restaurants to try. The college life is also very different. I felt more independent and mature being in a place full of energy and life. I like to capture and document the places that I have been and the people who are very important in my life. Photography for me is not only an artistic expression but also a way to capture special moments in time. The world is always changing and time is always flowing. This project is to show and document a great change in my life. 

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About The Author: Anni Liu is a Junior majoring in the Biological Basis of Behavior, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2018. To access additional articles by Anni Liu, go here: https://tonywardstudio.com/blog/anni-liu-voices/

 

Grace Tang: Water Experiment

Photography and Text by Grace Tang, Copyright 2016

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WATER EXPERIMENT

In the dictionary, water is defined as a clear thin liquid that has no color or taste when it is pure and it is one of the most important sources of life on the earth. In Laozi’s book, he appreciates water’s character of benefiting everything, contending with none and is content with all others disdain. There is nothing in the world, weaker than water, but also there is nothing in the world can cut water.

I am fascinated with the idea of water, strong and weak, important but easily negligent. Also, although water itself has no color or taste, it creates new images when it combines with other elements and material, like lights and glass. Therefore, I am interested in doing photography experiment on water to see how water reacts with other things and create interesting photos.

In my twenty-four series, I divide my photos into 3 different experiments. First, it’s the combination of lights and water. I took these photos at Tuesday night. It is a rainy night. Rain fell on the ground, covering the whole street with water. Traffic lights turned from red to yellow to green, cars rushed on the street and Christmas light in the store were flashing like blinks of eyes. All these colorful lights were projected onto street by water, turning the ground to be a colorful palette. Second, I include photos of water in the nature to see how water and other natural environment interact. I took these two photos in summer when I was in Yellow Stone National Park and Glacier Park. Third, I played with distorting shape of items by water and glass.

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About The Author: Grace Tang is a Freshman enrolled at Bryn Maur College, Philadelphia. Class of 2020. To access additional articles by Grace, go here: https://tonywardstudio.com/blog/grace-tang-election/