A. H. Scott: Angel Light

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Family Album

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Photography and Text by A. H. Scott, Copyright 2017

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As I walked past my mother’s bedroom late afternoon yesterday, my eyes were attracted to something I was surprised at seeing. It was a tiny patch of sunshine upon the edge of her bed.

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Mother’s Bedroom

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I stood silent, but began to smile to myself. In that snap of a second in time; a miracle of karma, remembrance and just an unseen gift from the heavens was allowed me by my eyes seeing that sight.

 I couldn’t let the image pass without capturing it. And, the inspiration for the poem titled, “Angel Light” flowed through me.

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ANGEL LIGHT

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Just us three

My Dad, my Mom, and Me

Life’s hourglass shifted

Just us two

My Mom and Me

Shift of hourglass came last year once more

Now, it’s just me

Aspects of my Dad and my Mom are seen in me through the eyes of my family

Vocal similarity of my Mom is heard across a telephone line

Chubby cheeks of my Dad is seen within family members’ eyes

For me, it’s the essence of these two remarkable souls that I embrace in living memory

Then, like a sign from heaven above, I saw you once more

And, there it happened as I walked past Mom’s open bedroom door

Comforting light of joy that cradled my core

With their angel light flickering forever bright inside of my heart; the light of love which they selflessly gave me came from this baby’s first breath from the start

Angel light…..gratitude eternal

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About The Author: A.H. Scott is a poet based in New York City and frequent contributor to Tony Ward Studio. To read additional articles by A. H. Scott, go herehttps://tonywardstudio.com/blog/h-scott-kiss/

 

Jonathan Tang: Light and Paper

Photography, Text and Video by  Jonathan Tang, Copyright 2017

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LIGHT AND PAPER

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Since I was young, I have loved light. I loved looking at the Sun, watching fireworks, and playing with lasers. In elementary school, I brought multiple magnifying glasses to school to burn wood chips and paper with my friends. In middle school, I played with lasers, magnifying glasses, and other glass objects to see which was the shiniest under light. In high school, I learned about optics and set up experiments with lasers both in class and out of class. In college, I learned how to capture light and show the things I see to others.

Following a previous project pairing origami and light, Paper and Light, I decided to continue and produce another set of images, Light and Paper. Like the last set of images, I decided to use an LED light strip for lighting, but unlike the last set, I decided to be more experimental in my methods and styles. Instead of fixing my lighting in one setup, I decided to create a more flexible lighting rig, featuring a cardboard box, a microphone stand, a roll of paper, and many twist ties. That allowed me to experiment with the lighting in free hand, before fixing it with the rig. Additionally, I decided to make greater use of different materials. This set features one image that is a bit different from the others, featuring a newspaper, glasses, and a pen. It also features textured construction paper, more textured origami, and some of the equipment used to create the lighting (namely, the helping-hands on which the magnifying glass is mounted is present in some images). Finally, Light and Paper uses many more sources of light, as well as many methods of modifying it. All images use light produced with an LED strip, but some use light passed through a glass of water, through a sheet of origami paper, or through a magnifying glass. Some even include light from a candle, passed through the glass of water and focused on a subject. Some were even produced under daylight conditions, with extra light entering through the background. All the images, however, were designed with the intention of experimenting with light and paper, and creating vivid scenes using nothing but the two.

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About The Author: Jonathan Tang is a senior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2017. Johnathan plans to enroll in medical school once he graduates. To see additional articles by Jonathan Tang, go herehttps://tonywardstudio.com/blog/jonathan-tang-paper-light/

 

 

Noel Zheng: Through My Looking Glass

Photography and Text by Noel Zheng, Copyright 2017

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THROUGH MY LOOKING GLASS

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New York presents itself as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, with the projections of the high life. But in reality, especially for such a fast-paced, goal-oriented city, the dreams that drove people to this place can easily be pushed to the back in a quick wisp of ‘need to do this, and that’… and before anyone knows it, that one self-deserving person is moulded into another passer-by; one in the other eight million people in this city of all cities.

But New York is really something, because people don’t lose hope. I mean, amongst all the elegant skyscrapers, and street vendors, and honking taxis, and fast-paced people, and get- the-f***-out-of-my-ways, a city so big is bound to have something for someone. But maybe it is just that: that New York can give you exactly what you want, but only when you don’t want it.

Every time I go, New York is a little bit different. This time, it felt nostalgic even though I never grew up there; it seemed dull yet vital; it carried a connotation of melancholy, of a honey-will-you-be-back-for-dinner, of a time that seemed to have just slipped through our fingers before us noticing it was gone.

Through these series of photographs, I capture New York City through my view-finder; through my looking glass; through the perspective that I encouraged myself to see. Although you might not find your New York in this, I see a snippet of my New York; and isn’t that the most powerful thing about this? For every photo to tell a slightly different story for everyone; just like the city I try to tell about.

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About The Author: Noel Zheng is a freshmen enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2020. To access additional articles by Noel Zheng, go here: https://tonywardstudio.com/blog/noel-zheng-domestic/

 

Janelle Tong: Building Bridges

 

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Photography and Text by Janelle Tong, Copyright 2017

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BUILDING BRIDGES

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For my individual project, I aimed to find a way to connect my work and learnings in photography to something related to my concentrations in Wharton: marketing and management. While many spectators would wonder how it would possible to translate these abstract concepts into visual representations, I found the most appropriate analogy in the form of bridges around Philadelphia.

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For context, after graduation, I will be working in the tech sector, specifically in a product marketing role. This position can most commonly be found at the intersection between product development usually done by highly specialized engineering teams and user and everyday consumer interactions. In other words, I like to analogize this role as the bridge that connects the people who build “stuff” to those who use said “stuff.” Thus, with this comparison in mind, I set out to capture various bridges and different perspectives of those architectural structures with my camera.

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In pursuing this project, it actually felt like I was not only able to capture images that I believe adequately represented my bridge analogy, but I was also able to further refine my own editing style and aesthetic. Back when I was working on my previous still life assignment, I noticed that my photographs tended to be more on the minimalist side with a preference for black and white images that employ high contrasts between the highlights and shadows. This particular style of editing is something I found to be aesthetically appealing, and it continued to play an influencing factor as I began putting together my collection of images for this individual project. Ultimately, through this individual project, I learned more about what I find appealing in terms of digital composition, and I hope that I can continue to refine my own editing style—or trademark, as some would say—in preparation for my final portfolio project.

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About The Author: Janelle Tong is a Senior enrolled in the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2017. To read additional articles by Janelle Tong, go herehttps://tonywardstudio.com/blog/janelle-tong-essence-balance/