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K Vaughn: Fall Collection 2017


Red Mohair Scarf by K Vaughn Fall 2017


Photo by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017


Styling: K Vaughn


Model: Amanda


Makeup: Aysha Silagy

Tyler Ling: The Tech Effect

Photography and Text by Tyler Ling, Copyright 2017




As a college student of the 21st century, I regularly find myself attached to my cell phone and computer. This growing dependency on these technologies has become an integrated part of my daily life. Beyond the usage for educational purposes, I find myself increasingly addicted to my cell phone for social media (i.e. Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook). This social media addiction stems from a psychological craving for social validation. Like my fellow peers, I want my friends to believe I am a delightful person. With the growing popularity of social networking, college students are becoming more dependent on technologies. Although social media intends to promote networking, the results can produce adverse effects on the dynamics of social interactions. When using social media, I often find myself sitting in a corner fixed onto the cellphone screen. In turn, I am unconsciously isolating myself from my surroundings and any physical interactions. In this series of photographs, I wanted to examine the aversive effects of this addictive dependency on technology amongst my fellow peers and young adults.


About The Author: Tyler Ling is a junior majoring in Biological Basis of Behavior, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania.  Class of 2020. To read additional articles by Tyler Ling, go here:


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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.

Kieran Koch-Laskowski: Life on Baltimore Avenue


Photography and Text by Kieran Koch-Laskowski


If you take a stroll down through West Philadelphia, you’ll find nestled on the corner of 43rd Street & Baltimore Avenue a quaint hideaway from the bustle of urban life: Clark Park. A lovely green-space, the park blossoms into a hub of activity as the spring and summer weather draw neighbors outside. Friends play chess on the picnic benches, passersby pause to let their dogs greet each other, crowds peruse fresh produce at weekly farmers’ markets, and children let loose on the playground as parents watch from benches.


A couple blocks eastward lies a stark contrast: Woodlands Cemetery. Here, you won’t hear children playing or dogs barking, but instead only the sounds of your footsteps as you traverse fifty-four acres of tombstones, monuments, and mausoleums. Some graves are so ornate and intricately carved that they seem like works of Michelangelo himself. Others seem little more than unmarked, crudely placed boulders. The differences make you pause and wonder – who were these people and what did they do with their lives?


The journey down Baltimore Avenue, from Clark Park to Woodlands Cemetery, is symbolic of life. Children, at the dawn of their lives, spend their time climbing, swinging, and frolicking as they explore what the world has to offer. Too engrossed in activity, the day passes without notice, and before you know it, dusk arrives. The sun sinks towards the horizon, and all that remains are monuments and memories.


Sunrise and sunset are constant – nothing can change the star’s daily path from East to West. In the meantime, find the time to listen to the birds’ morning songs, enjoy the afternoon warmth while spending time with loved ones, and admire the colors of the sky after a fulfilling day’s work.  It’s about the journey, not the destination.


Photography and Text by Kieran Koch-Laskowski, Copyright 2016.


About The Author: Kieran Koch Laskowski is a senior majoring in Biological Behavior  in the College of the University of Pennsylvania. Class of 2016. To read more articles by Kieran, go here:

Jasmin Smoots: Junkyard Crawl


Photography and Text by Jasmin Smoots


Heart pounding and looking over my shoulder I step carefully over the barrier rope that divides the public sidewalk I have come from and the private property I now stand on. Throwing caution to the wind and ignoring warning signs explicitly prohibiting trespassing under penalty of the law, I walk softly up the unpaved road past a broken down utilities truck and a speed boat overflowing with…junk. Abandoned goods that at one time meant something to someone now left outside for the elements to have their way with.


I come up the unpaved path, around the bend, and stumble on discarded treasures.


Never have I ever seen man and nature merge in the same manner as at a junkyard. In the junkyard, they become one. Simultaneously stuck in time yet timeless. This junkyard could be anywhere in anytime since the industrial revolution. Nothing about it, except maybe the graffiti tags from local delinquents indicate when or where I am.


The great machinery we pride ourselves on creating as a means to overpower nature is itself overpowered. Shattered glass litters the ground, falling from the windows of neglected vehicles. “Caution” and “danger” signs within the trucks now seem like warnings of the doom they did not realize was in their fate.


Abandoned and left to the elements, nature rebirths it as one of its own. Weeds grow around wheels, vines climb their way up the boom of a discarded excavator, rust rots the metal we believed was indestructible. Technology is proved insignificant. Nature has won.


Photography and Text by Jasmin Smoots, Copyright 2016.


About The Author: Jasmin Smoots is a senior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2016.  To read additional articles by Jasmin Smoots, go here: