Assignment: Light and Form
Assignment: Light and Form

Photography I
St. Lawrence University
Silver Gelatin Print
8" x 10"
2016

In thinking about light and how it affects the overall way we might interpret an image, a pre-med student photographs the body under natural lighting with connections to medical terms found in her textbook in order to question the sterile images of the body she is accustomed to viewing.

Assignment: Documentary and Street Photography (Photographic Truth)
Assignment: Documentary and Street Photography (Photographic Truth)

Color Photography I
Chicago State University
Pigment Inkjet Print
6" x 9"
2017

For the documentary project this student chose to photograph her Aunt whose time is spent at home caring for her husband and other family members. Taking inspiration from Carrie Mae Weems’s “The Kitchen Table Series”, the student portrays her Aunt as the protagonist amongst several secondary characters who enter the frame in small and almost unnoticed ways.

Assignment: Narrative and Memory
Assignment: Narrative and Memory

Color Photography I
Chicago State University
Pigment Inkjet Prints
12”x18”, 9.5”x13.5”
2017

To create a narrative based on memories from childhood, this student mixes anonymous photographs of her younger brother and sister with images from her own personal photo archive. This student used the image making approach of photographer Zora Murff as a reference.

Assignment: Constructed Images
Assignment: Constructed Images

Photography I
University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Pigment Inkjet Print
6" x 9"
2017

A student explores the way reality is often skewed during dreams but can still hint at real events. Several works by surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel were referenced throughout this body of work.

Assignment: Studio Portraits
Assignment: Studio Portraits

Digital Photography II
Chicago State University
Pigment Inkjet Print
12”x8”
2018

In this course students are introduced to a variety of ways that work can be made using studio lighting, both tungsten and strobes. For this project students are required to obtain model releases from all of their subjects and image ownership is discussed.

Assignment: Documentary and Street Photography (Photographic Truth)
Assignment: Documentary and Street Photography (Photographic Truth)

Photography I
St. Lawrence University
Silver Gelatin Print
8" x 10"
2016

Looking at the work of Garry Winogrand and other street photographers, students are tasked with attempting to be in the right place at the right time. During the project a larger conversation is built around how the photograph can be used to document the world around us in both truthful and fictive ways.

Assignment: Photographs with Purpose (Political/Social/Economic)
Assignment: Photographs with Purpose (Political/Social/Economic)

Color Photography II
Chicago State University
Pigment Inkjet Print
7.5" x 20"
2017

A student with friends and family who have been both the victims and perpetrators of gun violence looked to highlight the locations in her neighborhood where these acts occurred. Each image is paired with text from newspaper articles that in their brevity highlight the regular occurrence of these events. This work was made after a class visit to The Museum of Contemporary Photography and influenced by Chicago photographers, Dawoud Bey, and Paul D’Amato.

Assignment: Photographs with Purpose (Political/Social/Economic)
Assignment: Photographs with Purpose (Political/Social/Economic)

Photography II
St. Lawrence University
Pigment Inkjet Print
16" x 16"
2016

While working on their senior thesis research, this double major in sociology and studio art chose to explore the quality and quantity of food that could be purchased for $1. The project consisted of a large grid of images where food is presented, packaging removed, and each image contains $1 worth of food.

Assignment: Digital Negatives and Photo Collage
Assignment: Digital Negatives and Photo Collage

Photography I
St. Lawrence University
Silver Gelatin Print from Digital Negatives, Thread
10" x 8"
2015

By digitally scanning both negatives shot by the student and x-rays of her own back, this student made a series of images addressing her lifelong struggle with severe scoliosis. The images were built digitally in Photoshop using the scanned film and then printed on Pictorico to allow for darkroom printing. The print was then sewn into with red thread.

Assignment: Constructed Images and Sculptural Photographs
Assignment: Constructed Images and Sculptural Photographs

Beginning Digital Photography
The University of Iowa
Pigment Inkjet Prints, Plexiglas, Stone
Variable Dimensions
2012

Using images printed on a transparent material and then mounted to Plexiglas, this student created a multi-layered self-portrait.

Assignment: Environmental Portraiture
Assignment: Environmental Portraiture

Digital Photography III
Chicago State University
Pigment Inkjet Print
19”x16”
2018

After making portraits in a lighting studio with easily controlled outcomes, students are tasked with creating portraits within the subjects own space. This students project on her mother was influenced by the portrait work of Alec Soth and Jess T. Dugan.

Assignment: Process
Assignment: Process

Photography I
University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Silver Gelatin Print
8”x10”
2017

After a semester of mastering darkroom printing techniques, students are than shown a variety of alternative printing processes while still working with silver gelatin prints. This photograph utilizes the sabatier or solarization technique.

Assignment: Scanner as Camera
Assignment: Scanner as Camera

Digital Photography I
Chicago State University
Pigment Inkjet Prints
8”x11” each
2018

In this introductory class a variety of image making techniques are explored. The scanner acts essentially like a camera with an extremely shallow depth of field, singular light source, and an ability to capture extreme detail. Photographic abstraction is introduced as part of this project as well.

Assignment: Self-Directed Project "Moscow Kitchens"
Assignment: Self-Directed Project "Moscow Kitchens"

Advanced Photography
Murray State University
Pigment Inkjet Print
24" x 16"
2014

A student travelled to Russia over the summer, staying with family who lived in a Soviet style communal apartment. Noticing the multiplicity of objects that could be found in the communal kitchens, this student photographed these objects and their shared but separate relationship with each other. This project was completed during an independent study and concluded with an exhibition of the work.

In-Class Workshop on Alternative Processes
In-Class Workshop on Alternative Processes

Advanced Photography
Murray State University
Cyanotype
8" x 12"
2015

As part of the visiting artist program, I have been able to invite artists to come in and then co-teach a variety of alternative processes that are not regularly covered within the program. This is an opportunity for the students to experiment, learn new processes, and also work alongside another photographer.

In-Class Workshop on Alternative Processes
In-Class Workshop on Alternative Processes

Advanced Photography
Murray State University
Wet-Plate Collodion Tintype
5" x 4"
2014

Over the course of two days, visiting artist Rashod Taylor and I taught students how to coat plates, operate a view camera, and process tintypes. Once advanced students were trained, they were able to assist others in the process as well. During the event students, faculty, and staff from the entire department were invited to have their portrait made by my students. In the end, approximately 50 tintypes were created.

Assignment Parameters: One Location, Repeated Shots, No Dialogue, Digitally Built Soundtrack

"Exit to Stairwell"
New York State Summer School of the Arts: Media Art
SUNY Oswego
16mm Film Finished Digitally
Total Running Time: 1:41 min
2014

Following an introduction to non-linear and linear experimental shorts, students were asked to create their own shorts under a set of given parameters.

Assignment: Performance and Video Art

"Tension"
Introduction to Video Art
Murray State University
Digital Video
Total Running Time: 1:44 min
2015

Using the body as means of expression and communication, students were asked to conceptualize a project that could be performed by themselves or others. Artist references were Bas Jan Ader, Bruce Nauman, Ana Mendieta, and Martha Rosler.

Assignment: Color Theory and the Moving Image

"A Glimpse Into A Wandering Mind"
Two Dimensional Design
Murray State University
16mm Hand-Painted Film
Total Running Time: 1:12 min
2014
https://vimeo.com/184079726

As part of the foundations program. Students are introduced to Albers’ Interaction of Color and other color theory texts. For this assignment, students must take their color theory knowledge and translate it into a moving image through hand-painted films.

Assignment: Film Destroy - Found Footage Films

"Radio Bikini"
Collaborative project made between a sound art and experimental filmmaking class
Spliced and Bleached 16mm Film Transferred to Digital Video
Clip Total Running Time: 1:33
Total Running Time: 7:17
full film can be found at https://vimeo.com/108682117
2014

A collaborative film made between students studying sound art and experimental filmmaking. They took a nuclear testing propaganda film about the Bikini Atoll testing site and altered it through hand-painting, bleaching, and sound mixing. In the end, the students work twisted the film’s original intention.

Assignment: Light and Form
Assignment: Documentary and Street Photography (Photographic Truth)
Assignment: Narrative and Memory
Assignment: Constructed Images
Assignment: Studio Portraits
Assignment: Documentary and Street Photography (Photographic Truth)
Assignment: Photographs with Purpose (Political/Social/Economic)
Assignment: Photographs with Purpose (Political/Social/Economic)
Assignment: Digital Negatives and Photo Collage
Assignment: Constructed Images and Sculptural Photographs
Assignment: Environmental Portraiture
Assignment: Process
Assignment: Scanner as Camera
Assignment: Self-Directed Project "Moscow Kitchens"
In-Class Workshop on Alternative Processes
In-Class Workshop on Alternative Processes
Assignment Parameters: One Location, Repeated Shots, No Dialogue, Digitally Built Soundtrack
Assignment: Performance and Video Art
Assignment: Color Theory and the Moving Image
Assignment: Film Destroy - Found Footage Films
Assignment: Light and Form

Photography I
St. Lawrence University
Silver Gelatin Print
8" x 10"
2016

In thinking about light and how it affects the overall way we might interpret an image, a pre-med student photographs the body under natural lighting with connections to medical terms found in her textbook in order to question the sterile images of the body she is accustomed to viewing.

Assignment: Documentary and Street Photography (Photographic Truth)

Color Photography I
Chicago State University
Pigment Inkjet Print
6" x 9"
2017

For the documentary project this student chose to photograph her Aunt whose time is spent at home caring for her husband and other family members. Taking inspiration from Carrie Mae Weems’s “The Kitchen Table Series”, the student portrays her Aunt as the protagonist amongst several secondary characters who enter the frame in small and almost unnoticed ways.

Assignment: Narrative and Memory

Color Photography I
Chicago State University
Pigment Inkjet Prints
12”x18”, 9.5”x13.5”
2017

To create a narrative based on memories from childhood, this student mixes anonymous photographs of her younger brother and sister with images from her own personal photo archive. This student used the image making approach of photographer Zora Murff as a reference.

Assignment: Constructed Images

Photography I
University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Pigment Inkjet Print
6" x 9"
2017

A student explores the way reality is often skewed during dreams but can still hint at real events. Several works by surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel were referenced throughout this body of work.

Assignment: Studio Portraits

Digital Photography II
Chicago State University
Pigment Inkjet Print
12”x8”
2018

In this course students are introduced to a variety of ways that work can be made using studio lighting, both tungsten and strobes. For this project students are required to obtain model releases from all of their subjects and image ownership is discussed.

Assignment: Documentary and Street Photography (Photographic Truth)

Photography I
St. Lawrence University
Silver Gelatin Print
8" x 10"
2016

Looking at the work of Garry Winogrand and other street photographers, students are tasked with attempting to be in the right place at the right time. During the project a larger conversation is built around how the photograph can be used to document the world around us in both truthful and fictive ways.

Assignment: Photographs with Purpose (Political/Social/Economic)

Color Photography II
Chicago State University
Pigment Inkjet Print
7.5" x 20"
2017

A student with friends and family who have been both the victims and perpetrators of gun violence looked to highlight the locations in her neighborhood where these acts occurred. Each image is paired with text from newspaper articles that in their brevity highlight the regular occurrence of these events. This work was made after a class visit to The Museum of Contemporary Photography and influenced by Chicago photographers, Dawoud Bey, and Paul D’Amato.

Assignment: Photographs with Purpose (Political/Social/Economic)

Photography II
St. Lawrence University
Pigment Inkjet Print
16" x 16"
2016

While working on their senior thesis research, this double major in sociology and studio art chose to explore the quality and quantity of food that could be purchased for $1. The project consisted of a large grid of images where food is presented, packaging removed, and each image contains $1 worth of food.

Assignment: Digital Negatives and Photo Collage

Photography I
St. Lawrence University
Silver Gelatin Print from Digital Negatives, Thread
10" x 8"
2015

By digitally scanning both negatives shot by the student and x-rays of her own back, this student made a series of images addressing her lifelong struggle with severe scoliosis. The images were built digitally in Photoshop using the scanned film and then printed on Pictorico to allow for darkroom printing. The print was then sewn into with red thread.

Assignment: Constructed Images and Sculptural Photographs

Beginning Digital Photography
The University of Iowa
Pigment Inkjet Prints, Plexiglas, Stone
Variable Dimensions
2012

Using images printed on a transparent material and then mounted to Plexiglas, this student created a multi-layered self-portrait.

Assignment: Environmental Portraiture

Digital Photography III
Chicago State University
Pigment Inkjet Print
19”x16”
2018

After making portraits in a lighting studio with easily controlled outcomes, students are tasked with creating portraits within the subjects own space. This students project on her mother was influenced by the portrait work of Alec Soth and Jess T. Dugan.

Assignment: Process

Photography I
University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Silver Gelatin Print
8”x10”
2017

After a semester of mastering darkroom printing techniques, students are than shown a variety of alternative printing processes while still working with silver gelatin prints. This photograph utilizes the sabatier or solarization technique.

Assignment: Scanner as Camera

Digital Photography I
Chicago State University
Pigment Inkjet Prints
8”x11” each
2018

In this introductory class a variety of image making techniques are explored. The scanner acts essentially like a camera with an extremely shallow depth of field, singular light source, and an ability to capture extreme detail. Photographic abstraction is introduced as part of this project as well.

Assignment: Self-Directed Project "Moscow Kitchens"

Advanced Photography
Murray State University
Pigment Inkjet Print
24" x 16"
2014

A student travelled to Russia over the summer, staying with family who lived in a Soviet style communal apartment. Noticing the multiplicity of objects that could be found in the communal kitchens, this student photographed these objects and their shared but separate relationship with each other. This project was completed during an independent study and concluded with an exhibition of the work.

In-Class Workshop on Alternative Processes

Advanced Photography
Murray State University
Cyanotype
8" x 12"
2015

As part of the visiting artist program, I have been able to invite artists to come in and then co-teach a variety of alternative processes that are not regularly covered within the program. This is an opportunity for the students to experiment, learn new processes, and also work alongside another photographer.

In-Class Workshop on Alternative Processes

Advanced Photography
Murray State University
Wet-Plate Collodion Tintype
5" x 4"
2014

Over the course of two days, visiting artist Rashod Taylor and I taught students how to coat plates, operate a view camera, and process tintypes. Once advanced students were trained, they were able to assist others in the process as well. During the event students, faculty, and staff from the entire department were invited to have their portrait made by my students. In the end, approximately 50 tintypes were created.

Assignment Parameters: One Location, Repeated Shots, No Dialogue, Digitally Built Soundtrack

"Exit to Stairwell"
New York State Summer School of the Arts: Media Art
SUNY Oswego
16mm Film Finished Digitally
Total Running Time: 1:41 min
2014

Following an introduction to non-linear and linear experimental shorts, students were asked to create their own shorts under a set of given parameters.

Assignment: Performance and Video Art

"Tension"
Introduction to Video Art
Murray State University
Digital Video
Total Running Time: 1:44 min
2015

Using the body as means of expression and communication, students were asked to conceptualize a project that could be performed by themselves or others. Artist references were Bas Jan Ader, Bruce Nauman, Ana Mendieta, and Martha Rosler.

Assignment: Color Theory and the Moving Image

"A Glimpse Into A Wandering Mind"
Two Dimensional Design
Murray State University
16mm Hand-Painted Film
Total Running Time: 1:12 min
2014
https://vimeo.com/184079726

As part of the foundations program. Students are introduced to Albers’ Interaction of Color and other color theory texts. For this assignment, students must take their color theory knowledge and translate it into a moving image through hand-painted films.

Assignment: Film Destroy - Found Footage Films

"Radio Bikini"
Collaborative project made between a sound art and experimental filmmaking class
Spliced and Bleached 16mm Film Transferred to Digital Video
Clip Total Running Time: 1:33
Total Running Time: 7:17
full film can be found at https://vimeo.com/108682117
2014

A collaborative film made between students studying sound art and experimental filmmaking. They took a nuclear testing propaganda film about the Bikini Atoll testing site and altered it through hand-painting, bleaching, and sound mixing. In the end, the students work twisted the film’s original intention.

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