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Stephens advanced digital photography students to display work

April 27, 2017


These days anyone with a cellphone can fancy herself a photographer.

Just point, shoot and capture a moment, right?

Chase Thompson, assistant professor of filmmaking at Stephens College, is challenging his advanced digital photography students to take their picture-taking to a higher level.  

“What makes these photographs more important than a picture on your phone,?” he asked his students.

Their answers are reflected in the 10 Women – Photography Exhibit that goes on display Friday, April 28, 2017, at Broadway Brewery, 816 E. Broadway. The show is a collection of 10 selected works that features mixed media, portraiture, abstract and other unique forms. The students will be on hand from 4 to 7 p.m. to talk about their artwork. The work will also be on sale.

Thompson encourages his students to dig deep for what it is they are trying to say with their photography.

“A lot of people go to Pinterest for inspiration,” he said. “I try to discourage the students from doing that and instead ask them to look into their own well of inspiration.”

Kelsey Cyganik ’17 spent weeks in the basement of Tower Hall digging through Stephens College archives for old photographs of the campus. Once she located some images she liked—most of them from 1938—she took her own photographs of the campus and melded them with the old.

The result is a collection of photographs that simultaneously put the viewer in the past and present. Their effects are mesmerizing.

“It’s a perfect marriage of old and new,” Cyganik said. 

In her collection called “Private Meets Public,” Rose Bennett ’19 superimposed images of landscapes onto photographs of a nude woman, creating artwork that is both beautiful and haunting.

“They’ve all headed in radically different directions,” Thompson said. “We’re really excited for the show.”

Other students participating in the show and the title of their photographs: Arin Cross ’18, “Night of an Insomniac”;  Emerson Van Roekel ’20, “Topiary”; Jayla Williams ’18, “Sexy Psychedelic”; Kristi Shumate ’17, “Almost Gone”; Makayla Penny ’20, “Mixed Media Photography”; Mariah Brisco ’19, “Dream Photography”; Rachael Mallinson ’19, “Skeleton”; and Shae Walker ’20, “Black Water.”

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