Restoration of WWI Footage

Going along with the small archival theme of our class in analyzing gentrification and historical events in Philadelphia, I recently discovered that there are efforts to clean up 100 year old World War I footage.  The restoration project requires a lot of effort not only in adding frames to make the footage play smoother, clean…

Living Coral: 2019 Color of the Year

I didn’t know that there was an official color of the year (as official as a color of the year designated by Pantone, a for-profit enterprise, can be).  According to Pantone’s VP, “We’re looking toward those colors that bring nourishment and the comfort and familiarity that make us feel good. It’s not too heavy. We…

Hotel 22

Hotel 22 is a fantastic Short film directed by Elizabeth Lo, who’s made other wonderful short documentaries. It about a 24 hour bus route in Silicon Valley,  line 22, that functions a sort of homeless shelter at night. She has two sentences on one slide at the end of the film that addresses what we watched….

Lemi Ghariokwu and the Legendary Album Covers of Fela Kuti

Fela Kuti is an iconic musician from Nigeria who took every opportunity that he could to critique the corrupt Nigerian government and Nigerian society overall. His lyrics were scathing and thought provoking. When he sung you could hear his frustration and anger with the country that he felt was being held from greatness by the…

Torch Magazine

I am an intensely project-based photographer. I love having a larger task or goal to chip away at and mull over for a long time. After being published in multiple works by other students as well as my own book, I decided to try to make a magazine by myself. I wanted to do this…

Logo

I’ve been wanting to play around with making my own logo recently, but I definitely didn’t have the tools to do so before taking this class. The logo is based off of a tattoo that I got in April 2018 – the tattoo is a lion with orchids growing on its face. It is a…

TrinketWitch Jewelry

This morning I had the pleasure of photographing jewelry for one of my favorite local artists, TrinketWitch Jewelry. Everything is made by a woman named Nour – she is incredibly talented and all of her pieces are unique and painstakingly detailed. She is the one modeling for the feature image! I even asked Kalyxa in…

Playing Off the Unexpected

In thinking about our last project on public art, I was trying to find some interesting examples and came across an artist named Nina Saunders, who makes really interesting sculptures. She takes normal household items – armchairs, pianos, etc. – and turns them into dripping art pieces. She places them in exhibits but also public…

Hidji Films Shines Once Again in “Tony Tone”

For my final blog post, I was delighted to find that Hidji Films had produced yet another video for rap superstar A$AP Rocky. One of my favorite songs off of his new album Testing, “Tony Tone” is turned into a cinematic journey through Rocky’s life, Uptown New York, and the nature of his thoughts. We see…

Travis Scott Drives Home Irony in Zeze

One of the most interesting music videos to come out this year is certainly Zeze. The viral hit from Kodak Black featuring Travis Scott and Offset was recently turned into what might be the funniest music video of the year, rivaling the likes of the Wyclef Jean video from Young Thug that was released this…