Had a wonderful time at the Revival release show tonight. Met some wonderful people and saw some familiar faces. It was a fantastic opportunity to write for this magazine. Revival reached out to me to share the story of my project developed to get people discussing rape in popular culture. It was an honor to have been published as well as to have been introduced by the Chair of the Graphic Design Program Bernard Canniffe. I hold this man in such high esteem and to have been introduced so kindly was a highlight of the year.
On October 31st, I was invited to speak on air with Red River Radio in Shreveport. I was on the show "The Better Picture," with Ross Foote. It was such a wonderful experience to be on the radio. I was a little nervous due to the fact that I had never been on the radio before but in the end it was a very relaxed atmosphere and made for a relaxed conversation.
I look forward to inviting Mr. Foote to my classroom next semester to speak with the students about their work in photography.
If you are interested in listening to the broadcast you can experience here by clicking the link here.
This year I was approached by 1340 Art Magazine to submit one of my photographs to be published in their magazine! Unfortunately, I wasn't published in this round of the print edition, but I was published as a showcase artist on their blog! Feel free to check out the link below to check out what they posted!
I don't like to brag but I am really proud of myself because I overcame something that made my anxiety levels rise. I forced myself to develop a piece of art for a competition/gallery show. I have never created anything for the purpose of a competition. I have always entered work after just making something for fun. It was inspiring and terrifying. I also forced myself into a new medium and a new canvas size. (Acrylic 48''x36'') I am happy to say my work was accepted for the show that was held on Friday the 13th, at Art Space in Shreveport, LA.
It was so lovely to be a part of this gathering of creative minds. I was lucky enough to win the sponsors choice award too!! Below is what ArtSpace wrote about the winners. What is even more exciting is that my painting is getting sold too! First ever painting I have ever sold.
Congratulations to our InGRAVED award winners
$1,000 Best of Show: Sarah Burns
$500 Best of Discipline: Susan Fortenberry
$500 Best of Discipline: Literary: Kathryn Usher
$500 Sponsor Choice Award: Samantha Barbour
$300 Juror’s Choice: Molly McCombs
$300 Juror’s Choice: Rod Talbot
$300 Juror’s Choice: Karen Drott McCain
And a special thank you to our sponsor Forest Park Cemetery who paid for these awards!
We had the wonderful opportunity to engage with the students visiting Digifest South this week! Students were able to play with adobe photoshop, corel-painter, and sculptris. Looking forward to meeting the next in a year! #digifestsouth #digifest #lsus #digitalarts#lsusdigitalarts
*BELOW BLOG WAS WRITEN BY SOMEONE ELSE FROM LSUS
LaPREP (Louisiana Preparatory Program) just recently completed its twenty-sixth annual summer session on the campus of LSU Shreveport. Fifty-two students attended the summer program, 29 as beginning first-year participants and 23 as continuing second-year participants. The goal of LaPREP is to identify, encourage, and instruct competent middle and early high school students, with special attention to include women and minority students, who, as a result of the program, will successfully complete a college program preferably in math, science, or engineering. Many of LaPREP’s participants have been and will be first-generation college-bound students. LaPREP charges no fees or tuition of any kind, and the program provides lunches and transportation via SporTran bus passes. The objective of LaPREP includes the development of abstract reasoning, problem solving, and writing skills. The academic components include Logic, Engineering, Probability and Statistics, Algebraic Structures, Problem Solving, Technical Writing, Robotics, and Leadership Skills. Participants hear from engineers, scientists, and mathematicians, including many minority professionals, who discuss career opportunities and their educational requirements. Other aspects include college and career awareness, a study skills seminar, and field trips to local businesses and industries. To date, more than 750 young people from the Shreveport/Bossier area have participated in LaPREP. Every LaPREP graduate is eligible to receive a LaPREP scholarship to LSU Shreveport as an entering freshman in the amount of $500 a semester. This four-year award is in addition to any level of TOPS award that the student receives from the state of Louisiana. The Shreveport City Council has twice awarded LaPREP for its contribution to math and science to the youth in Shreveport. The Mathematical Association of America gave LaPREP an award for its contribution to mathematics in the state of Louisiana. LaPREP has also received awards from the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Foundation. The program has been featured on C-SPAN and has been the subject of a documentary film that aired nationally on the ABC network. In addition, evaluations contributed by the participants, their parents, and local and state officials who have visited LaPREP have been very high. It should be noted that the LaPREP director has also received many prestigious local, regional, and national awards for quality teaching, public service, and his work with LaPREP. In 2007 in Washington, D.C., Dr. Carlos Spaht was awarded United States Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education). Other awards bestowed upon Dr. Spaht include the Louisiana Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation; The Louisiana/Mississippi Distinguished University Teaching Award in Mathematics in Recognition of Extraordinarily Successful Teaching by the Mathematical Association of America; The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award (which is the highest national award given for public service); and The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring by the National Science Foundation and the President of the United States.
This summer I had the fantastic pleasure of being part of the LaPixel program that is offered to LaPrep students here in Shreveport Louisiana. LaPREP is a program that is held during the summers to help enrich student in the program. It is offered to middle and early high school students preparing to enter into fields of math, science, and engineering in college.
LaPixel focuses on teaching students how to think critically and creatively while developing a game in gamemaker. Student begin by learning the basics of photoshop and developing game concepts. This is teaching them how to think about things creatively and critically because they are asked to come up with ideas and present them to the rest of the class in the first week. They are forced to try to fully develop their idea as far as possible so that when they present they can answer any question asked of them.
Later in the program they begin to work in teams to develop one game within their team. The learn some basic coding and working with the GameMaker system. The team work is a vital part of their time in the LaPixel program because by working with others 5 days a week they are needing to think critically about how they speak to one another and what are the best ways to develop what they need as a team for their game and in a timely manner.
Being involved in this program taught me a lot about working with middle and high-school students that I didn't learn by working with Girls Who Code. I learned a lot about teenage kid dynamics and dealing with bullying. It is sad to say but it was surprising how much happened in the class. While students I don't believe meant to pick on each other, it happened that there was also no control on what they let out of their mouth. This taught me a lot about myself, because I had to think critically myself on how to handle the situation. I tend to be very aware of people's emotions and tiny reactions to things. I often recognize and sometime forget to react. There was a point in the program that I knew that what was happening was not acceptable, but it did take me a day to realize I need to speak up and squash what was being said and done. I am proud of my actions because I do believe it made a difference in a few student's lives and also taught the other students about kindness.
With all that being said I don't want anyone to think badly of any of these children because they are all marvels in their own way. I was proud to have worked with and met each one of them. In my mind working in a program like this and really digging into changing a person's perspective is what makes my job worth it. There were days that I went home absolutely exhausted, but I wouldn't have exchanged this experience for anything. I am so proud of all these kids. They are so creative and smart. With the right positive feedback I think these individuals will go on to do great things
Date: on June 14th 2017
Model: Jade Alex
Location: St. Vincent Mall
Theme: Random Prop
F-Stop Mafia Meeting
So like I said in my last post I had a lot of issues with grain in my photos. I will be working on remedying this before my next shoot. I had as much fun photography Jade as I did Haley. Her outfit was a perfect because it was different enough to allow for what I felt was unique shots. In a lot of the shots I angled my camera in ways that gave her a child like quality. Shooting from above I felt made her seem smaller. Shooting from the ground when she sat allows in my opinion for the view to feel as if they are child like as well.
The colors were based on the feeling I wanted the photos to portray. Old polaroid is the reason for the orange glow. I achieved this by using a orange filter in front of my lens when out shooting. The other quality I wanted to give these photographs were of something dark. Because she is a grown woman dressed as a child it already given the sense that something is up. By focusing on making her eyelashes a priority and making them appear darker, I feel as though the dark feeling I was looking for was achieved.
Date: on June 14th 2017
Model: Haley Milazzo
Location: St. Vincent Mall
Theme: Random Prop
F-Stop Mafia Meeting
I had a lot of issues with my shot because I am fighting the grain captured in my Nikon. I don't mind grain when it appears to have some film like quality. But this is just too much. I think I recovered these photographs pretty ok. I would have had more shots had it not been for the grain.
With that being said, this was the most fun I have had in a long time. Moving to a new city where I didn't know anyone has been lonely. Being invited to be a part of the F-Stop Mafia has changed the way I look at the city. I now have new friends who are interested in doing some of the same things I am. I feel like I have found my people. (Quote from Gravity Falls)
Haley was a perfect model. She just seems to fall into the shots as if she has been doing it her whole life. I taught Haley in a few classes while teaching at LSUS. I can say with confidence that Haley will be going places, and it was my pleasure to take photos with her on this photoshoot.
I will be uploading more shots later today of my new friend Jade as well.