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Articles:  Flipping the light fantastic

Developing students

By David Van Meter

To borrow from Kodak, beginning photography students took pictures -- further here's a certain amount of technical information you need in order to take pictures; you need to understand how the medium works," Photography Prof. Luther Smith begins, to somehow explain the images hanging just up the stairs from his Moudy office for most of the spring. The 20 or so prints are the best from the beginning photography courses he and instructor Dick Lane taught last fall. They seem like most pictures until you look closer -- at the guy on the roof, his arms outstretched, at the apple with a tree emerging from its center, at the woman staring forlornly down from an apartment balcony above. "We try to emphasize ideas rather than information. We encourage students to examine their own lives, to look at the issues they're going through, and to make pictures of those," Smith said. "That's what art is, and until students do that, they're just taking pictures."

Graphic design junior Jonah Ginsburg

Man versus nature? I have found the surreal approach to photography very appealing. After viewing the work of Jerry Uelsmann, I began experimenting with a technique he uses called blending. I began placing objects completely out of context and altering the images to make it appear true. The effect on the viewer is the most intriguing part. Most people know that what they see cannot be real, but have no idea how the image could be created. People are drawn to believe their eyes, and these pictures force them to question appearance.

Political science senior Miya Sugiyama

Smoke break. Working at a Chinese restaurant on Camp Bowie Boulevard, I met him. He doesn't like Japanese people; his father was killed by a Japanese soldier. But he likes me, which is changing his attitude toward other Japanese. His existence justifies me, as if he is saying that I can be who I am, not a Japanese person, but just a person, a person whom I always doubt. Under the superficial and fake masks, sometimes I cannot justify myself, but this time he did it for me. We speak different languages, but I smile, and he smiles.

Studio art senior Kerrie Conover

Labels. "We are influenced at a young age about what is attractive, what is good, what is bad, what to eat, what to drink, what is cool and how to look. We then become critical of other people's beliefs, opinions, and way of living and acting if they are different from ourselves. Assumptions are made and judgments are passed and very rarely do people attempt to dig beneath the surface to know the real person inside or find out why they are the way they are. I have been the victim as well as the guilty party in this world of images and ideals." --