Last year, the Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University helped support my work using autophotography. Most of the photos were taken by women involved in training programs in Dadaab who I asked to take photos of people, places, or moments in their lives when they felt powerful or empowered. Women were instructed to get permission from the subjects of their photos (most frequently their family members) and I shared the photographs that the women agreed to share publicly with TAMU. Below is the collection of photographs they curated to share. On June 24, 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda, I will attend a showing of these photos and photos from other projects funded by the Center on Conflict and Development. I’ll share details about the venue and times closer to the date.
In Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud presents an analysis of comics that relates to how we tell stories with visuals and words. His description of spacing, or gutters between images, presents a way of understanding how we space images not only in comics but in galleries and other photographic works. The slideshow on Internet galleries even […]Read more "Connecting Comics and Photo Stories"
As I prepare to develop my own photostory from views and experiences of women learners in NGO training in Dadaab, I am looking for inspiration. I found two highly relevant photo stories that link to what I’m planning/hoping to do for my dissertation. Dadaab Stories Dadaab stories is a fascinating multimedia project conducted with the […]Read more "Refugee, Movement, and Immigration: Documentary Photo Stories"
For our photographic narratives course, we’ve been asked to respond to Let us now praise famous men by James Agee and Walker Evans. The book includes Evans photos (see below) and Agee’s writing which borders on poetry in syntax. Throughout my reading I hear Agee’s apology to the family and people he met while on […]Read more "Creating subjects: Response to “Let us now praise famous men”"
For the photography class, we’re taking before (middle) and after photos. You can see my Americana post below for a window into my family and childhood home. This series is from a Bikram yoga class.Read more "Bikram Yoga – Photographing stories from State College"
Although Rockwell painted and I’m photographing, and although I’m only documenting my family, I feel an odd channeling of Rockwellian (that’s a word?) Americana. At the same time, there are classic NE Ohio Italian-American tells on the table, including the “authentic” parmesan, salad, and a bbq chicken take on lasagna. Or maybe that’s just my […]Read more "Family dinner: Channeling Norman Rockwell in NE Ohio"
Photographing people where I don’t belong (as per a recent Photo assignment) reflected my own expectations of State College. The first location I scouted Sunday afternoon, near dusk, was the liquor store, just before closing, hoping to get a shot through the glass of them closing up. I don’t belong in a liquor store after […]Read more "“I’m use to it, I’m from here” – Photography where I don’t belong"
I feel as though I’m circling around my methodology for my dissertation. I have narrowed it to ethnography, of which I’m familiar from my background in anthropology. From there, I am looking at visual ethnography, because it allows me to use new (and kinda cool) tools to document and elicit. Plagens, in his article on […]Read more "What is documentary photography (and why am I so curious about it)"
For my first assignment for Photographic Narrative, I attended and photographed a course from the Osher Lifelong Institute and the Penn State Tea Institute about the history of tea. The below shots focus on the protagonist of my narrative, Ryan, who led the class through a short lecture, tea tasting, and extensive question and answer […]Read more "Photographic Narrative of a Stranger"
This blog post is for Photographic Narratives, a course I am auditing at Penn State. The assignment is to write a response to In Africa: The Art of Listening by Henning Makell. Makell begins his story speaking of his own journey to Mozambique, where he has settled for the past 25+ years. In light of […]Read more "Response to In Africa: The Art of Listening"