I had never been out of my country, Kyrgyzstan, so my first meeting with Washington State was full of emotions. First I visited Seattle, where were taken most of my photos. All of them are full of life and opportunities, and I think in them you are able to see parts of the city with my eyes. Each of these photos has its own story in my mind, and I really want to share them with you.
Photographs by: Aizhan Myrzabek Kyzy
I like sunsets because the light from sunsets colors the sky, which makes it look very beautiful. I took these pictures at the water front in downtown Poulsbo. At first, the sunset colors the sky to yellow, then to golden. It makes the sun look like a golden egg in the sky and the clouds like a protective cotton shell around the egg. After the sun goes down, the sky turns to pink and then red. It makes me think the sky ate the sun and has a smile face.
Photographs by Kimmy Li
She’s 6, in first grade, and just a little bit photogenic.
Since she’s my sister and we live in the same house, I decided it’d be fun to follow her around for a week and see what life is like when you’re three feet tall.
Photographs by: Aidan Moore
On two different weekends I went to two different places. The first was Crescent Lake, Olympic National Park, and the next was Illahee State Park.
For my project, I decided to work with water, because it's a very dynamic subject with much to offer. It's also a challenge, it is, well, it is itself. Water is reflective, historical, and dazzling.
If this is "just water", then you must not need it.
Photographs by: Hannah Frazier
Going away for the night
Going away while we sleep
Away till the morning
A place where I go to clear my head
A place that tells everyone's stories
Then washes them away
Pictures at Fort Worden Kenzie Beach and North Beach in Port Townsend, Washington
Photographs by: Callay Boire-Shedd
For the past two weeks, I visited the Poulsbo Farmers Market. Every Saturday, local farmers and artists set up shop in the parking lot behind the Poulsbo Village Medical Center. I took pictures on two different days; I wasn't happy with my results the from the first day, so I returned with a clearer idea of what I wanted. I was presented an array of colors and textures which I tried to capture in my photos. I hope that I was able to transfer some of the energy of the Market into the photos below.
Photographs by: Espen Swanson
Off of highway 305 on Bainbridge Island resides Butler Green Farms, a 25 acre and 25 year old sustainable farm. The farm provides a large amount of food for Bainbridge and Poulsbo, as well as education and training for people looking to get involved in the agricultural industry. I created this series so people can learn more about where their food comes from and understand about the food industry itself.
Photographs by: Ben Taylor
The idea for this project came from a picture I had taken of my cat when I first got my camera. I found out that my cat Kisa is insanely photogenic (it's almost unfair, really.) I like taking pictures of cats because, unlike what happens with people, you can't ask them to pose and, unless you chase them, you're done taking pictures once they leave. For these pictures I just followed Peek-a-boo and Kisa around my yard for a day.
Photographs by: Anna Zacovic
Everyone has heard how Video Killed the Radio Star, but what many of us may not realize is how the Polaroid camera killed the negative. For decades, the exposure process was often considered a pain. But, by eliminating this step, instant exposure film could never be copied. A single memory could only live in one place.
Throughout the shooting and editing process, we were inspired by the photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, who aimed to capture the “decisive moment” in his photography. Our idea could be explained by a phrase from Susan Sontag’s book, On Photography:
Photographs may be more memorable than moving images, because they are a neat slice of time, not a flow. Each still photograph is a privileged moment, turned into a slim object that one can keep and look at again.
For our series “Polaroid Killed the Negative,” we decided to create something that could never exist--the negative image of a polaroid. In the world of photography, a negative can be duplicated over and over again, akin to the background scenery of our lives. The positive image represents moments that can never happen again, similar to Polaroids that can never be reproduced.
Luckily enough, you can look at our photographs as many times as you like, so feel free to enjoy a few moments with us.
Photographs by: Aidan Moore and Aizhan Myrzabek Kyzy
With the advent of digital photography, and later social media sites like Instagram and Facebook, some of the magic of photography has been lost. Very rarely do photographers spend hours hunched over in dark rooms, painstakingly developing negatives in the hope that the shot would be the one. Photography was a kind of miracle, some said. We sought to reclaim some of that magic by using early photography methods as inspiration for our own work. We were further inspired by the question of identity.
In front of the lens, I am at the same time: the one I think I am, the one I want others to think I am, the one the photographer thinks I am, and the one he makes use of to exhibit his art. In other words, a strange action: I do not stop imitating myself, and because of this, each time I am (or let myself be) photographed, I invariably suffer from a sensation of inauthenticity, sometimes of imposture…
We attempted to use these concepts to form our photographs. The end result is at the same time haunting, abstract and thought-provoking with an element of mystery. The subjects and forms are often open for people to interpretation. We invite you to do so.
Photographs by: Callay Boire-Shedd, Espen Swanson, Hannah Frazier
Instructor: Julieta Vitullo