Facial expressions are some of the most unpredictable parts of the human experience. We set out to try to capture this in a series on surprise. After several attempts, we managed to set up the school’s green screen. One by one, we selected our victims. We positioned our subjects in front of the screen, and Aizhan would launch into an explanation of our project, a lie that we perfected over the course of several weeks. “So, we’re just taking portraits. The school just got this green screen, cool right? And so we’re going to take some pictures and then we’ll Photoshop something behi-” Splish! Anna would whip a spray bottle out from behind the screen to squirt them with water. Below you will find a selection of the most interesting reactions, which vary from a simple squint of the eye to a full body movement. This range is what we were trying to capture. One surprise for us was that our subjects kept the secret of our process for almost two weeks. Please check back later, as more will be posted over time.
Do you ever look at someone and think they look just like a celebrity? That is what we attempted in our "Portraits" project. Many people in our school look just like subjects of famous paintings, have personalities that match famous movie characters, or have a striking resemblance to a revolutionary leader. We made our costumes, built our props, and grabbed a green screen, but it was our models that made the photos really work. We would like to thank everyone who participated in our projects, from modeling to make-up, for helping us pull this project together.
Photographs by: Aidan Moore, Kimmy Li, and Ben Taylor
Cross Country is very hard and intense kind of sport. Runners always inspire me with their purposefulness and willpower. I was really interested in facial expressions on the runners after a race and their motivations, which caused their start in cross country.
Photographs by: Aizhan Myrzabek Kyzy
Our original goal in this project was to pay homage to the talent and passion that students develop and then try to release in their selected elective. Through strenuous effort and six, seven, possibly eight hours of photo shopping, and attempted murder of a posh computer, our end result was this picture with pixel faces. The pixel faces are used to represent the individuals and their gift, and then the group as a whole of unit of collected love for something in which they believe.
Photographs by: Callay Boire- Shedd and Hannah Frazier
To the teachers and students: we are sorry for disrupting you in your passions.
Instructor: Julieta Vitullo