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Materials: Archival Inkjet Print with Film Negative

Dimensions of Work: 8" x 8"

Project Advisor: Julie Lindemann and John Shimon

Year of Graduation: 2012



Artist Statement


This isn’t Fifth Avenue in New York or Rue Saint-Honore in Paris. This is certainly not Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills or State Street in Chicago. I am not photographing the off duty model stepping out of the studio or the “silver fox” from the city. This is Lawrence University. I am photographing my peers.

I sit myself down in a well-trodden area and watch as people walk past. A few notice the bulky camera but just keep walking. I wait until someone catches my eye. The person I am waiting for does not necessarily have to be donning the most fashionable outfit or appear perfectly put together; this certain student should be someone who rocks what he or she chose to put on in the morning. There are some people that I notice walking around campus almost everyday that fascinate me with their wardrobe. Those are the people I lust after-photographically speaking-as additions to my growing series.

People consistently ask what to do when photographed. When they ask, I am looking through the lens at their inquiring faces. Usually they start to smile. If, and only if, there is a genuine smile that somehow completes the image and the outfit, I let that smile stick. Otherwise I challenge my subject to resist the grin. When I say no smiles, their whole demeanor changes. They are suddenly aware that they were chosen to display their fashion sense.

After documenting each outfit, I quickly jot down the student’s name and major. Street photographers tend to group their fashionable subjects according to where they were photographed. That seems illogical in a place where each person hails from a different hometown. Instead, I catalogue each student by his or her field of study. I photograph them not knowing their major so when they tell me what group they fall into, it’s either my internal eye roll, “of course you’re a Geology major”, or I am pleasantly surprised by the billowing cape on the East Asian Studies student.

This work was funded in part by a Mellon Senior Experience Grant.


Copyright for this work is held by the artist.


Color Photography, Inkjet Print, Street Fashion, Students, Hybrid Photography, Photography