History of Photography

Post your comments, reviews and critiques below. As stated in the course syllabus, reviews should be at least one paragraph in length (approx 250 words) and follow the general guidelines presented in course handouts, including: Talking and Writing about Art.

Again, this format is informal and the comments should be brief and concise. This is not a space for lengthy discourse or academic writing. I expect you to write as you would speak in class and elaborate beyond “I like…” or “, (the work) is awesome”. Be descriptive and specific in response to both the formal and conceptual elements of the work(s).



89 Responses to History of Photography

  1. Dianna Turner says:


    This Pulitzer Prize winning photograph by Eddie Adams is said to be the most famous war photograph of all time. The man with the gun is General Nguyen Ngoc Loan, the Republic of Vietnam’s Chief of National Police, while the man about to die is Nguyen Van Lém, a Vietcong soldier. Story has it that the prisoner was found near a ditch filled with the bodies of 34 police officers and their relatives, including those of the General.

    The uproar created by this photograph opened an entire chapter in the world of photojournalism that a picture is worth a thousand words. The image soon became an anti-war icon, but Adams replied “I killed the general with my camera… What the photograph didn’t say was, ‘What would you do if you were the general at that time and place on that hot day, and you caught the so-called bad guy after he blew away one, two or three American soldiers?”

    This photograph won Eddie Adams a Pulitzer Prize in 1969.

  2. Dianna Turner says:

    A new favorite of mine on television, Davinci’s Demons, is very interesting! The series is about Leonardo da Vinci whose mind is going crazy with knowledge and everyone wants a piece of it. The political intrigue and performance surrounding da Vinci is breathtaking! His quest for knowledge is mixed up with truth and lies and those within the Catholic church. On a recent episode, Lorenzo Medici who is the last ruler of Florence Italy, had royalty visiting his home. All throughout his home, there are European statues of significant members of society. The Queen visiting was appalled that there was a statue of a man, for all to see, who was missing his genitals. This Queen was disgusted and stated that every statue in the home was to be covered up during the remainder of her visit.

    This took me back to my visit at the Met when I was walking through the Roman period gallery. Almost all of the statues were missing their genitals and I had no idea why. When the Medici’s questioned why the queen was disgusted about the statue, she stated that it was ungodly and the Catholic Church did not approve of such a thing. It is amazing that the Catholic Church found sexual parts “immodest” and objectionable on many works of art. Censorship by the Roman Catholic Church controlled most things from medieval times till present day, and who bought/owned/commissioned most art and artifacts, new and ancient. The Church saw the body as base and shameful, sex as something for procreation only, while the Greeks celebrated the human form as a thing of beauty.

  3. alexavalenti says:

    At the Philadelphia Art Museum a few months ago there was a graphic design exhibit from a husband and wife. Their names are Seymour Chwast and Paula Scher. This was the first time that their work has ever been showed together in an exhibit. The whole room was filled completely, floor to ceiling, with their colorful work. Chwast’s work was a bit more sillier than Schers. His also looked more handmade and drawn out than hers. I was interested in his work because of the silliness and unusualness of it. However Scher’s work was also fabulous. Her work really just popped out at you. She used a lot of bold patterns and color but not as much color as Chwast. His seemed to be more colorful when you looked at each picture. Overall both of their works were enjoyable to look at because each piece had a different message to convey.

  4. alexavalenti says:

    I have recently watched the movie Safe Haven. Safe Haven is based on a Nicholas Sparks book. The movie is about this girl named Katie who is running away from something dark in her past and goes to find a safe place to hide and start a new life. Once she finds a safe place she meets a guy named Alex and his two kids, Lexi and Josh. These people change everything for her and she ends up falling in love with him. However she is forced to confront her dark past and secret. Julianne Hough, who plays Katie, and Josh Duhamel, who plays Alex, portrayed their characters very well. They both, especially Hough, got deep into their characters and made it seem very real. I also believe that the actual filming of the movie was spectacular. The different angels they filmed it at fit each scene perfectly. The town they filmed it in was also gorgeous.

  5. Morgan Litzas says:

    Also at the Museum of Modern Art is an exhibit that is full of reconstructed rooms based on how rooms used to be set up in the Victorian Era. I think this is the most interesting thing in MOMA. It has at least 5 to 7 different types of set ups of living rooms in different cultures. I liked how t told you where the room was from with all the furniture and decorations that went along with that room and time period. One room was entirely blue velvet furniture that looked very royal and expensive while another was all red and oranges. This might have been my favorite exhibit after the “Panoramic View of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles”.

  6. Morgan Litzas says:

    While we were at the Museum of Modern Art, I walked through the Egyptian wing that they have there. I thought it was very cool and interesting. I liked all the hieroglyphics on the walls and all the artifacts they had in the cases. The hieroglyphics to me look like tiny little paintings that take a lot of time and effort. I also liked how there was a burial coffin in a room that you could look at and see how the Egyptians were buried. The coffin was huge and made of stone and looked very old. My favorite part of the Egyptian wing was the huge tomb with the water around it. It looked like the Egyptians came in and built it right there.

  7. Jaime Kisthardt says:

    I attended the senior thesis presentation at Arcadia University to see my sister’s exhibit. Many of the students had very attractive pieces, anything from making cookbooks, to paintings, to mosaics and clothing from recycled materials. The one exhibit that I thought was the most striking of all of them was a series of pieces by a student named Chelsea Foster. It was a series of large black posters with images of the beautiful mythical mermaid scenes with a border made of words or sayings. However, it was by far the most intricately made series on display. From a distance it just looks like really cool pictures of mermaids, but when you look closely, you realize the picture is completely cut out from the poster by hand. Each individual detail was carefully carved out of the paper to create these beautiful, elaborate scenes. It reminded me a carving a pumpkin. Depending on how detailed or difficult you make it, it is an extremely tedious process to cut out the individual pieces to make the picture. If you make even the slightest mistake, cut a piece too long, cut the outside instead of the inside, knick the edge of another cut out, the entire thing is ruined. It was all extremely small, elaborate details, which added to the magnitude of each piece. Just thinking about how much time each one of them took to create is unfathomable. Each piece was just as beautiful as the last. Overall, it was amazing the time and talent that went into each one. I really appreciate art better when I have an understanding of what it took to create, or looks easy to make. I have trouble connecting to art I don’t think looks difficult to create, and this series made me appreciate her raw talent.

    This is an image of my sister and the artist in front of one of her pieces. Its the only picture I could find, but you can see an example of her work in the background. http://s6.photobucket.com/user/hatchly758/story/71677

  8. Annie Schneider says:

    I watched Silver Linings Playbook and it was a really great movie! It stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence; both of them did so amazing in this movie. The movie was about a former teacher who is bipolar and wanted to reconcile with his wife after he got out of the mental institution. He starts to hang out with a girl named Tiffany who had lost her husband and was also crazy. They start dancing together, preparing for a competition and at the end of the movie he admits that he is in love with her. This movie was so intriguing because you did not know what was going to happen next with this romance because both of them are so unpredictable. It was very interesting to see how people react to someone who is struggling with a mental illness, including the family of the person. This has been one of the best movies I have seen in a while.

  9. Jessica Trout says:

    While at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for our class trip, I stumbled upon a painting which caught my attention in the American Art gallery. This painting, “Heart of the Andes” by Frederic Edwin Church, was created in 1859 with the use of oil painting on canvas. The canvas is quite large and, combined with the lighting which Church created in the image, drew me in. The painting shows a landscape scene from South America. Church’s precise brush strokes and realistic use of shadowing, lighting, and volume make the painting appear as if you could simply walk right into the scene. There is an overall feeling of peacefulness when standing before this work of art. I found the painting to be a beautiful interpretation of the scene and something that I would hang on my own wall in my home.

  10. Jessica Trout says:

    While on a field trip at the Pearlman building at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, I saw a painting titled “Saint Michael the Archangel” by an unknown artist of Cuzco, Peru in the 18th century. The painting was created using oil on canvas. This painting stood out to me among all of the others in the gallery as the large size of the canvas towered above so that you were looking up to Saint Michael in the image. The story told in the painting shows Saint Michael, known to be the protector of the Catholic church, crushing Satan beneath his feet. There are baby cherubs flying in the clouds above as well as demons below. The use of the gold stenciling along the clothes of Saint Michael makes the clothing look more realistic as if it is really a type of material instead of simply canvas. The use of the gold stenciling also adds to the rich appearance of the painting. It is clear that the people of this time valued religion and put much time and money into the creation of such pieces of art which would spread their Christian religion.

  11. Jessica Trout says:

    While at the Metropolitan Museum of art in New York, we saw the exhibition “After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age”. After glancing at the room as a whole, there didn’t seem to be any specific theme aside from the fact that each of the photos had been digitally manipulated in some way. One of the pieces that stood out was “110 Junction” by Matthew Porter. It was created in 2010 and is an inkjet photo print. The image shows a street scene in Los Angeles, sun shining down, with a car floating in the air. The image was meant to be reminiscent of television shows from the 60’s and 70’s, such as Dukes of Hazzard, which features famous cars. The photograph is pleasing to the eye as the colors of the sun shining down on the car and street below stand out. The photoshopped manipulation of the car inserted into the scene is so realistic that the image is almost believable. However, I wouldn’t consider this image to have been my favorite in the collection as it is somewhat simple and not entirely original as both science fiction movies and television shows feature flying cars quite often.

  12. Jessica Trout says:

    The “After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York also featured an image titled “The Valley”. This photograph, created by Kelli Connel in 2006, is a chromogenic print. The image shows two women embracing, one above the other horizontally. At a quick glance, it is almost unrecognizably manipulated. However, when taking a closer look, it is obvious that both of the women are the same model, digitally manipulated into the image twice. In this series, Connel aims to document an evolving relationship between these two women, which in the images are meant to represent two separate individuals. The image captured my attention as it evokes emotion and looks stunningly realistic. The lighting and composition of the photo draw in the viewer as it is overall a beautiful image. I found the idea and theme behind her work to be interesting as it stands out among all of the other photos in the gallery.

  13. Alexa Valenti says:

    Recently when we went down to the art show in Westby, a certain photograph captured my eye. It was the first photo straight ahead when you walked in. It is called Memorial Day on the Delaware, 2013 and it is by the artist Roderick Coover. The photograph shows the different uses of the Delaware river very well from people fishing, swimming, and just hanging out in the summer to boats going through for industrial use. It showed a wide variety of things which really captured my attention. The use of colors in this photograph are also amazing. The colors really pop and work well together. Looking at it makes me feel very warm and happy because of all the wonderful colors present. Overall Coover captured the river perfectly. This is a photograph I would hang in my house because of its beauty.

  14. Gabby Stender says:

    Another piece from the Rowan gallery that I found interesting was Ana Vizcarra Rankin’s Late Feast in June (2013). Rankin recreates on canvas the planets and Milky Way as they are seen from the Southern Hemisphere at dawn during June. Rankin has previously created other star chart paintings along with maps of the continents as well. This large scale painting envelops the viewer making them feel as if they are looking up at a constellation. However this is not a typical star chart consisting of clean lines and a dark background. The painting is comprised of a rustic color pallet which gives the piece almost primitive qualities. When I saw this painting it reminded me of “cave paintings”. I also admire the harsh brushstrokes that the artist uses; it almost seems as if she was in a rush to finish the painting. Although without reading the painting description, I would have simply assumed it was an abstract expressionist piece and not a star chart.

  15. Gabby Stender says:

    Suspended Signifiers (2013) by Mark Price is a collection of collaged screen-prints. These photos are superimposed moments embedded and layered on top of one another. Price wanted to replicate how one’s mind perceives multiple streams of data and information. These collages are broken up into five different sized and shaped parallelograms. The prints have a variety of color throughout including red, yellow, blue, white, black, and gray. This piece reminds me of a kind of graphic pop art piece; it has a very urban feel to it. When looking at the two larger sections scattered gray areas in a way resemble foliage; I really admire this visual contradiction.

  16. Gabby Stender says:

    Another piece that I find very interesting is Aleksandra Ignasiak and Andrzej Sieczkowski’s un-grey the city (2011-2013). Their work was created by pouring paint onto pavement and streets and using that as the canvas. It was an action performance piece since it was filmed and photographed. These photographs were enlarged and printed on wallpaper; I find it very unusual that this was the material that chosen. I really like how the bright splashes of color in un-grey the city contrast against the harsh environment. I also really love how they state, “ugliness may become beautiful and inspiring for a painter. I am a painter… a pedestrian painter.” This quote really explains how something amazing can evolve from the unintend

  17. Gabby Stender says:

    While in the Rowan art gallery I was able to view Michelle Marcuse’s Know Way Out (2011). Composed of pen, ink, paper, and plexiglass her work expresses the dreamlike qualities of her subconscious. She states that she is, “profoundly inspired by the artistic tradition of alchemy, medieval woodcuts, engravings, Indian Miniatures and Hieronymous Bosch.” These concepts can be seen based on the flowing black, gray, and white patterns throughout the piece. There is no clear subject or central focal point so the viewer must study the piece in its entirety; this makes the piece open to varied interpretation. Know Way Out clearly exemplifies characteristics of an abstract work, this is the reason I was first drawn to it. I admire paintings and drawings that have no hard or angular lines, which this piece obviously does not have. It also as the artist says has a dreamlike quality about it. Works that have no clear meaning I find to be the most interesting because they are constantly being questioned.

  18. Amanda DeLash says:

    Miss Aniela’s photographs are without a doubt something to be admired. My favorite photo of hers is one titled “Migration Season” from her Surreal Fashion series. The photo amazes me with every view because every time I look at it, I notice something different. The walls in the photograph are painted blue with different types of birds all over it. The model in the photo is wearing a white and blue dress with birds on it as well. What is interesting is that some of the birds on the wall seem to actually be there in the room with her. Others go from looking like they are painted on the wall to looking like they are there in the room to looking like they are a design on her dress. There is one bird that looks like it is in the room with her and is bending his head down behind her. When you look at her dress, you see his neck and head where it would have disappeared behind her. There is another bird that appears to be standing behind the open door with the front half of his body sticking out and his head appears to be painted onto the wall. Upon further inspection, I realized that the leg of the model and the leg of the bird are joined together, with the top half of her leg appearing to be bird and her foot appearing to be human. The way the model has her head, neck, and body angled reminds of a bird as well. The photograph is beautiful and elegant but yet so different and strange. However, the oddities contribute to the beauty and surrealism of the picture.

  19. Amanda DeLash says:

    When paging through photographs, I find those of Nikki Lee to be some of the most interesting. Her series of pictures titled “Projects” is perhaps one of the most interesting for me to see as she portrays herself throughout various cultures. The series really sticks out to me because every group she is with is so different, from so called red necks and gangsters to old ladies and skaters. It fascinates me how she completely immerses herself in the culture and how she picks up the mannerisms and appears like she really belongs there. Part of me wonders if the people she was with knew she was just a photographer trying to work on her art or if they really thought she was “one of them.” One of my favorites of these pictures is when she is posing with two other women. It appears that the three of them are all old ladies. As a viewer, we know this is not the case and that she is in fact a lot younger than the other two. The way she is standing and holding herself as well as the look on her face all give her the appearance that she is older and belongs in that group. Her clothes, her hair, and her glasses also contribute to the sense of realness. The other picture from this group that awes me is one of her in with a group of hip-hop people. There are four other people in the photograph and it looks like they are in the back seat of the car with Nikki on the floor, kneeling between a guys legs. They all have a look on their face like they are careless. Both of the girls are holding their sunglasses as to look out for the picture and the guys are all looking at the camera. Her clothes mimic a hip-hop style and she has a hat that further contributes to the look. Her look reminds me of what hip hop artist Nikki Minaj looks like. Both of these photographs, as well as the others in the series, are completely believable and that is what is so interesting about them.

  20. Kristine Freiberger says:

    A memorable piece of art at the Met was a photograph by William Eggleston, Untitled. It is a picture of a car parked in a corner facing a brick wall. The lines of the brick as they go from close to far away creates a lengthening effect, like the wall is longer than it is. The lines of the brick in the photograph are the main aspect as if the artist was using a perspective of focusing on the design of the picture. Not only the lines but the entire upper half of the photo is the color red because the brick wall is the dominating pattern of the top half with only the bottom cement of the wall, the car, the bushes and the ground as contrast. The overall design of the photograph is all about straight lines except for the car which off sets the linear design with curved and circular shapes drawing a person’s eye straight to that point of the picture.

  21. Matt Froonjian says:

    The movie 42 tells the true story of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play Major League Baseball. The film does a great job depicting the characters as they actually were. It also does a great job telling the story of the racism and hate Robinson endured. 42 is a great baseball film and a must-see for baseball fans and people interested in the Civil Rights Movement.
    When Jackie Robinson broke into the majors, he had to endure the hatred and racism wherever he went. The movie does a great job portraying this. Chadwick Boseman plays Jackie Robinson, and does and incredible job portraying a fierce man who has to control his temper despite all the hate and racism directed towards him. It shows mobs threatening Robinson in Spring Training, a young boy in Cincinnati screaming obscenities at him, and Phillies manager Ben Chapman (Alan Dudyk) torturing Robinson every time he comes to the plate. John C. McGinley does a great job portraying Red Barber, the southern-raised broadcaster of the Dodgers who showed disgust for Robinson when he began playing but slowly began to accept Robinson. The star of the film is Harrison Ford, who played Dodgers owner Branch Rickey. Ford was able to play the part of the gentile but stern Rickey, who was polite to all of his players but made it clear that if they had a problem with Robinson they were going to be traded.
    42 is the latest great baseball movie. It does a great job capturing the racism and hatred of the 1940s. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in baseball and in the Civil Rights Movement.

  22. Matt Froonjian says:

    The Harry Kalas Memorial Statue is a statue at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. It is dedicated to Harry Kalas, the former broadcaster of the Philadelphia Phillies. After Kalas died, a Facebook petition to add a sculpture of Kalas lead to a fan-funded statue of him. In the two years since its unveiling, it has become a major attraction and one of the most well-known pieces of art amongst people in the Delaware Valley.
    The Harry Kalas Memorial Statue is made of bronze and stands at 7 ½ feet. Kalas is depicted smiling with his legs crossed and his left hand in his pocket, supporting most of his weight on a baseball bat. Kalas is wearing his signature sports coat and shoes. Interestingly, his tie is tucked behind a vest underneath his sports coat, which was not typical of Kalas when he was alive. The statue has three props on his right hand, a microphone, a reference to him being a broadcaster, a 2008 World Series Championship ring, a reference to the Phillies’ 2008 World Series championship, and a bat, which is signed by his longtime broadcaster partner and friend Richie Ashburn.
    The Harry Kalas Memorial Statue has become one of the most important pieces of art in Philadelphia. It has become a major attraction at Citizens Bank Park. The statue has many tributes to Kalas’ personality, from his clothes the bat, ring, and microphone in his hand. This sculpture stands out due to its uniqueness compared to the other statues at Citizens Bank Park. This sculpture has become a hit among Phillies fans all over the Delaware Valley.

  23. Matt Froonjian says:

    Django Unchained is an awful movie about a former slave turned bounty hunter. Half of the movie is pointless time fillers that add nothing to the plot. The end of the movie turns into a bloodfest at a slave owner’s home with plenty of pointless killings. I wound not recommend it to anyone.
    Django Unchained is a lousy comedy about Django, a former slave who sets out to find his wife. He meets a Bounty Hunter, Dr. King Schultz, and together they set out to find Django’s wife. The first half of the movie adds nothing to the plot. It is just several, unrelated bounty hunts. The movie somewhat picks up when they travel to “Candyland,” a plantation owned by Calvin Candy, who’s top slave Stephen hates his own race, complaining about the free “niggers” in Candy’s house. After eventually re-uniting with his wife, Schultz kills Candy, and a violet bloodbath erupts in which Schultz and almost everyone in Candyland dies. Apart from the hours wasted in the plot, the attempt at comedy doesn’t quite work.
    Although there are a few funny scenes, the overall tone of the movie is too serious for a comedy. The brutal treatment of slaves, which includes putting them in “nigger fights,” where two black men fight to the death, takes away from the comic tone. The 80s graphics make the movie look sloppy instead of funny. Django Unchained fails miserably in its attempt at a Western Comedy.
    Django Unchained is a very poorly done film. It spends half of the movie with pointless subplots. It overdoes the cheap graphics in an attempt to look funny. It would be a waste of money to buy the DVD to this movie.

  24. Matt Froonjian says:

    Zero Dark Thirty is a movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. It does a great job telling the story of the hunt to find him and the raid on his compound. Director Kathryn Bigelow adds a very artistic flair to the movie, which mostly works. It is a great movie for anyone who has lived the past 12 years as an American.
    The movie is very artistically done. It begins with a black screen with the words September 11, 2001 across it. In the background you can hear the sounds of the attack, the radio and TV broadcasts, and people screaming. However, it does not show any footage from the attack. Most of the movie centers around a CIA officer named Maya, who works at an embassy in Pakistan. Maya and her fellow officer Dan oversee the interrogation of prisoners, often using torture on them. After several interrogations, Maya is convinced the key is a man named Abu Ahmed, although her fellow officers believe he is dead. Eventually, Maya discovers that the CIA photographs that they were looking at here Abu’s brother, and that Abu Ahmed is still alive. Using this intelligence, they follow Ahmed until they find bin Laden in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The rest of the movie is dedicated to showing the raid that killed bin Laden. The raid has no background soundtrack and very little talking between the Navy Seals, adding to the suspenseful tone of the raid.
    Zero Dark Thirty is a great action film about the manhunt for bin Laden. We all remember the raid when it happened, and Zero Dark Thirty allows us to see the raid through the eyes of the people involved and to relive the night bin Laden was killed. I would recommend it to anyone who lived through 9/11 and the death of bin Laden.

  25. Julian Rios says:

    Harry Pekar
    American Splendor (2003)

    This work is a documentary about the life of an average guy named Harvey Pekar. At first when I heard about the movie in class I thought I was going to be forced to watch another film I won’t enjoy. This movie had an opposite effect and I was amused by it. The movie was an experimental film on the life of a man named Harvey Pekar, he was just an average guy working a dead end job. But, the thing that set him apart from everyone else was his creativity to take parts of his life and write those parts into a comic book called American Splendor. The film had a unique narrative structure that most films don’t have which appealed to the “down to earth” type mentality. This type of film isn’t meant for you to escape the realities of our own lives but rather see them for what they are. This film was unique in the tapestry cartoonish effects incorporated into the film that were defining of the character and his comic book fame. Throughout the film you get to know the Harvey and the pessimistic person he is but he grows on you. The thing I found interesting was the various ways graphic artists depicted Harvey some glamorized him and others that knew him on a more personal level created him for the kind of person he was. I feel that Pekar’s intention when creating the comic books was to appeal to the average person and the things that we are thinking but just don’t say. I felt that he was a creative writer in that sense in which he was uncensored and wrote what he wanted without worrying about the consequences.

  26. Julian Rios says:

    Noah Gibbs
    Starry Night at the Arcade, (2012)

    Everyone is familiar with the image “Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh. Now think of post impressionist art and mash it up with a bit of retro gaming creating “ Starry Night at the Arcade”. That’s what artist Noah Gibbs did creating this extraordinary piece. This piece is a combination of photo manipulation and digital art done seamlessly. The colors are animated and skillfully incorporate various aspects of the classic game. Gibbs does this with photo manipulation substituting stars for power-ups and adding enemies as well the main character himself Pac-Man in Van Gogh’s world. He skillfully incorporated the game without removing parts of the original image merely substituted aspects. Upon viewing the photo you notice the vibrancy of the colors that bring to life the classic arcade game. Many may frown upon the mixing of a modern classic game with Van Gogh’s masterpiece but I feel it was tastefully done. The artist’s expression was to put a creative and amusing twist on a masterpiece with some of his own personality. I believe the intention of the artist was to create a fun whimsical image for everyone to enjoy and chuckle at. As a gamer growing up playing this classic arcade game and maturing to view the beauty in “Starry Night” I feel this image is a wonderfully well-done piece of eye candy.

  27. Samantha Beckett says:

    This past weekend I had the chance to go see one of my favorite bands, Halestorm, live. The concert was at the Electric factory in Philadelphia and they played with Stars for Stereo, Young Guns, and Bullet for my Valentine. The setting was very small, but you could immediately feel the energy whenever a band came on. I knew that Halestorm would be great because one of my friends have already seen them and loved them. I personally hate, as I think most people do, when you pay a decent amount of money and the band is terrible, but they had me from the second they were one the stage to the moment they left. Between the drum and guitar solos combined with the power in Lzzy Hale’s amazing voice, I could have stood there for two more hours listening to them perform. I was extremely happy that they played some of my favorite songs, like “I like the Misery”, “Familiar taste of Poison”, “Here’s to us”, “Love Bites (and so do I), and “I Get off”. I was hoping that they would perform their version of Heart’s “All I want to do is make love to you” because it is an amazing rendition, but nothing is like the original though☺. The other bands were amazing as well, but I personally came to see Halestorm. There is nothing like seeing a band perform live and feeling the energy from everybody around you and the band on stage. I have been to a handful of concerts and I have to say this was by far the best because of the bands and I got to see one of my favorite bands perform some of my favorite songs. Great way to end my freshmen year!

  28. Samantha Beckett says:

    On this past week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, Stephen and Damon try to make Elena turn her humanity back on. Mainly by torturing her to feel again. Elena has lost everything: her parents, her aunt, and her brother. She has nothing to come back too and she knows that Stephen and Damon would never do anything to really harm her. They finally turn to the last person anybody would expect, Katherine, Elena’s Doppler Ganger. She feels no sympathy towards Elena and it bring her an extreme amount of joy to see Elena die, but instead of doing it herself, she frees Elena because she thinks she wont survive on her own. Stephen and Damon end up finding her, but Damon has had enough of these games. He threatens to kill Matt, a longtime friend of Elena’s and the only human left in the series. She thinks he is bluffing, but he snaps his neck to prove his point. She finally breaks and all the emotions come rolling back. Luckily, Damon has thought ahead and had Matt wear the revival ring. While this is all happening, Bonnie, the witch in the series, is hiding from Silas. She is trying to figure out a way to drop the veil to the other side before the full moon, but she needs the help from Katherine because she has the key piece, Silas’ headstone. Silas does not like the idea of Bonnie working without him, so he threatens Caroline, one of Bonnie’s friends. He masks himself as other people to get inside her head and mess with her mind. Silas and Bonnie end up meeting and he warns Bonnie never to cross him. This episode was a little calmer then the previous episodes, but still had that great edge that made you want to continue watching. This show was a perfect set up for next week, because everything is finally falling into place for the vampires of Mystic falls. I love that every week a particularly emotion is struck. For example this week, Caroline’s mother almost dies and just the raw emotion of whole scene is overwhelming when Caroline is sitting beside her crying and telling her that she has to she her graduate and leave this town to find a better life. I always find myself crying at least one time during an episode, which is ridiculous, but I can not help myself. This is personally one of my favorite shows because there are so many twist and turns that make the show keeps getting better and better. Fortunately, there is going to be a spin-off starting in September about the original vampires. Hopefully the drama is just as good and the storylines keep evolving, but Vampire Diaries never disappoints in my opinion.

  29. amelianj says:

    In a long-awaited, long-dwelled-upon Metropolitan Museum of Art post, I must refer to the notes I took on that brilliantly sunny day. It easily tops my list of best school trips ever, given the quite good Austrian wine I had with my overpriced brunch salad.
    Tintypes and ambrotypes don’t look nearly as stark in reproductions as they do in real life – the army camp-like atmosphere created by the Met’s Photography and the Civil War exhibit reminds the viewer of the expeditionary circumstances under which the first conflict photographers labored. Not that modern documentarians have the easiest of surroundings either, but the combination of early technology and squalid conditions of 19th century warfare truly made information-gathering a hazardous task. Not to mention there was a war going on!
    The added color struck me as very odd on most of the photographs which had it. Rosy cheeks seemed to be a popular addition – nearly all color-added photos added color here, and many of them only colored the cheeks. What should have been a singularly solemn photo, as a result of after-coloring, looks almost clownish to the modern eye. This unfortunate feature belies the seriousness of the sitter’s situation, and contrasts the beauty of the photo-keepsake’s presentation. Many images were presented in silver or gold frames lined with red velvet: a luxury, and a comfort item to the soldier’s family.
    The exhibit itself used canvas drapes, possibly to invoke the photo wagon used by Mathew Brady and his team. The light walls, simple frames, and austere atmosphere conveyed the hardship of the times. Though other patrons irked by the winding corridor and subsequently doubled back without seeing everything or got lost entirely, this seems to be common for museum galleries. Don’t let this quality take away from the overall experience.

  30. amelianj says:

    Last week I took a stroll through the student gallery space, which at the time was full of undergrads’ graphic design work. Given the nature of my real-world work, I couldn’t help but spell-check everything in the room and eyeball line spacing, letter spacing, gutters and margins, and count the number of fonts per document.
    But before I dwell on errors, I was generally pleased with the quality, originality, and variety of the work. Most displayed a high level of professionalism and polish which would fit well into any visual campaign. Many of the elements I personally do not care for – a predominance of sans serif fonts, for example, are individual taste or what is presently fashionable in graphic design.
    A few artists, however, should take some more care in their design, presentation, and/or editing process. The “Keep Calm and Carry On” layout is rather tired, yes? And a certain layout would have benefited from a second or third pair of eyes before its final printing, as blocks of text were obviously copied and pasted and moved and overwritten. How could I tell this? Because two identical callouts used to point at two pictures on opposite ends of the poster. Oops!
    All in all, Rowan’s graphic design majors appear ready to enter the real-world creative arts forums – even if some of them could use another editor. And if own experience is any example, they should all be prepared to create the same item a dozen different ways and have them all rejected, only to have the very first version accepted by the time they’re at their wits’ end. 🙂

  31. Harrison Raby says:

    Just last year, I have fallen completely in love and have developed a slight obsession with the television show, Breaking Bad. The show is about an extremely overqualified high school chemistry teacher and finds out he is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and doesn’t have very much longer to live. To get money for his family for after he is gone he teams up with one of his old students and starts cooking methamphetamine because he can come up with such a good formula. This show is one of the best things I have ever seen especially when it comes to character development. The teachers name is Walter White and he starts off as a very innocent, hard-working family man who hasn’t done much wrong in his life. The ex-student’s name is Jesse Pinkman and he starts off as a no-good drug addict/drug dealer. As the show goes on you see both of their roles start to change and that was the writer’s intention stating before the show aired, “I want the main actor to go from Mr. Chips to Scarface.” The show sweeps up at the Emmy awards year in and out. The acting from Bryan Cranston (plays Walter White) and Aaron Paul (plays Jesse Pinkman) are as good if not better than any acting I’ve seen in any movie or TV Show. The cinematography is flawless with camera angles that not many people would think of for the times that they’re used. The writing is amazing considering the fact that Gilligan writes an entire episode just a week before filming for it starts. The sound editing is also so on point that it’s a big factor in what keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire series. This show is amazing for anyone who likes a good thrilling experience and I recommend it to anyone who has the patience to watch an entire series.
    The next and final season airs August 11.

    This scene shows how good the cinematography, sound editing, and acting are in this show. (SPOILERS!!!) ^^^

  32. Julian Rios says:

    Jessica Padilla

    The connection between humans and animals was expressed creatively in this BFA exhibit. Jessica Padilla did a wonderful job representing the bond between herself and the rooster. An image of a rooster within a human heart expressed the personal closeness to this animal. To allow something into one’s heart is an emotional process that involves both joy, vulnerability, and a flow of other powerful emotions. I believe the artist’s intention was to show the importance of sharing vulnerability to gain a sense of enlightened knowledge of nature and a well-rounded understanding of herself as a human being. The size of the heart encompassed most of the area available allowing the viewer to focus on the details of the image from the features of the rooster to the veins of the heart. The cool toned vibrancy of the colors defined the features of the rooster and heart bringing life to the image. I feel that the artist’s ideology is that animals and humans are one in the same. Through her connection she was able to express this ideology in her painting. Jessica was able to find her identity and connect becoming in sync with her inner animus. I deduced this conclusion upon viewing the connections of veins that wrapped around the rooster almost as if both were combining to become one.

  33. Harrison Raby says:

    Just this past weekend a few of my friends and I ventured all the way to Penn State to see a concert that had one of my favorite bands Brand New and also Big Boi from Outkast, and MGMT. The ride out was very scenic and beautiful and mountainous. Once we got there we headed right over to where the show would be taking place because we were running a little late. Almost the second we got there Brand New came on the stage and opened up with one of my favorite songs by them, Sowing Season. The lead singer Jesse Lacey, as I stated in one of my previous posts, is clinically depressed and music is his therapy. He has stated many times before that his live performances are his release from his depression. Because it was daytime, they didn’t get the use of cool effects with stage lights and videos on the big screen in the background. Brand New closed with the song You Won’t Know which was one of the more epic things I have seen to date. Jesse Lacey closed the song by crouching down screaming at the top of his lungs and almost crying out the words “YOU WON’T KNOW!!!” it was a tragic yet beautiful sight. He then realized he was still on stage while his band mates were breaking all of their instruments and he stood up gave a quick wave and just walked off stage without another word.
    Next was Big Boi and his performance was mediocre at best. In his defense its hard to follow up a performance like Brand New’s and it’s also difficult to put on a rap show. However, his stage presence and lyrics got the crowd going and in the end was pretty good in my opinion. Then MGMT came on and they were absolutely amazing. I thought they were an all electric band that didn’t use any instruments but I was immediately mistaken. They put on a wonderful show. Their use of instrumentation was fantastic and the singers voice was high pitched and very well toned. In my opinion it was one of the better shows I had ever attended.

  34. Julian Rios says:

    Jefferson D. Chalfant
    Violin and Bow (1889)

    This piece by Jefferson D. Chaffant is remarkable. The quality of the painting brings forth a “real world” representation of an actual violin. The seamlessly colored background flows with the wall of the museum. This helps to create an illusion that deceits the eyes into believing the instrument is right in front of you. The deception of the eyes is what I believe the artist intentions were which he has mastered in this painting. “Violin and Bow” the title of the piece was made to be recognized by all during his era. The violin at that time was a popular instrument and this may have been a focal point on why he chooses this instrument to reach to a grand scale audience. In researching this artist further I found that he was most notable for his still lifes these referred to “fooling the eyes” as mentioned earlier. The centered image focuses the eyes on the instrument, which after looking at directly for a few minutes made me believe I could reach out and grab the violin. This was one of my favorite pieces at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and I was just another viewer Chalfant skillfully fooled.

  35. Harrison Raby says:

    I have been a very big fan of the band Brand New since early in middle school. The one album that they have that sticks out more than the others to me is the album The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. Jesse Lacey (the lead guitarist, lead vocalist, and songwriter) has been diagnosed with clinical depression, he says, because of a girl that he was completely in love with and he found out she was cheating on him for a little over a year. I personally believe that this depression made for one of the greatest written albums of all time. Lyrically, it is flawless, with those lyrics sounding very poetic and deep. Vocally, Lacey doesn’t necessarily have the best voice, but he makes it work when he spews out all of his emotion on a record and you can hear that when he just yells. Also with the vocals, the backup vocalist/rhythm guitarist, Vince Accardi, has a voice that compliments Lacey’s voice very well. Instrumentally, the guitarists use great riffs especially in the songs You Won’t Know, Jesus Christ, and Millstone and are very big on the acoustics in songs such as: Handcuffs, Luca, and Limousine. The bassist (Garret Tierney) and the drummer (Brian Lane) do a very good job keeping the rhythm to Lacey’s music because the way Lacey writes his songs, they often go from very slow and light to very heavy and sometimes fast and that can be a hard transition on those instruments. In all, I personally feel that this album is one of the better rock albums I’ve ever heard. It goes very deep into someone’s emotions and way they feel with some kick-ass music behind it.

    Here’s my favorite song off the album ^^

  36. Harrison Raby says:


    I have recently watched the movie Fat Kid Rules the World. This film caught my eye because it seemed interesting and fun, yet slightly dark. It starts off with this obese kid who has a daydream of hopping in front of a bus to kill him. When he decides that it’s a good idea he attempts it, but is saved by some grungy dirty looking kid. These two kids become good friends and decide to start a punk band. The fat kid’s name is Troy and is played Jacob Wysoki. The punk-grunge kid’s name in the movie is Marcus and is played by Matt O’Leary. O’Leary puts on an exceptionally raw, mesmerizing, and tragic performance in this film. He really came to embrace the role of playing a tragic punk-rocker. Wysoki also put on a brilliant performance with the way he expresses the character’s “I’m invisible and depressed” persona. The two characters have such conflicting personalities, but they become friends. The theme behind this movie is that music is accepting of anyone. Troy at one point in the film gets a drum set and makes that the only thing outside of school that he works for and cares about when before he was one of those kids who just sat on his computer all night playing online video games. This film ties the music and acceptance of people together very well and very vividly and becomes sort of an inspiration because it says that anyone can become accepted, they just have to find the right people.

  37. Amanda DeLash says:

    Of all the photographers we looked at throughout the semester, the photos that stick out the most to me are those of Helmut Newton. It is not because I enjoy them that they stick out, but instead because of the sheer uniqueness and strangeness of the finished product. As I paged through one of the books passed around in class I had to keep turning back to re-examine many of the images. He used a vast amount of nudity in his photographs with the women always appearing so confident and in such strong stances. The other thing I found interesting was that he often photographed outside of the studio, which is different then a lot of the photographers we had previously seen. One particular image of Newton’s that I found interesting was a fashion photograph of a model running down a barren road with an airplane following closely behind her and her mouth hung wide open. It is a black and white photograph and there is nothing else distinguishable around other then the girl and the airplane, which are the center of image. The plane is running closely behind her and she looks as though she is running from it. It is interesting because the road she is running down could almost be her runway and her feet appear to not even be touching the ground. The plane in the air behind her sort of highlights this feature as neither of the two are on the ground.

  38. Brigid Carmody says:

    Another image that struck my eye while in class was the Jeanloup Sieff’s photograph called “Chic is.” Another black and white photograph, Sieff captures a moment of playfulness, flirting, and the limelight of glamour during the 1960s. The up-close photograph portrays a male and a female’s upper bodies. The pair are gazing at each other while the male is lighting the female’s cigarette with his own cigarette. Both are magnificently dressed: the man is wearing a high-fashioned suit while the female is wearing a high-fashioned dress with an attached silk hood. The viewer can only see the male’s profile; however, one is able to distinguish his emotions from his facial expression. He is wearing a sly smile and seems to be playfully intrigued. The female’s facial expression, on the other hand, seems to be uncertain of the male’s behavior yet at the same time, due to the close proximity to the male, she seems to desire the male. Both of their appearances appear flawless and they are without a doubt very fortunate and wealthy to be in their positions. Sieff successfully captures the glamour of Hollywood as he captures a moment of high-fashioned behavior between two beautiful individuals. It captures the fashion of the times and silky black and white features add to the richness of the pair’s appearance and actions.

  39. Kristine Freiberger says:

    Another really interesting exhibit at the Met was the After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age. A particular artist, Nancy Davenport, had an interesting style of adding danger and terrorism in normal scenes, mainly involving architecture. Her photo Bombardment displayed a scene involving a large building with a dark explosion cloud right behind it, deeply contrasting against the light color of the sky and the building. The cloud is in the exact area where you would expect the sun to be instead of this terrorizing blast. And what is interesting is that it is a completely believable contrived photo. Looking at this anyone could believe that something happened to that building since it is a very real possibility. Another of her pictures, titled Sniper, shows a photo of a man holding a sniper rifle on the top of a building. Sadly, this is an image that many people could believe is all too true. We have seen assassinations, in real life and on tv. It’s become a real possibility. This is why her contrived photography is so well received, because in 2001 when she created these images, 9-11 was still a recent memory. People were scared and Davenport took the fears that were inside everyone’s mind and put them in print. Her images show the fear that not only strikes the United States, but strikes the rest of the world as well and places it in a tangible image.

  40. Lyle Zanca says:

    Chien-Chi Chang
    TAIWAN. Fengtian Temple in Hsinkang. 1996.

    I stumbled across this image when browsing through the photographers of Magnum Photo’s website. Many of Chien-Chi Chang’s images were very intriguing but this one stood out to me as exceptional. The image depicts a crowd of people, all of whom are wearing large dragon-esque masks with large eyes and teeth. It is a street scene that has subtle hints of being a festival and the masks extend on for what seems forever. I like this image because it takes the bizarre and makes it seem almost mundane. The image gives me a sense that, although I find the situation strange at first, nothing is out of the ordinary. The image itself is completely bizarre, but it is obviously a cultural tradition. It is interesting that the people in the image are simply cooperating in a festival of celebration but at the same time the image created from this scene is completely strange to anyone who is not participating. Although I understand that nothing strange is really happening, it still gives me that feeling. The use of black and white for the image helps add to the overall repetition. The repetition is a strong factor in this image, and this might be an image that some of the photographers we discussed might use duplication to emphasize the feeling gotten here. This image is able to capture that repetitive feeling without the use of manipulation, which speaks to the skill of the photographer in my eyes. Change did a fantastic job creating an image that is removed from the scene in one sense, but brings you there in another.

  41. Kristine Freiberger says:

    At the Met we came across the exhibition of Photography and the American Civil War which had mostly straight shot photography of kids, people, and then those that were injured in the war. Seeing the small pictures in their nice frames made it seem much more real that these were once precious mementos. Most of the people in those pictures are unknown and hold no real significance to us which is a weird concept to think about. All of us were there looking at these photos of people that are probably no longer alive and that were of no importance to us, just the faces of people who lived at this time. It does not tell us their personalities, what they liked, who they loved, nothing; just a record of their existence in history. That was just a strange concept that went through my head when walking through this exhibition. Not only were there the nicely framed photos but there frames filled with many photos of injured soldiers, sort of like a catalog of those injured. Some had red arrows drawn on them by a photographer to show the path that the bullet or object would have taken when going through the persons body. It was an interesting but surreal exhibit. It felt strange, like stepping back in time but it was very interesting and very historic.

  42. Lyle Zanca says:

    Ansel Adams
    Pine Forest and Snow, Yosemite Valley.

    Over the past year I have been studying the processes of film photography. During this period I began reading the Ansel Adams series of photography books. In one such book, “The Camera,” a particular image caught my attention and became a favorite of mine. “Pine Forest and Snow, Yosemite Valley” depicts exactly what the name implies. It is a low angle shot of a dense forest of trees that are all covered in a newly fallen snow. The photo stood out to me in part because of the repetition that seems to exist in such a natural scene. Although the image is entirely real and every branch of every tree is indeed different, it gives you a sense of a fabricated pattern. When looking at the picture for long enough I begin to eliminate any contextually meaning by the photograph and begin to only perceive the blacks and whites as they stagger each other between the underside of the branches and the top of the branches. This is the type of image that is only made better by the use of black and white. There may not be all that much color in the scene, but creating the image using black and white exemplifies the qualities the scene possessed. Although the image is simple I find it to be complex when viewing it. I think this image is a great example of what we discussed as “straight” photography. This is one of my favorite of Ansel Adams’ images because it doesn’t rely so much on astounding beauty as it does on simple beauty.

  43. Annie Schneider says:

    On Sunday I saw a rock concert at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA. The concert was part of the 2013 HardDrive Live Tour where Bullet For My Valentine, Halestorm, Young Guns, and Stars in Stereo played. The show was outside and there were hundreds of people there. Stars in Stereo played first and they aren’t as well-known as the other three bands. They are a female-fronted band and were pretty good for being the opener. They didn’t use many effects; they just came out, played their set, and that was it. Young Guns played next and they are from London, England. Once they came out, the crowd got a little bigger and people started getting closer to the stage. They used some of the lights in the background, but there was nothing really special about it. Next, Halestorm played and the crowd started to show more energy. This is when a lot more people came in and there began to be almost no space to move around. While they were playing, people started to sing along and some started a mosh pit. They used more effects like the lights and some smoke. Bullet For My Valentine was the headliner, so they played last. When they came out on stage, the crowd went crazy. The entire time they played the energy was incredible. More mosh pits opened up and there was a lot of crowd surfing. Everyone was jumping up and down and singing along. They used the most effects out of all the bands and had a huge banner of their new album cover behind them on stage. After they went off stage the crowd started chanting “Bullet! Bullet!” so they came back and did an encore of three songs because every time they finished a song the crowd would scream that they wanted more. This concert is the best one I have ever been to. The energy of the crowd was crazy and it was a lot of fun.

  44. Lyle Zanca says:

    Jerry Uelsmann
    Untitled (Rowboard, Ocean and Clouds in cupped hands), 1996

    Jerry Uelsmann is the master of photo-manipulations. I stumbled across Jerry’s work while watching photography tutorials on Lynda.com. A documentary entitled “This is Not Photography” is about the work of Jerry, who uses strictly film, and his wife who uses strictly digital. They both create surreal images that challenge our idea of what reality is. This image is composed of an ocean scene that shows a moored boat underneath a beautiful sky of clouds. This image is superimposed onto an image of cupped hands. This creates the illusion that the hands are holding this scene and allows us to interpret what that means. The image was created using multiple film based images that were fused together using old=school darkroom techniques. This is a great example of how photography can be used to create unconventional images. Jerry doesn’t use his camera as a device to capture the here-and=now, but instead as a tool to create the images he sees in his head. I interpret this image as an exemplification of the feeling that some scenes or memories are so beautiful that we wish we could hold them in our hands and admire them. Jerry’s images allow us to interpret them in a variety of ways, which is one thing that makes them so sensational. I admire Jerry’s ability to create such incredible images using his bare hands instead of photoshop. It is a breath of fresh air in a world cluttered with over manipulated nonsense.

  45. Lyle Zanca says:

    Hiroshi Sugimoto
    Tri City Drive-In, 1993

    This piece is a part of Sugimoto’s Theaters series. I have always been very fond of Sugimoto’s work but this series has always stood out to me. The images have a very haunting nature about them. This particular piece is of a drive-in movie theater. In the center of the image is a large movie screen that is completely white. Around the screen are a playground below and the sky above. In the sky you can see star trails that indicate this image was made using a very long exposure. Sugimoto created this image by calculating the how to expose the image so that proper exposure would take the entire length of a movie. What aspect of this image that I find particularly enjoyable is that it is not attempting to make any comment on society or anything like that. This image shows the technical side of photography, and a concept in the photographers mind. Sugimoto created this series based on a thought he had in his mind. According to Sugimoto, he wondered, “what would happened if I did this” and then he set out to do it. I enjoy that exploratory nature of photography. Utilizing the camera and all of its functions to create images we would not think of as conventional. The camera is an amazing tool and by manipulating its functions we can create almost any image we want. That is what I find so appealing about photography and subsequently why I find this image so fascinating.

  46. Brigid Carmody says:

    As photography books have been passed around in class, I have scanned through them to analyze and study the material at hand, while also looking for any particular photograph or image that had struck my eye. One image that has been imbedded into my memory was Henri Cartier Bresson’s photograph called “Romania 1975.” This black and white photograph consists of a woman lying on a man on what seems to be a train. The man is holding the woman while he sleeps and both persons look exhaustedly comfortable. There is a sense of raw, pure love between the couple portrayed in the photograph. Their body language and facial expressions portray a sense of extreme comfort, closeness, and understanding, which is also enhanced by the black and white features, lighting, and setting. It also displays a sense of grittiness to everyday life since the two figures are not smiling; rather, they seem to be exhausted and stressed as if they had just been mentally and physically worn out. Bresson was known for capturing images of everyday life as he helped create the emergence of modernism and explored his talents in photojournalism, and “Romania 1975” exemplifies modernism at its finest. Not only does it display the effects of industrialization as the image takes place on a train, but it also seems to be a fleeting image of pure love, a rare scene in everyday life; thus, Bresson captures this pure and raw moment beautifully.

  47. Dianna Turner says:

    On our recent trip to the Met, I was excited to come across the Civil War Exhibit. Having never been there before I was unfamiliar with the rules about taking photos; apparently you cannot take photos is special exhibits but I managed to take one anyway. The photo I took was of a picture titled “Slave Pen” credited to Andrew Joseph Russell who was a captain in the Civil War and also their war photographer. It was taken in Alexandria, VA and is of a slave pen, which is a typical place in the 1800’s for where slaves were sold or auctioned off. It is amazing how far we have come since then, giving credit to Abe Lincoln for his ratification of the13th Amendment. At any given time when this photo was taken, there were firm’s holding hundreds of slaves for sale. These firms were guarded with Union soldiers and owners were making millions of dollars selling their slaves to area farms. As I continued down the line to look at the rest of the pictures, it was disturbing to see that this type of behavior was actually condoned, even though it was legal at the time. The living conditions were harsh and it is said that a three year old would sell for $50 and a full grown woman for up to $1,500 depending on her looks. History is not pretty but it needs to be studied and this picture was a reminder of that.

  48. Samantha Beckett says:

    A few weeks ago, during spring break, I had a chance to go see the movie, The Call, starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin. This movie centered around Berry’s character, Jordan Turner, who is a 911 operator. The movie starts off with Berry in the command center, which is referred to as the beehive. She receives a call from a girl, who is home alone, and somebody is breaking into her house. Turner tells the girl to relax and go find a place to hide in the house. The man searches for her and can’t find her. During the call, there was a disconnection and Turner calls back, causing the man to go back upstairs because he hears the phone ring. This is basically a “no-no” in the 911-operator world. As a result, the man finds the girl. Turner tries to reason with him, but he is already set in his decision. Before he hangs up he tells Turner, “It’s already done”, hinting at the fact that she will die. A few weeks later, the girl’s body is found, completely destroyed and decimated. This completely devastates Turner and sends her into a depression. She believes that the girl is dead because of her actions. The movie jumps to six months after that incident to Turner still working in the operator station, but now she is a trainer and not in the beehive. She completely avoids taking any calls in the call center because the memories still haunt her about the girl. During a training session, Turner brings the trainees down the call center, so they could see first-hand what it is like in the beehive. As they’re down there, one of the rookie call operators receives a call from a panicked girl, Abigail Breslin, who has been kidnapped and is in the trunk of a car. The rookie starts to panic herself, so Turner takes over. The kidnapper figures out that Breslin is using her phone and stops the car to stop the phone call. Turner tries to talk to the man, but the man tells Turner “It’s already done”, just like the previous call. From then on Turner tries to work with Breslin to save her life. I don’t want to give the ending away, just encase people want to watch the movie. I overall enjoyed the movie because it felt like I was watching an episode of Criminal Minds or Law and Order, but with just an average person trying to save this girl. This was mainly the reason I went to go see the movie because I personally enjoy shows formatted like this. The suspense, added with the emotional connection one feels towards the victim or protagonist is a great combination for a movie or television show. I also felt that the overall length of the film was good because the scenes never dragged in my opinion. I was always caught up in what was happening and waiting for the next scene to occur. Berry did a great job in portraying her character as a determined, willing-to-do-anything type of person. I could never imagine having this type of job and receiving phone calls from panicked people fearing for their lives. It takes a mentally strong person to remain calm and patience with this people. If I had to change anything within the film, it would have been the ending because I thought a little more could have been done, but all in all, I would recommend this film to anybody who enjoys crime shows or suspense films.

  49. Amanda DeLash says:

    I recently saw a sculpture at an art room at Camden County College of a textured ear that was approximately two feet wide by three feet long. It was by a student there who said the assignment was to create a sculpture of a body part and add some kind of pattern to it to create a different type of texture. The piece had won an award for best sculpture. The pattern on this particular piece resembled that of a whirl and the ear was covered from top to bottom and all through the inner parts with several individual whirls of approximately the same size. The sheer size of the sculpture was interesting because it is way larger than an actual ear. I also found this piece interesting because I would have chosen to use a pattern that resembled a sound wave since the sculpture was of an ear. I am not sure what the intent of the artist was whom chose to use a whirl as the pattern, but for me, it created an interest in the piece. I kept looking at it trying to decipher some type of meaning and come up with an idea of what that particular pattern would mean. I was unable to really come up with a meaning that satisfied my curiosity, but I still found the piece interesting.

  50. Annie Schneider says:

    I watched Movie 43 this past weekend and it was a very interesting movie. It got terrible reviews, but the trailer looked funny so my friends and I decided to watch it anyway. This movie had a lot of stars in it including Dennis Quaid, Johnny Knoxville, Emma Stone, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and Justin Long. We watched the alternate version, so it started off differently. In this version it starts with two teenagers deciding to prank their little brother by having him find a banned movie on the internet that will lead to the end of the world. The clips that he finds on the internet are what make up the rest of the movie. All of them are really strange, but I could not stop laughing. The skits were so out there which is what I think made them so funny. I thought that this movie should have gotten better reviews than it did because it was hilarious. A few of the skits were a little too weird, but overall it was a good movie.

  51. Recently I have watched the movie “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” This movie is modeled after the book “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky. I decided to watch the movie because I have heard pretty good things about it and I hope to read the book this summer. The movie was very enjoyable to watch and I was interested every step of the way. ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” is about a shy and quiet boy named Charlie who has no friends at the beginning of his freshmen year of high school. However he meets two seniors named Sam and Patrick who take them under their wing and welcomes him into their group of friends that consider themselves “wallflowers.” The rest of the movie is about all the ups and downs that Charlie and his friends go through during the rest of the year. The cast did a wonderful job portraying their characters. Actor Logan Lerman plays Charlie and well known actress Emma Watson plays Sam. Logan Lerman is an actor that I have never heard of before however he really immerses himself into the character of Charlie. He seems as though he is actually feeling the pain and happiness that Charlie goes through throughout the movie. Emma Watson also does a spectacular job. In the 2013 MTV Movie Awards Emma wins the MTV Trailblazer Award for her recent films, which one id “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” I believe that she is also very in touch with her character Sam in the movie as well. Overall the movie had a exceptional plot and cast. It is a movie I will watch again.

  52. Brigid Carmody says:

    While shopping at IKEA, I came across a large, framed drawing of a beautiful curvy woman named Sophie Loren. It was unlike any other poster or image I had ever seen. It was a poster intended for a modern female audience. This woman is sitting in a corset with bare legs and bare arms possessing a confident facial expression. It is a black and white drawing of a woman with red lips but displays light blue text across her bodice that says, “Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.” The combination of the curvy woman and words had a profound impact on me. It was not who the woman was that effected me, since I was actually completely unaware that it was a characterization of Sophie Loren, but it was the combination of a full-figured female and the message being portrayed. She is holding her head high, looking upwards, with her chest lifted. She is the epitome of confidence since she is only wearing a hat, corset and stockings. Since there is no background setting, and it is merely a simple drawing of a woman sitting on a black line, the hat implies that she is or will be outside, and is comfortable enough in her skin to be seen publicly in minimal clothing. Considering the overwhelming female pressures that women face in society today, the posters’ message of a love for food and curves contradict the modern theory that women have to be skinny, small, and eat minimally to be viewed as beautiful. Here, this woman’s confidence, comfort in her skin, and expression for a love of food, specifically spaghetti, is the ultimate form of beauty.

  53. barton82 says:

    During one of the exhibitions downstairs I was drawn to a very peculiar work of art. It was a string that ran from the ceiling to the floor, and on it were things such as horns, shells, and even feathers. The bottom had a mirror that allowed you to look down at the floor and still see this beautiful and creative work of art. The piece was created by Joyasinbji Jhala, and she named it Breathing Kewrija. It was a very strong piece because of all of the shapes created by the horns which all came to points. However there was a softer more delicate side which was shown by the feathers. The shells and rocks gave it a very tranquil and grounded feeling, especially because there were shells and rocks at the bottom of the artwork. I love that all the materials used were from nature it made the artwork feel more meaningful. I also love how the pieces individually are completely different, horns, shells, rocks, and feathers, but I love how the artist was able to take some of the strangest items and bring them together to make one cohesive unit. The work of art really reminded me of a dancer in the way that it flowed from top to bottom, it was graceful and many people were in awe when they first saw it. It was one of my favorite pieces I have seen this semester, all because some of the strangest things were brought together to make one great piece. It reminded me a lot of college and the friends that I have made so far.

  54. barton82 says:

    My favorite piece that I saw at the Metropolitan Museum in New York was a photograph of nature. The photo was taken by Osamu James Nakagawa and he named his photo Okinawa 001. As soon as I saw this photograph I forgot about all of my problems and relaxed. I was looking at two vertical panels covered in two separate photographs. Although the pictures were different they were both of beautiful coastal scenes which tied them together. The beautiful blue waves crashed upon the jagged rocks, and even though the stones seemed harsh there was a very tranquil feeling emanating from the rocks. It first made me think of the sound of water at the beach which is already a relaxing sound to begin with. I was then able to actually place myself on this beautiful coast with its dark rocky terrain and its dancing waters, the waves were almost enough to rock you to sleep. The photograph allowed me to be in a place where there was no stress; my happy place. The picture also gave the feeling of exploration, something new for you to dive right on into and have fun with. So between the relaxing stress free environment and a fun adventure, this photograph was perfect. Maybe this picture just reflects a lot of my personality, or maybe it is simply just that amazing.

  55. barton82 says:

    At the Metropolitan Museum I had seen a very strange yet mystifying picture. The picture was created by Jonathan Anderson and he had named it Untitled (Kit the Swordsman). The picture was very powerful and drew me in right away. There were many vibrant colors that were used such as reds, oranges, and yellows. Although these colors were a part of the background you were automatically drawn into the character that was kneeling in the middle of the picture. He was clearly a fierce Asian warrior, and he had a look on his face like he was ready to kill. The mountains in the distance indicate he has been through a long hard journey and is ready for anything else that will come his way. The white fluffy clouds showed a nicer side to the warrior showing that he was not out to harm but instead out to defend. He was also out in the open all on his own showing that he did not need anyone else, which is exactly how I am trying to grow up to become. The picture not only made me more alive looking at it, but just by the way the warrior was posed it made me want to suit up for battle. It made me dig deeper into who I really wanted to be in the near future.

  56. barton82 says:

    During the art trip to the Metropolitan Museum in New York I came across a painting that pulled me in like no other. The painting was named After the Hunt by Gustave Courbet in 1859. The painting was of a man and his dog and they were adding a fox to the collection of animals they had hunted. When I first glanced at the picture my attention was immediately brought to the man’s bright red shirt. The man’s clothes were the brightest part of this painting which made it almost impossible not to look at him first. I could see the delight in the face of the man and even more excitement emanating from his dog. The dog was almost jumping for joy as his owner was holding their newest piece for their collection. However when I looked closer I was overwhelmed with a sadness when I saw the faces on all of the animals they had killed. Their pelts were all of darker colors and each of the dead animals were facing downward indicating their defeat. The winners on the other hand had their heads up high in triumph, almost enough to make you feel angry for how much they enjoy killing other animals. Although the faces on the hunter and his dog are happy a strong feeling of empathy came over me; it almost made me want to look away.

  57. During the art trip to the Metropolitan Museum in New York I came across a painting that pulled me in like no other. The painting was named After The Hunt by Gustave Courbet in 1859. The painting was of a man and his dog and they were adding a fox to the collection of animals they had hunted. When I first glanced at the picture my attention was immediately brought to the man’s bright red shirt. The man’s clothes were the brightest part of this painting which made it almost impossible not to look at him first. I could see the delight in the face of the man and even more excitement emanating from his dog. The dog was almost jumping for joy as his owner was holding their newest piece for their collection. However when I looked closer I was overwhelmed with a sadness when I saw the faces on all of the animals they had killed. Their pelts were all of darker colors and each of the dead animals were facing downward indicating their defeat. In contrast the winners held their heads high in triumph, as though their ego’s may have been a little too high. Although the faces on the hunter and his dog are happy a strong feeling of empathy came over me; it almost made me want to look away.

  58. Brigid Carmody says:

    On our field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I stumbled across a free-standing, painted glass sculpture called “Indiscreet Harlequin” from the year 1740. The artist was not named, but it immediately caught my eye due to its comedic nature and vibrant colors. It suggests a happy, spring or summer day, as it displays young lovers surrounded by flowers in bloom. It consists of a male and female gazing into each others eyes with a third male lying on the ground. The third male displays a sly facial expression and seems to be taking an inappropriate peak at the female by lifting up the female’s dress. This humorous story of young lovers portrays them as oblivious to their surrounding as they become victims of mischief. A rather small sculpture, it would have most likely been displayed with other similar pieces in a more affluent home since the figures’ attire are elaborate, which suggests wealth. The female’s dress displays intricately painted flowers while the men are wearing bright, colorful suits; therefore, the sculpture was most likely made for a light-hearted person or family of a high socio-hierarchal status.

  59. Kristine Freiberger says:

    The oil painting by Emanuel Leutze, Washington Crossing the Delaware, was at the Met and I never realized just how large this painting was. I’ve seen it in history books and it’s a well known piece of artwork but when I walked into that room I was shocked and amazed by the magnitude of it. Not only that but it was in my favorite medium, oil paint. Oil paint holds such rich colors and even though close up it looks very textured, from far away it takes nothing away from the painting itself. This painting was beautifully crafted with Washington at the helm of the boat standing in a heroic, captain’s position, the American Flag right next to him. He is placed in the lightest part of the painting, his head surrounded by a good amount of negative space to capture the eye to make it all about that figure. He symbolizes America itself as they head into battle. A great, well known piece that blew me away when I saw it in person.

  60. Jaime Kisthardt says:

    A friend of mine is a professional wedding photographer. Kaycee English is an award-winning photographer from Central, NJ. If you’ve ever had a wedding board on pinterest, you’ve probably pinned her work and never even known it. Throughout the course of our class I’ve learned a lot about different styles of images, and the subconscious things that appeal to a viewer about a photo. This makes me look at different elements of photographs I really like, to see what they did to make it appeal to me.
    The photo I chose to critique is from an engagement shoot on the Brooklyn Bridge. When I look at this picture it evokes really happy feelings. But what about this image makes you so happy? The cables of the bridge and the city skyline behind it frame the couple, so your eye is drawn directly to them. The balloons give it that excited, bright, fun feeling, and the couple looks absolutely enamored with each other. However, when looking at it, you have to wonder, where are all the people on the bridge in the middle of such a perfect day? Whether they somehow closed down the bridge, or she photoshopped all the people out, your focus remains on the couple because there is no one else around to distract you. The appeal of this photo is that you want to be the girl, feeling lighter than air, overwhelmed with happiness in this adorable scene. I think to capture those emotions in a single photograph is what makes it so amazing.

  61. Jaime Kisthardt says:

    In class we looked at a book of works from Helmut Newton, which really caught my attention. Some of his works are very surreal and beautiful, yet most of them have an element of nakedness and can be very crude and sexual. I looked up more about him online and found a quote by him, which said, “Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid of a liar.” I found this interesting because that’s what seems to catch your attention about his photographs. He appeals to the natural curiosity about the human body, but uses nudity in a way that pushes limits and perceptions. Some of his work is very difficult to look at because you can’t tell if it is supposed to be artistic or degrading to women. He has this in-your-face style, which feels wrong, but you can’t help but look at it.
    The image I chose was a self portrait of Helmut Newton with his wife and models for Vogue, which you can see here: http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/photographs/helmut-newton-self-portrait-with-wife-and-5544487-details.aspx The irony of this spoke to me, and I think it really portrays Helmut Newton as an artist. He creates a self-portrait, which includes a completely nude model right in the middle, and you can see his wife sitting in a chair off to the side looking on. It is obnoxious that he makes himself the focus of the image, while he’s working with beautiful models and his wife has to just sit by and watch. The look on his wife’s face says it all, she is bored, and probably annoyed that she has to sit by and support her husband while he takes pictures of himself with these beautiful, naked women. I can guarantee she would not be sitting there so calmly if it were any other circumstances. It projects this blatantly conceded, sexual being, who sees himself as the most important person, putting himself above all these women in making himself the focus of the image. I’m not sure if I like his style, or hate it. For me most of his images have the same effect. They are unique, and catch your attention, but you can’t be decide if you respect the artistic license of it, or are repulsed by the over-sexed, inappropriateness.

  62. Morgan Litzas says:

    At the Met, there is an entire room that is called the “Panoramic View of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles”. I think it is the coolest and most interesting part of the Met. You walk in and the entire walls of the room are an oil painting. There isn’t anything else in the room except a panel explaining the painting. The oil painting is done by John Vanderlyn from 1818 to 1819. On the one side of the room, the palace of Versailles is painted in great detail. It shows the castle and all the people going in and out of the castle. The other side of the room is the castle gardens, and it shows all the people hanging out with each other and talking like they normally did. It was really cool because you could just stand in there for a few minutes and imagine what life must have been like back in that time. You could turn one way and pretend to work at the castle and have to rush around to get everything done. Or you could turn the other way and pretend to be one of the lords or ladies and hang out in the garden with everyone. It was very cool to walk in and see it all. It made me feel like I was in France.

  63. Morgan Litzas says:

    While we were at The Met, there were a lot of interesting pieces throughout the museum. One picture I really liked a lot was the Frustules of Diatoms by botanist Julius Wiesner which was taken in 1870. It was on the wall of the third floor in a photography collection that I happened to walk by in search of an exhibit on the third floor. It is a picture of the arrangement of frustules of diatoms which is found in the cell walls of algae. The picture is seen up close because it is taken through a microscope. I think I find this picture interesting for many reasons. One, I think it’s really neat that scientists took pictures through microscopes after arranging the individual diatoms to make jewel-like geometric shapes. I also like the colors that were used. The diatoms were different shades of blue, ranging from a very light blue to a darker night sky blue. The blue colors were calming and I could stare at the photo for a long time without my eyes hurting. Overall the shapes Wiesner made with the diatoms look like mini snowflakes falling on top of each other.

  64. James Dallas says:

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art has nearly all the world’s cultures on display through the ages from Egyptian mummies to ancient Greek statuary to Islamic carvings to Renaissance paintings to Native American masks to 20th-century decorative arts. I’m sure if I could go once a week for a lifetime that I still would find something new each time I visit. Obviously you can’t see the entire museum especially how short our visit was. I think one good way to get an overview is to take advantage of the Museum Highlights Tours offered every day at various times throughout the day in many languages such as French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, German, and Korean. Of course what I did to keep myself from being overwhelmed was to pick up a map at the round desk in the entry hall and choose to concentrate on what I wanted to see and everything else in between. I got to see the American Wing’s Garden Court with its 19th-century sculpture; the terrific ground-level Costume Hall; and the Frank Lloyd Wright room. The beautifully renovated Roman and Greek galleries are overwhelming in s way as are the collections of Byzantine Art and later Chinese art. The highlight of the Egyptian collection is the Temple of Dendur, in a dramatic, purpose-built glass-walled gallery with Central Park views. Overall I enjoyed the trip and was glad to have a day off from classes.

  65. James Dallas says:

    Matisse Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most thrilling exhibitions that I got to see on our trip. Forty nine stunning paintings captivated me while being very simple and to the point. The paintings proceed in pairs or groups aligned by subject; two still life arrangements with fruit and compote from 1899, two versions of a young sailor slouching in a chair from 1906, four views (1900 to 1914) of Notre Dame seen from Matisse’s window across the Seine, and three portraits (1916-17) of Laurette the favorite dark-haired model seen from various distances in a voluminous green robe from Morocco. The final gallery offers five paintings from the late 1940s that render Matisse’s Vence studio in flat, saturated colors and pulsating patterns of plants and textiles. I enjoyed his format of simplicity and quickly before I knew it my eyes were off and running, darting back and forth, parsing differences in style, brushwork, color, detail and overall effect. Each pair or group may forms its own mini-seminar, but together they show extremes, rethinking and revising in order to perfect his way to ideas about economy and finish that changed the course of painting. Attention should be paid to his habit of painting dark colors over bright ones to create a subtle under glow and his frequent emphasis on blank canvas as a source of light and texture. It seems he seeks an implicit modern directness and rawness that created a brave new intimacy among artist, object and viewer. It is possible to spend your entire visit in the second and third galleries of this mesmerizing exhibition, examining over the sailors, the nudes with white scarves, the more regal nude with attendants of “Le Luxe I” and “Le Luxe II” of 1907-8 (Matisse’s “Birth of Venus”?) or the contrasting psychological chords and spatial treatments of the Laurettes. The Museum of Modern Art’s magisterial “Goldfish and Palette,” with its fractured, quasi-Cubist transparencies and incessantly scratched paint, overpowers its more demure cousin, “Interior With Goldfish” (both 1914), until you notice that in this second work the hot orange of the goldfish glimmers subversively through almost the entire surface. In this astounding exhibition, it is clear that Matisse’s paintings are almost always hard won distillations, but it is nonetheless marvelous to see the process so forthrightly chronicled.

  66. James Dallas says:

    The Starry Night was painted by Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh. The painting shows the village of Saint-Rémy under a swirling sky, in a view from the asylum towards north. The cypress tree to the left was added into the composition.Van Gogh painted Starry Night while in an Asylum at Saint-Remy in 1889. The night sky is filled with swirling clouds, stars ablaze with their own luminescence, and a bright crescent moon. This sky keeps the viewer’s eyes moving about the painting, following the curves and creating a visual dot to dot with the stars. This movement keeps the viewer involved in the painting while the other factors take hold. The cool dark colors and the fiery windows spark imagination of what exists in the night and dark starry skies. The center point of the town is the tall steeple of the church, reigning largely over the smaller buildings. This steeple casts down a sense of stability onto the town, and also creates a sense of size and seclusion. To the left of the painting there is a massive dark structure that develops an even greater sense of size and isolation. This structure is magnificent when compared to the scale of other objects in the painting. The curving lines mirror that of the sky and create the sensation of depth in the painting. This structure also allows the viewer to interpret what it is from a mountain to a leafy bush. Since 1941 it has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

  67. James Dallas says:

    The Birth of Venus is a painting by Sandro Botticelli created around 1485–87. It depicts the goddess Venus, who is also known as Aphrodite in Greek mythology, emerging from the sea upon a shell in accordance with the myth that explains her birth. Venus is illustrated as a beautiful goddess and symbol of the coming spring. She is nude in the painting covering one of her breasts with her right hand, her left hand holding her long gold hair, which covers her pubic region. The nudity of Venus in this painting shows not the humility of the naked body but the exotericism of the female body. Her depiction as a nude is significant in itself, given that during this time in Renaissance history almost all artwork was of a Christian theme, and nude women were hardly ever portrayed. There are three other figures in the painting, two intertwined figures on the left side and a woman on the right standing on the shoreline. The winged figures on the left are female and male, their hair being blown back showing a sense of movement. They are blowing wind out of their mouths bringing a breeze to Venus that will move her from her shell to shores of land showing her birth into the human world. The female figure has her legs wrapped around the male figure that is impossible in real life. The leaves of the orange trees in the background, ringlets of hair being blown, the roses floating behind her, the waves gently breaking, and the cloaks and drapery of the figures blown and lifted by the breeze all show a lot of motion. Large-scale canvas; painting resembles a fresco in its freshness and brightness,and Venus’s long golden hair looks very gracefully. The proportions show their greatest exaggeration, yet the long neck and torrent of hair help to create the mystifying figure. The colors used are very warm and realistic. Today, the painting is held in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

  68. rach0612 says:

    When it comes to movies I have a very picky taste. The Silver Linings Playbook is a movie that I could watch multiple times a day. As a whole, the movie captures a sense of reality involving a very controversial issue. For the most part, films about disabilities are promoted as documentaries or seem to geared to intellectuals. Cause if we are being honest, how many uninformed people jump at the chance to watch a documentary? The Silver Linings Playbook however, frames Pat Solitano’s (Bradley Cooper) life and the life of his family in the most realistic way a movie possible could. There is one scene in particular that contains such raw emotion it brought me to tears.
    Pat stays in the attic of his parents house after being released from a mental institution where he was sent because of nearly beating the man his wife was cheating with to death. After an interesting first encounter with Tiffany, Pat returns home and becomes enraged when he cannot find his old wedding video. His enraged state is not something he can control and it takes a bad turn when he accidentally knocks his mom over. His father (Robert DiNero) then takes to pinning him and the two get into their own fight. The film work itself is something to be admired as well. The combination of fast pace movement and the catching of every detail within each characters movements bring the scene out from the screen and makes it as if you are part of the situation.
    The acting itself is amazing. Robert DiNero is not a man I have seen in a vulnerable role before and I loved every minute of it. You can tell he took this role as serious as anything he has done before. Bringing himself into a new world and allowing that world to become a part of who he is in the character. I believe he deserved best supporting actor on the sole principle that there are not many who can place themselves in that type of role and not show an inclining on their self in the character….and DiNero did just that. Its unfortunate that this movie did now win more awards, but I think that was more so the part of the industry being hasty about the message it brings to the publics eye and the uncommonness of it. Regardless this is a movie that everyone and their mother needs to see and will start a new precedent in the movie world.

  69. Rachel Dunn says:

    When it comes to movies I have a very picky taste. The Silver Linings Playbook is a movie that I could watch multiple times a day. As a whole, the movie captures a sense of reality involving a very controversial issue. For the most part, films about disabilities are promoted as documentaries or seem to geared to intellectuals. Cause if we are being honest, how many uninformed people jump at the chance to watch a documentary? The Silver Linings Playbook however, frames Pat Solitano’s (Bradley Cooper) life and the life of his family in the most realistic way a movie possible could. There is one scene in particular that contains such raw emotion it brought me to tears.
    Pat stays in the attic of his parents house after being released from a mental institution where he was sent because of nearly beating the man his wife was cheating with to death. After an interesting first encounter with Tiffany, Pat returns home and becomes enraged when he cannot find his old wedding video. His enraged state is not something he can control and it takes a bad turn when he accidentally knocks his mom over. His father (Robert DiNero) then takes to pinning him and the two get into their own fight. The film work itself is something to be admired as well. The combination of fast pace movement and the catching of every detail within each characters movements bring the scene out from the screen and makes it as if you are part of the situation.
    The acting itself is amazing. Robert DiNero is not a man I have seen in a vulnerable role before and I loved every minute of it. You can tell he took this role as serious as anything he has done before. Bringing himself into a new world and allowing that world to become a part of who he is in the character. I believe he deserved best supporting actor on the sole principle that there are not many who can place themselves in that type of role and not show an inclining on their self in the character….and DiNero did just that. Its unfortunate that this movie did now win more awards, but I think that was more so the part of the industry being hasty about the message it brings to the publics eye and the uncommonness of it. Regardless this is a movie that everyone and their mother needs to see and will start a new precedent in the movie world.

  70. Rachel Dunn says:

    Silver Linings Playbook is not an old movie, however by Hollywood standards it is not a new movie either. I personally have a connection with this movie not only from the message but also from the author. However, the work done by the film cast was to a much higher execution that I anticipated. A distinguishing scene in this movie takes place in the attic of Pat Solitano’s (Bradley Cooper) parents house. After dinner at a friends and an interesting encounter with Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) he is propelled into a rage after not being able to find his wedding video. The acting itself brought me to tears. The capture of the raw emotion depicted is something I have never seen before. The movie continues with the same intensity till the end and I can honestly say that I have never felt more a part of a movie or the characters lives.
    Silver Linings Playbook also brings into light a more realistic message and focused on the actual happenings that evolve from having a family member with a disability. There are plenty of documentaries..but lets be serious. How many uninformed people hear the word documentary and are interested? The gates have been open for many more stories to be told to everyone that needs to be aware.

  71. Brooke Logan says:

    Pavel Tchelitchew (American, 1898–1957)
    Tchelitchew was Russian born and changed his Ideology multiple times. He was a Cubist for a bit and a modernist and even Surrealist. When I first saw Hide-and-Seek all I saw was a girl climbing a tree yet the second time I passed it I began to see the other children in the photo. It seemed as if I was playing hide and seek with the girl also trying to find all the children that she was looking for. The size was about 6×7 feet and really stood out as I got off the escalator. I thought the location/ presentation of it was perfect because as you went down the elevator you saw it, but didn’t really see it, yet the closer you got the more intrigued you became and more detail you saw. It is oil on canvas and mostly consist of greens and oranges. This painting shows the similarity between a tree growing and children growing. I found myself thinking about the long life ahead of the tree and ahead of these children, the wisdom that they will find and as that girl climbed the tree I envisioned her growing up. I believe this painting to be a narrative since it is telling the story of life in my opinion. It is a mixture of warm and cool elegantly balancing the blues and the reds.

    • You do a great job of describing the painting Brooke, and I appreciate your interpretation of its meaning. Throughout its history, this painting has evoked a range of responses to its visual and psychological impact. Your very uplifting and positive view is one of the more empowering ones and illustrates the strength of this conceptual work.

      Well done,

  72. Brooke Logan says:

    Wolfgang Laib “Pollen from Hazelnut”
    The size of Pollen from hazelnut is about 18×21 feet and from even the third floor it was intimidating. At first hearing that there was an exhibit at the MoMA of sifted pollen I scoffed yet the effect of it was shocking. Staring down at it I was in awe of the bold color of the yellow. The fact that he must have collected such large amounts of pollen to make this giant work of art. Also while looking at it, I thought of just how delicate this piece of art is. It is essentially dust that could blow away at a brisk wind or who knows maybe even a sneeze. Laib makes his art from natural elements. He talked about how pollen is the beginning of the life of a plant, he also talks about the simplicity, beauty, and importance of it. Many times people talk about how beautiful flowers are but who ever thought that the pollen could be so breathtaking too. The composition was interesting too. It was such a bright color yellow square perfectly centered with a white boarder. The white made the yellow look even brighter and purer. Another thing to consider with this piece of art is the many meanings that the color yellow symbolizes, like optimism, enlightenment, and happiness, which you sort of feel while looking at it.

    • This is an excellent review. You get right at the core of the work’s meaning for you and describe it very simply and succinctly. You reference concepts behind its creation and speak to its visual and emotive power. This critique would be a strong one to define and describe conceptual art to others.

      Well said!

  73. Samantha Beckett says:

    Over the weekend, I had the chance to see the movie “Beautiful Creatures”. The story starts with Ethan Wate, a small town boy looking to get away from home and start a life somewhere else. After the start of school, a new girl shows up in town; Lena Duchannes, the niece of Macon Ravenwood, the town recluse. After sometime, Ethan discovers that Lena is a caster with powerful, yet dangerous abilities. Her uncle is an Incubus, which is a creature that feeds on blood, but he chooses to feed on dreams instead. Lena informs Ethan that on her 16th birthday she will either be claimed for the light or the dark. This is a curse that was put on their family after ancestor Genevieve tried to bring back her human love after he was killed during the Civil War. Macon believes that Lena will be light, but Lena fears for the worst because her biological mother, Sarafine, is the most powerful dark caster alive. The story ends on Lena’s birthday and during her claiming Macon was killed. Sarafine tries to pull Lena into the dark, but she refuses. Ultimately at the end, Lena ends up with a green eye and gold eye, signifying that she is both light and dark. There is so much more to the story, but it’s a little difficult summing a book that is over 500 pages long into a short paragraph.
    I was actually quite excited to see this movie because I am reading the series, and I was hoping that the movie could live up to the book. Unfortunately, I was wrong. As far as the setting and the visuals go, I thought that the creative team did an excellent job on recreating Gatlin, the town that the story took place in. I am from a small town and when I was reading the book, I was picturing my town, but with a country twist. From the minute the movie started, to the very end, I felt that small town vibe; the feeling when everybody knows everybody and what he or she is doing, even when you think nobody is watching. I also enjoyed the fact that when certain characters were introduced, you could tell that they were different from the “regular” people. Macon Ravenwood was dressed more elegant, showing that he was better than the “uneducated” people from Gatlin and Lena dressed on the more dramatic side, which was very different from the Sunday-dress wearing Gatlin girls. These were definitely positives, but probably the only positives in my opinion. There was so much left out. This means storyline and characters alike. So many aspects of the book were changed and forgotten, that I am certain that the second book will not be turned into a film. I left the movie theatre angry and just completely perplexed on how so many main characters were forgotten. I counted at least nine main characters that should have been in this movie, but were not. For example, Marian, the librarian, who is also the Keeper, was thrown to the side. The directors or whoever is in charge of storyline decided that Amma, Ethan’s nanny from when he was a child and a seer, should be the Keeper. I do not know how they could do this, seeing that the entire third and fourth books are centered around Marian. Another thing that completely ruined this film for me was that the ending was completely changed. I know that some sections need to alter from time to time in book adaptations to film, but the ending in the movie was nothing like the ending in the book. I was utterly disappointed in this film. Maybe if I did not read the book, it would have been more enjoyable, but I warn anybody who has read this book, do not see this movie.

    • Wow. You do a great job with this critique Samantha. You really describe how hard it is to adapt a book, especially a long one or a series, into one movie. It can be exasperating for a fan of the text to see a film version that does not even come close to interpreting the story well. I think you could apply this review to a great many examples of film adapted books.

      Great job,

  74. Annie Schneider says:

    I had to watch the movie 3:10 to Yuma for my College Composition II class. This movie came out in 2007 and stars Christian Bale and Russell Crowe. It is a western movie about a rancher who holds a prisoner in his home and will be paid $200 if he can get the prisoner to the train going to a court in Yuma. On the way to getting the prisoner to the train, they run into a lot of obstacles which were mostly people shooting at them. In the end, the rancher is murdered by the prisoner’s men, but the prisoner still gets on the train. I had never heard of this movie before, but once I was told this was a western movie, I knew I was not going to like it that much and I was right. I thought this movie was terrible. I am not a fan of western movies because they bore me. The beginning of this movie was very slow, but it got a little better towards the middle of it. Once the prisoner was being moved and he kept trying to escape and his men tried to rescue him, it got better. I had noticed myself spacing out a lot during the beginning of the movie since it was so slow, but once people started shooting at each other and fighting the movie started to catch my attention again. All of the action in the movie was the same to me, so after watching people shoot at each other over and over I started to get bored again. Overall, this movie was a little better than I thought it was going to be and you would like it if you love western movies.

    • Thanks Annie for the insightful review. I have never seen this version, but I have seen the original. I can certainly appreciate your frustration at the pacing and story. It would be interesting to know of your impressions of the original from 1957. It was adapted from a short story by Elmore Leonard and received good reviews, however, as you say you have to like westerns to like either of these films. 🙂

      Well said,

  75. amelianj says:

    The Iron Lady

    Meryl Streep (Julie and Julia) won an Academy Award for her performance as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and rightly so. She invoked Maggie’s attitude, tone, mannerisms, presence, and even accent uncannily, if with leftover shades of Julia Child’s warble. However, I began watching a film called The Iron Lady expecting to see the Iron Lady – the inimitable and rare politician who wrenched British Conservatism out of the dark ages and into a female-led new decade.
    What I got instead was the story of a retired old widow whose flashbacks-within-flashbacks and conversations with her dead husband were driving her slightly mad. I quite like Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter, Hot Fuzz), but not as a shadow-character. The scene where she does finally let go of him (“give up the ghost”?) was a tearjerker, but overly dramatic nonetheless.
    I did enjoy the title character’s youthful political exploits portrayed by UK television actress Alexandra Roach, even if her voice sounded virtually identical that of Lady Edith Crawley (Laura Carmichael) from PBS/ITV-UK’s Downton Abbey. I glanced up from my knitting long enough to realize it wasn’t Lady Edith, but season three of Downton Abbey was so bad that I wasn’t disappointed that it was a different actress after all.
    All in all, the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom deserves better representation in biopic film, especially by a giant of the screen like Streep, even if her politics were (and are) considered so odious she was all but forced to resign.

  76. amelianj says:

    In the current University Art Gallery…

    Photo series by Mary Mattingly
    “Much more of the world’s population will be forced to migrate for environmental, economic, or political reasons,” Mattingly’s caption reads. The series and its fatalistic ideas evoked my prior employer, U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay for me: a remote American colony, cut off from mainland Cuba by deeply rooted sociopolitics, and sustained by daily flights and a biweekly barge. The practical reasons for sustaining this situation are highly debatable, yet the isolated and expensive installation persists in stark opposition to the migration plight Mattingly says the world will soon face. While the world’s destitute are forced to pick up and move, sometimes aimlessly from place to place looking to survive, a handful of dutiful Americans doggedly carry out inscrutable missions with their life-force resources brought to them.

    On the floor, a few feet away…
    Rubble by Francesco Simeti is a good effort, but not powerful enough for me. I think it would have more impact if the structure were built higher or completely broken down. Images of the remains of war need to be something other than constructed of printed corrugated plastic and subtly arranged far below a standing person’s field of vision. Installation artwork has the opportunity to surround a person with emotions and a physical sense of art, but Rubble falls as short as its knee-height construction.

    • These are both good I am intrigued by the way you describe the wprks, but I want to know more. Maybe more detail about each piece? If I wasn’t there, how would you describe them, so I could get a clearer sense of what you saw?

      I do like you writing style, very straight forward. 🙂


  77. Jaime Kisthardt says:

    On Monday night I saw Imagine Dragons perform at the electric factory. Its a smaller venue in North Philly which has the feel of an old warehouse, with old remodeled chandeliers made out of lightbulbs and some cool visual effects. Two smaller bands, Nico Vega and Atlas Genius, opened the show, playing about an hour each. Nico Vega did a lot of crazy beats on garbage cans, and their lead singer reminded me of like a punk rock version of Adele in leather pants who climbed all over stuff of the stage. Atlas Genius was a group of three Australian guys in suits who were really funny and had a very unique style and sound. The show was sold out so it was about 3,000 sweaty people crammed wall to wall. Before Imagine Dragons came on, they set up really awesome backdrop with 3 rounded projection screens, a bunch of huge drums, and some fake trees with moss hanging down and lights hung on them. The tour is called “Night Visions” after their first album, so they opened with everything totally dark with a bunch of glowing eyes on the black screen and night sounds, before the lights erupted with cool drum beats.
    They played most of their album, almost two hours long, and had incredible energy the entire time. One of their more well known songs, Radioactive (Which you’ve probably heard in movies or commercials without even knowing it), has this one part where the lead singer gasps for air and breathes out dramatically, and you could hear every person there gasping with him, which was really cool and gave you the chills. They also added a really epic drum rift in the middle of the song, with the lead singer playing various sized bass drums with giant mallets. Then, right when you thought the song ended and it got quiet, it erupted into the really intense chorus again. Everyone was screaming, singing, and really getting into it and they sounded amazing. I first heard the band play the song “It’s time” on the radio, before hearing several other songs I really liked. I shared the band with my boyfriend, who isn’t really into music but he really likes things that “sound cool”, like catchy openings, fun beats, funky sound effects, and anything really unique. I bought him the tickets for Valentine’s Day and we only had heard three of their songs before going, and ended up leaving loving everything, buying shirts and cds. If you like alternative rock, with a little bit of an edgy/indie/unique sound they will not disappoint. Overall, fantastic live and most definitely worth a listen. They’ll be stuck in your head for days afterwards.

    • Well done Jaime, I really have a sense of your entire experience. You did a great job of describing the setting, the event and the music as well as your reaction to it. I have heard a couple of their songs and your review goes a long way to introducing the kind of music and the energy it evokes.


  78. Laura Gomez says:

    The sheer volume of KOBRA’s mural/street art is what first piqued my interest in this piece. This mural is highly visually stimulating with the vibrancy of the colors. I enjoy this piece because it is very cohesive. The background leads your eyes to the famous “V-J Day” photograph. The light colors are sporadically interrupted by darker ones, which creates a focal point that is pleasing. I also like how the actual people are in black and white. One might think that they would get lost in the sea of color, but the lack of color actually draws your eye to the most important part of the painting. Overall, this interpretation of the “V-J Day” photograph is a very creative spin on something that was originally black and white, and KOBRA has successfully portrayed it on a huge canvas.

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