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August 14, 2014 / Ginny Banks

Final Project: Street Photography.

The final project was to go out and photograph in the mode of street photography. Students met in Westlake Center on a beautiful summer day in Seattle. From that starting point everyone went in different directions. Many wound up in Pike Place Market and surrounding downtown areas. The idea was to have a memorable experience and not spend too much time thinking about the results but mostly responding to what you see. The assignment was using digital cameras.

The first photograph was by Rena Chen. She was overwhelmed by so many people downtown and searched for quieter images like this one.


The next two are photographed in Pike Place Market by Qingqing Lin. She photographed the balloon man (Seattle icon) and discovered a leg sticking out in the sidewalk.


This black and white shows motion blur and is taken down the stairs from the balloon man near the famous gum wall.


The next photograph is the gum wall photographed with an unusual perspective by Rei Orikata.


Another Pike Place Market shot shows the bustle of people buying goods by Kyungmin Lee.


Wyatt Kim captured a decisive moment in the shopping district downtown near Pacific Place.


The next photograph is by Shelby Heath. It is the park opposite Pike Place Market overlooking Highway 99 and the waterfront. I love the white suit!


Olivia Andrade took this interesting shot in the Market as well.


Ling Manuel took the next two photographs with a faulty camera. What she thought she was framing turned out differently and she was unexpectedly surprised. They have a great “street” feel to them.


She noticed both girls had the same distinctive shoes!


Jacob Jeffers went to the Seattle Center and discovered this cup in the fountain. His camera got sprayed a bit!


Nicole Sencenbaugh photographed the following scene in the Market.


William Meng went to the Space Needle and photographed panoramas of the city from the top as well as this scene from the bottom.


Danette Choi photographed these people picnicking in the park.


Ryan Moffat photographed a pleasant scene of the waterfront and the new ferris wheel with a signature Seattle coffee cup! The early morning light was beautiful.


Chihana Sato continued her exploration of Seattle and photographed in a pet store in Factoria on the Eastside where Bellevue College is. She got this amazing shot of a lizard!


And, finally, Ailin Yu went inside the Seattle Art Museum to capture this unique shot looking up at a permanent installation in the foyer.




August 14, 2014 / Ginny Banks

Still Life Photography.

Still life photography is the depiction of inanimate subject matter, most typically commonplace objects which may be either natural or man-made. Still life photography, more so than other types of photography, such as landscape and portraiture, gives the photographer more leeway in the arrangement of design elements within a composition. A still life doesn’t move, so it is easier for a beginning photographer to spend more time with camera controls.

This assignment is geared toward beginning photographers. It is the first film assignment. Students take a roll of film and photograph everyday objects. They learn to process the roll, make a contact sheets and three prints using filters all in a period of a few weeks.

The first photograph is by Nicole Sencenbaugh. I love the shallow depth of field in these photographs.


The next three are by Qingqing Lin.




The next two are by Chihana Sato.



The next photograph is from Chihana as well. It would classify as street photography rather than still life. It is clearly the decisive moment.


The last one is more in the genre of street photography by William Meng.



July 22, 2014 / Ginny Banks

Summer Quarter Pinhole Photography.

Summer is usually more laid back at Bellevue College. It has been extremely sunny for the pinhole assignment making the exposures very short. Once again, I find the figurative ones most interesting. The following are negative and positive versions. The first two are by Qingqing Lin.



The next ones are self-portraits by Wyatt Kim.



The following two are by Rena Chen.




The last ones are by Ryan Moffat. I love the reflection in the iPhone!



June 15, 2014 / Ginny Banks

Final Project: Narrative Photography.

Unlike other types of photography, such as landscape and portraiture, the point of narrative photography is to tell a story or suggest a sequence. The story/sequence can be fictitious or documentary in format. It can be linear or consist of flashbacks or montages of events. It can be inspired by poetry or the lyrics to a song. The possibilities are endless. Students worked with color film for this assignment. Narratives consisted of at least seven images each. The following images are excerpts. The first several are by Claire Wong. Claire’s words: Living is about accumulation. It’s about collecting, growing, consuming, breathing. Claire wanted to create classical still lives yet with modern things. The next two are her images.



The next series are Claire’s as well. I love that type is incorporated within her images. Here is her written narrative: I’m sorry I left the back door unlocked you’re going to get yourself killed I’m sorry I left the gas on I just forgot how am I going to let you live by yourself I’m sorry I’m sorry I scratched your car I’m sorry I don’t now what else to do tell me what to do I’m sorry I’m not skinny enough I’m sorry I’m sorry I sleep all the time you need to stop taking naps why are you so tired I’m sorry your room is a mess I’m sorry I’ll clean it (I never clean it) ( I’m sorry)





The next series is by Katie Glasnovich. This is an excerpt from her written narrative “……when we leave the room that is our home and step into the world of our backyard, everything we know is small…We become trapped in the backyard trying to find ways to entertain ourselves; obsessed with trying to make life beautiful….This backyard means something to me because I have grown up in it my entire life. It is me. This house I photograph is me. And these photographs represent me….I have struggled through loss; I have struggled through so many things. But I have been gifted to see the beauty…I cherish quiet moments of bliss. I cherish the way rays of sun may hit a certain object. I cherish life. I am ready to break free from the world as I know it; I am ready to venture outside of my backyard. I woke up one day. I saw many things and felt many things and experienced many things. Now I want more from the world.









The next three images are by Lisha Du. I love the soft focus. Lisha is lamenting lost love: This is what I wore on our first date. I dropped into your smile that day. This dress seems old and sad today.


Time passes by. I still remember your smell every time I smoke. Marlboro is your favorite cigarette. Now I am smoking it, thinking about our romance.


There are a thousand ways to get over you. Memory is the only problem.


The next three images are by Meridian Smith. Meridian wrote a poem for her narrative called “Life Goes On.”

If you want  something to stay the same then you’ll have to learn to deal with decay. These things that are falling apart once held great significance for those who were here at the start. Within this memorial lives my grandfather’s parents, my grandmother, my father. Within this memorial lives cobwebs, mold and junk. We’ve abandoned the things to keep the memory safe. A memorial exists to respect the dead. But it’s beauty exists for the living’s sake.




Jonathan Dunham photographed the following narrative about fishing. Jonathan’s words: My day on the water allows me to get away from reality. As I head out to find the best place to go fishing, I start to reflect on what is happening in my life. When I arrive where I will be fishing, my thoughts drift away and I begin to focus on what I am doing and the nature around me.




The next three images are by Ben Earnest. Ben wrote the following: The main theme for this triptych is sunlight. What I was trying to accomplish is to show the landscape of our overall neighborhood while including sunlight as a major part in all the photographs. I want to capture as much beauty in my neighborhood as I possibly can.






June 3, 2014 / Ginny Banks

Classic and Environmental Portraiture.

Classical portraiture focuses solely on a person whereas environmental portraits are photographs of a person taken in their surroundings, the places where they live, work or play. In this assignment students picked one person to photograph. They used the mode of portraiture to explore the effects of shallow and deep depth of field (aperture) along with motion and time (shutter speed). They were encouraged to have a collaborative experience with their subject. Students used digital cameras for this assignment and made prints from Epson printers in the photo lab. The first photograph is by Mei Wong. The image is of her sister and her bedroom.


The next photograph is by Gyna Yun. Gyna photographed her friend in the park. I love the quality of light and the streamers.


The next photograph is by Lisha Du. It is a self-portrait.


This photograph is by Janelle Kevin of her daughter and her bedroom. She loves France.


The next is a photograph of her father by Meridian Smith.


The next image is by Taylor Faires. I like the auburn hair with the green.


Evellyn Tan photographed her friend in her bedroom. Notice the polaroids on the pillar.


Colin Youngblood photographed his friend at night.


Lincy Thammavongsy photographed her friend with a slow shutter speed while they were spinning on a ride in the park.


May 4, 2014 / Ginny Banks

Pinhole Photography.

This is always a fun assignment. Students construct pinhole cameras and take pictures with them mostly on campus at Bellevue College. Part of the assignment was to do a self-portrait or figurative one using a fellow classmate as a subject. These to me are the most interesting largely due to motion blur and the ghostly effects. The first is a pinhole positive by Claire Wong.


The next is a pinhole negative by Meridian Smith. She used Claire as her model photographing in the outside hallway.


The next is by Katie Glasnovich. She took her camera home and photographed herself in this pinhole negative.


The next is a self-portrait pinhole negative by Jonathan Dunham.


The next is a pinhole negative and positive by Josh Stefaroi. He found something unique and industrial on campus to photograph.



The last is a self-portrait negative and positive pinhole by Estefanie Bazan. The stripes in her shirt were cool!







April 19, 2014 / Ginny Banks


Students start the quarter off with photograms. I like to think of photograms as “drawings with light.” You can endlessly play with just several objects. Students bring things from home that are meaningful or that they think will be interesting to work with. The project is an introduction to elements of composition so they are encouraged to think carefully with how their objects are placed on the photographic paper. It is also an introduction to the darkroom and the negative/positive process as well as latent image. The first photograms are by Lincy Thammavongsy. She used fabric!


The next is another variation by Lincy.


The next photogram is by Claire Wong. Claire used fabric as well with a little embroidery on the left side. Very subtle.


The last fabric image is by Katie Glasnovich.


Gyna Yun used items to put on makeup and a cup holder. The glowing dots were from an interesting rice paper that she used with metallic gold flecks. It translates beautifully in a photogram.


Jake George picked something that is powerful in it’s simplicity.


Kailey Bostic experimented with items from nature and a torn up piece of newspaper.


John Nguyen created a symmetrical arrangement using ribbon and a feather.


The last is by Jonathan Dunham. He used a fishing reel, some flies and a piece of coral.






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