renewal

Renewal The concept of renewals has been on my mind a lot this winter break, since I’ve been spending all this free time catching up on “media” (see watching TV until the wee hours of the morning). All my favorite shows are from the past (I didn’t want to say cancelled because then it sounds like it…

Enthusiasm… 50 years later

Enthusiasm I have a friend who loves history; she’s the kind of person who just knows what’s going on in APUSH and can argue with a teacher, while I feel like I’m floating in and out of consciousness when we’re talking about Alexander Hamilton. I love history, but it just doesn’t come easily to me. Despite…

take it easy

Relax I rarely talk about myself (when it doesn’t pertain directly about graphic design) on this blog, but I’m excited to announce that I’m done with the college admissions process and even more pumped for my next four years at WashU! I am suddenly so grateful for all the events I’ve missed in the three-and-a-half years,…

manipulation creates martyrs

Martyr I love my subscription to Time like any other person, but there’s something about getting the 100 Most Influential Images of All Time edition that fascinated me. It’s old yet high-quality photos with context and photographers’ statements. What interested me most was probably Saigon Execution, because it made Nguyễn Văn Lém (right) a martyr when I saw it, even…

sweet, sour and a little salty

Tart I could be describing orange chicken, but I think that’s one of the grossest dishes on the face of the earth. Instead, I’m talking about Taylor Swift. She’s been out of the spotlight for the most part, and I commend her for that. After years of incessant touring (but please come back to Atlanta…

rock the vote

Second Thoughts So I voted on Friday, racing against the clock to make the 7PM cutoff time, and it’s really just helped me ease my fears. I know my one vote is hardly one to make a difference, but I’ve been slowly learning for years the importance of voting. While I’m an ardent supporter of one,…

homebase

Base This picture had me thinking about home a lot. Yes, because the player’s standing on home base, but also how this was one of my last photo assignments for my school paper (I’m now the editor), and how much time I’ve spent at school. Everything is coming in waves and I’m just glad to have…

command-c

Copycat Of the 8 or so pieces I made for a “design principles” assignment in my AP Photo class, this has been the most successful. I’m honestly surprised, because it was so inspired by Flume’s album cover, but people loved the simplicity and symmetry of it. I scanned an image from a Sotheby’s catalogue, cropped it so…

Free Transform

  Transformation Surprisingly, this has turned out to be one of my favorite pieces, despite minimal thinking or expectations going in. I made it for an English project so I wouldn’t have to write, and I like the ability to add in all these aspects for a text I hardly understood. There’s lots of symbolism…

its fox mulder’s world we’re just living in it

Artificial My latest project involved setting up a scene in a box and photographing it, blurring the line between real and surreal. It wasn’t as successful as I would have liked, but considering my lack of interior design and construction skills, I’ll take it. I chose Mulder’s apartment from The X Files because I recognized…

Not the OG, but still good

Original The second generation of Skins is great, but I worry it’s only relevant because it is being compared relative to the other generations. I loved the third (this is sadly not a general consensus), but I struggle with going back and rewatching the show. Now, I’m stuck on season 2, so I’ve switched to…

Graphic design- a passion, or a burden?

Passionate Honestly, the title of this post is from that meme, which my friends and I reference from time. I’ve been doing graphic design for over 3 years now, but I still love it. I’ve changed my style-  I began with Illustrator but focus mainly on Photoshop now- but it has stuck with me. I’m…