Photography - Student Portfolios

In the course CPH 495 - Photography Capstone and Thesis Seminar — a culminating course — students demonstrate their conceptual understanding and creative abilities in photography and visual communication. Each student develops a coherent body of work and a thesis paper reflecting on that work from a personal, historical, and critical perspective. 


Dylan Graham, Winter 2012

Thesis
Winter 2012
8 photos

 

Satori captures the inevitable fate all living creatures must face: death. Human beings have often believed that life is warranted to those with meaningful lives; at least this is what we perceive to be true based on our interactions with the world. It is when we are face to face with the death of insignificant creatures that we can begin to eliminate our differences and see that life is both equal and beautiful; where the separating line between us and them vanishes.


Jenna Raber, Thesis 2010

Thesis
2010
8 photos

 

"Family of Heroes" is a testament to the day when we realize that parents are not superheroes, that aunts are not invincible and grandparents are not everlasting and innocent.


Brianna Trudell

Thesis
2009
7 photos

 

"and then it's gone" uses photography as a representation of fragility and the finite instead of using it to represent a place, person or event. A polaroid 669 image frozen in a block of ice slowly melts and becomes inaccessible.


Ben DeHaan

Thesis
2009
6 photos

 

"...I started transforming the human body into something else. I wanted the viewer to lose their self-awareness and see the self as object."


Todd Manna, Thesis 2009

Thesis
2009
8 photos

 

When we dwell on our past it has a tendency to consume us.

 


Malin Towne

Thesis
2008
8 photos

 

The viewer is encouraged to look upon my images as snippets of time, as if plucked from the life that I live. Three become one in an attempt to create balance and tension through the separation of photographs. The art that I create speaks to the way I feel disconnected to life around me, as I grasp to hold on to the here and now.


Ryan Essenmacher

Thesis
2008
8 photos


Emily Renkert

Thesis
2007
8 photos

 

"...Memory is malleable and subject to disintegration. My photographs can act as visual tabs in the filing cabinet of our minds, providing access to personal memories..."

 


Jason Rutter

Thesis
2007
7 photos

 

"Although most people think they are war conscious, are they really? - - So far removed from the far-flung battlefronts, can they be?" Major Oscar Mitchell, April 15, 1944

The declaration of war is among the most profound decisions a society can make. With it comes great consequences, sadness, and turmoil. To glorify or romanticize war is a common and perhaps necessary theme; however, there is no glory or romance in war. To censor or minimize the ugliness of war serves only to trivialize the sacrifices made by those who serve.

 

 



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