Journeys/Migrations and the Document

by ElevArte Studio

Lynette Vera-Summer 2012

My body of work is mostly about people. I mostly was inspired by intresting people. All the images I have are one of a kind they all have something to say I. Through out this period of time I have learned many things for example how to use photoshop and how to work a camara. I think the hardest part of all was to get a good photo. Later on I plan to be more careful on taking pictures like choosing the right setting depending on where I’m taking the picture and adjusting the light.  

Age:14

Lincoln Park School '

The guy reading his book

The guy reading his book

[caption id="attachment_1169" align="aligncenter" width="584"] This guy was reading a book when we came and disrupted him and took a picture.

The baby

The baby

This kid it so little

The hardware shop

The hardware shop

I never knew this hardware shop was there.

The guy on the street

The guy on the street

I always see this guy in the street.[/caption]

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by Stephanie Barragan

Matthew Sanchez - Summer 2012

Most of my work is based on pictures, or subjects, of people in their everyday lives or at festivals, or that have a normal pattern or no particular pattern at all. My motivation (inspiration) is that I was always interested in things that were or looked out of place and for the people my friends have helped me overcome my shyness. These images are important to me because I am paid to do this but it can be about the fun and not just the money. Some of the challenges that i had was to get the right picture, I just had to get the picture alone without no reflection, extra lights, or people in the background then I was ordered to edit the picture in by changing the lights and shadows and before that I had to black and white it. After the challenges I had, at least ten times for each picture, I was able to get the perfect shot. If I am going to do this some other time I see myself doing this again but in another part of the city.

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by Stephanie Barragan

Spring Showcase 2012

"Journeys/Migrations and the Document"

Pros Arts Studio and After School Matters

Spring 2012

Thank you for viewing our work from this session of Journeys/Migrations and the Document. Thirteen of our young people explored the medium of digital photography through personal projects and interests where they created visual narratives around themes of sports, portraiture and other topics of interests. Students then looked at our urban-landscape using alternative materials where they merged discarded objects and their own photographic imagery into one document that records our public spaces.

The pages in this blog serve as a catalogue of each students work from the Spring 2012 session and this past fall 2011. Please feel free to follow our blog here and stay updated as we enter our Summer 2012 program – our focus for the upcoming session will be focused on “street photograph” and students making work in the public sphere. We are currently accepting applications online at After School Matters.

Please enjoy the work!

Anthony Marcos Rea,

Teaching Artist

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by Stephanie Barragan

ASM Showcase at Pros Arts Studio

Join us TONIGHT from 5:30pm-6:30pm here at Pros Arts Studio located at 1119 West Cullerton Street (Dvorak Park) for an end of term presentation of our amazing students work. Light refreshments will be served as well as our students will be on hand to talk about their experiences with us this Fall. In addition, the work of "Tejer Y Poder", our knit & crochet program will also be presenting work and offering several cool demonstrations! OOOOH! And we can not forget about the amazing paintings by students that participated in the Fall 2011 "J-Def Peace Project" - they will have wokr on hand for display.... So come check us out! See you all there!

Anthony Marcos Rea

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by Stephanie Barragan

"Friday Nights" a Fall 2011 Project at Pros Arts Studio

“Friday Nights” is an 8-week photographic journey taken on by 13 young participants as part of a digital photography apprenticeship program. Our goal is to explore one night of the week every week in order to understand the happenings, activities and actions found in the streets of the Pilsen and surrounding area of the city. This project is as much about the neighborhood and the city as it is about street photography and the journey. Part of that time we were joined by guests young and old, out in the streets taking photographs along with us. WE were joined by Xotchil Ramirez from DePAul University that was excited to see us out working and felt the urge to tag along with us for several nights. On our last night together Xotchil shared some of her work with us that she recently competed for one of her classes.

Overall the experience was amazing, every week discovering something new in the neighborhood. Students experienced the challenges of working in the streets, talking with people and discussing their work. Sometimes they were received with open arms but others were not as successful when wanting to enter a space and photograph. Almost every night was a learning experience, and we shared our night with some light eats at the Jumping Cafe or Steak-N-Egger to finish our before our journeys home. So please enjoy our hard work and photographs!

"Journeys/Migrations and the Document” is a digital photography program that introduces students to the medium through various conceptual practices. By creating both individual projects and collaborative public works, students focus on the concepts of journeys and migrations while practicing subaltern ways of making a document." - Anthony Marcos Rea, Teaching Artist

Teaching Artist,

Anthony Marcos Rea

 

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