The semester has begun..

I just completed my third week of classes and I’m really excited about many things coming up! I’m currently taking ARTD 468 which is an advance photography course which will focus on lighting. ARTD  419 which will focus on digital editing and manipulation. EPFE 220 known as an education as an agent for change. EPS 426 foundations of psychedelic studies and FLSP 320 which is an introduction to Spanish literary analysis.

My first photo project will be due next week for 468, 15 printed images in which natural lighting is the main source. I’m still unsure of my exact concept but at this point I’m considering creating a series around children and them becoming aware and conscious of their bodies or a series of images revolving around the theme of loneliness… I might post some of the images here once I’m done. For EPFE we are reading The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager, yes it is as interesting as it sounds! One of my interest is the idea of growing up and coming of age. There are so many ideas explored in the book about how teenagers came to be “created”, the way they have evolved, and how they have been perceive throughout history.

My instructors are really interesting. But since photography is my emphasis I am particularly excited about Jesicca Labatte who has shown at Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago! She seems really nice, knowledgeable, and her class will include a portion which will focus on studio lighting! Juan Fernandez did his undergrad at Columbia College which has one of the best photo programs in the country so I’m really excited to have him as well! He is also incredibly knowledgeable on technical things but he is also very conceptual.

Besides classes and extracurricular events, I had a meeting with my advisor and I’m considering triple minoring in Art History, Spanish, and Latino and Latin American Studies. I have to a a little bit of research to do but at this point is seems like I might be able to do this and still graduate in four years!  There are some great event coming up like the NIU Unity Celebration and Conference as well as the Social Justice Conference which I am really excited about! While it’s been busy the academic semester if off to a great start!

Juan

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