Alumni News December 2013

Steve Rausch Documents Poverty Among Families of Inmates

While attending Doug Jensen’s The Art of Lighting and Shooting Interviews workshop this summer, Steve got a call to gear up for a month-long shoot to document some of the poorest families in Cambodia and Costa Rica who had at least one family member in prison. Steve served as Audio and AC on the project, and recently sent us this dispatch:

We shot in incredible conditions: heat, monsoon rain, and thick fog. We shot in areas where dengue fever are highly present as well as lots of gang activity. The level of poverty was eye opening. One young girl that we filmed lives with her grandmother in an old crematorium. It’s the only place they have to go. Working on this project was priceless experience that, I hope, will assist the client in raising funds to help these people in such great need.


Deanna Witman Connects Celestial Nighttime Visions

MFA graduate Deanna Witman recently exhibited a new body of work at Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, VA that dispenses with cameras in favor of the unpredictable vision of the lowly slug. The trails these nighttime wanderers left behind on her gelatin silver paper resemble images captured of far away galaxies and nebulae, and the collection of images draws fascinating connections between something so small and simple with something so massive and unfathomable. The entire collection, titled Supercluster Arion and Other Phenomena, can be seen by clicking HERE, and in a beautiful catalog prepared for the exhibit. One of the collection’s images was recently selected for Plates to Pixels juried Lenzless exhibition. View the online exhibition HERE.


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