I recently gave a midday artist talk at the Columbus Cultural Art Center about my exhibit Brownie In Motion: traveling picture show. Luckily – since noon on a Thursday is hard for most people to go out to see art – the talk was recorded.
Beginning Photography students at Otterbein University had a truly special opportunity when Stephen Takacs brought his Brownie In Motion project to the Art Department in September. Students learned about the camera obscura in a photo history lecture earlier in the semester, but being able participate in the magic in person was an unparalleled experiential learning opportunity that will not soon be forgotten. Students were excitedly able to walk inside of Takacs’ room sized camera and see the scene outside of the lens projected onto a screen. They were then able to be part of the development process and assist in making the class portrait. Additionally, students were inspired to consider an expanded notion of photography, one that engages with the camera as an art object itself and promotes collaboration between artist and sitter.
Amanda Le Kline graduated from The Ohio State University with her Master of Fine Arts in 2014, and currently teaches at Otterbein University. Her work combines the mediums of photography, video, sculpture, and performance, and her research interests come from the fields of anthropology, mythology, and women & gender studies.
My friend Mary and I met Jervis this summer while working on a story for Columbus’ street newspaper, Street Speech. We felt that his words needed heard, so I put together this video. Please feel free to re-post the link.