Trashy…

Today, The Chronicle posted another photo essay of the Special Projects Section: “Trashy.” A senior went for a walk on campus and, as she wandered around, found out that “a problem has settled over our gothic wonderland—a big, trashy one.” Check the photo essay out!

These images reminded me of an assignment I had a couple of weeks ago for Towerview, the magazine published by The Chronicle. They asked me to take photos of little known places on campus. I live across from Duke’s East Campus where there’s a bench that is kind of hidden behind a tree. In the summer, sitting on the bench while reading (in spite of the mosquitoes!) is quite a lovely experience. And in the fall, it’s just nice to sit on the bench and see how the leaves of the trees change colors. So I grabbed my camera, found a neat angle, and took a few pictures. When I was ready to leave and find another place to photograph, I took a peek of my photos… and noticed a disturbing detail. Can you notice it too?…

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Chainletter…

My friend Teresa and two of her friends in her Improv group decided to do a 48-hour experiment. They gathered on Friday evening to write a short comedy sketch, and yesterday we got together to film it. I was, of course, the director of photography. Lots of fun and creativity! Between yesterday and today, Teresa edited the final version of “Chainletter.”

See what happens when Katie decides NOT to forward a chain letter! Don’t make her mistake and forward this “chain letter” post. Enjoy!…

Most Theoretical Photobombing Ever…

If you’re into critical theory, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and Marxism, you’ll immediately recognize the guy on the right -well, I hope that at this point, you’d recognize me on the left too, hehe.

Like I mentioned before, Slavoj Žižek visited Duke this week to give a series of seminars about culture, psychoanalysis, movies, popular culture, “and so on.” Since he has been very influential in my college and graduate education, I asked him if I could get a photo with him before he left today. And he agreed! So here it is, my photo with Žižek… photobombed by Fred Jameson, one of the big theorists in the world.

This is probably the most theoretical photobombing ever. I mean, if you’re a geeky graduate student in the Humanities, how couldn’t you get excited about a photo portraying one of them and photobombed by the other one?…

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New Life as a Blue Devil – Part Three…

Today The Chronicle published the last part of “New Life as a Blue Devil.” Lesley Chen-Young’s photoessay “combines visual scenes from East Campus as well as the purest forms of social media expression: excerpts from the infamous ‘anonymous Twitter,’ Yik Yak.”

Sounds like fun, right? Enjoy!..

http://www.dukechronicle.com/articles/2014/11/19/new-life-blue-devil-part-iii

New Life as a Blue Devil – Part II…

Today, The Chronicle published the second photoessay of the “New Life as a Blue Devil” series. If yesterday’s photos mostly represented a fun side of studying, today Emily Waples portrays diverse social activities that are very characteristic of a freshman’s daily life at Duke. As she puts it, “these images show moments and places particularly pertinent to freshmen, but no doubt experienced by all students at one point or another during their Duke careers.” Here’s the link! Hope you enjoy it!…

http://www.dukechronicle.com/articles/2014/11/18/new-life-blue-devil-part-ii

PS. I attended a talk about psychoanalysis given by Slavoj Žižek, a famous Slovenian philosopher, today. Of course, I brought my camera and got a few photos. I might even write a short article at the end of this week to practice my news writing! We’ll see…

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(Duke University. 11/18/14…)