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…)

Photography Special Projects – The Chronicle

Today, Duke’s daily The Chronicle launched a new online section: Photography Special Projects. And guess who’s the editor? Yup, me!

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This section has a documentary twist. Using diverse media such as photos, text, audio, video in creative ways, our projects will document diverse aspects about Duke. For instance, this week we’ll post three projects by freshmen depicting their first months as Blue Devils: vignettes of students at the library, or socializing in a dorm while eating an ice cream, or just sunbathing lying on the grass, plus fun captions complementing the images. Each project individually portrays an aspect of being a freshman at Duke. But when seeing the three projects as a whole, one can get the big picture of what the real deal is like.

Today we posted the first part of this tryptic. Check it out!

http://www.dukechronicle.com/articles/2014/11/17/new-life-blue-devil

In the next weeks, we’ll also post photo essays about problematic issues such as trash on campus and profiles about Duke’s workers. We also aim to represent the bond between the university and Durham. That’s why, as I mentioned before, I’m working on a project about a new chicken wing business, Heavenly Buffaloes.

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I’m very excited about the responsibility this new section involves, and hope you enjoy the projects I’ll share in the next weeks on the blog!…

1000-Point Cook…

Quinn Cook is the current captain of Duke men’s basketball team. Last night he reached the 1000-point milestone in his 4-year career as a Blue Devil as Duke beat Fairfax 109-59.

Quinn was my student in the Spanish course I taught in the summer so I’m very happy for his achievement. I hope his performances will make Duke win this year’s ACC and, who knows, the NCAA as well. We’ll see!…

IMG_0286(Duke vs. Central Missouri, 11/8/14…)