Case Study

Client: Deborah Krikun

Title: Environmental Protection Collage

Duration: January-May

Team: Erik Reilly

Description: The objective of this project was to raise the awareness and level of concern for the status of the environment of the earth. As most people know, climate change or “global worming” is as serious a threat to our livelihood and our children, as any physical war that takes place today. I wanted to express a staggering fact I learned while researching for the project. The earths average temperature is 2℃. If that temperature raises more than one or two degrees, the earth will experience massive environmental failure, including sea level rise, mass extinction, and drought.

Research: To complete this project I spent some time on can looking for interesting articles that would spark interest and needed to be talked about. I came across an article that interviewed an EPA administrator who stated very plainly that Climate change was the single greatest threat to our generation. This was a great jumping off point for me and I ran with it. I used images from google in my timeline and used some more of the facts from the article in the video as well.

Strategy: I used some special techniques in making the video including most interestingly the exploding earth. I used the position tool as well as the zoom and fade tools to create the spreading apart and disappearing the earth makes. I also used the position tool and the move tool to create the bike moving across the screen.

Challenge: The biggest challenge for me was getting all of my thoughts into a video timeline form. I knew I had ideas I wanted shown on the screen but many of them had to go to fit within the 30 second time limit. I allowed myself to create the storyboard which really helped put things into order in my mind an on paper. This was also the first time I had ever created a timeline in PhotoShop and I have to say it was slightly easier than I had imagined it being.

Final Thoughts: All in all I enjoyed this and all the projects we completed this semester. I learned allot about photoshop i didn’t already know and I also gained a further understanding of the tools and options I already knew well.


Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams in my favorite photographer. He worked mostly with landscapes, traveling the US and other countries to capture some dramatic and inspiring pictures. In 1941, Adams was commissioned by the US National Park Service. This projects goal was to exemplify the natural beauty in our countries national parks.


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As a landscape photographer, I want to replicate these shots. One day when i have the money, time, and correct equipment, I want to make a national parks trip and document in the same style what adams did 70 years ago.

Week 3: Jimmy Chin is my Idol

Instagram: @jimmy_chin

Jimmy Chin is a photographer for publications like outside magazine, mens journal, Alpinist magazine, and others. His art is beautiful. He captures moments with focus that is really important and he always nails the lighting.

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Teton Pass || Follow the light

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Always a good sign

He has incredible range and is not only known for his photography but also for his climbing, hiking, skiing, and snowboarding skills. In fact you could argue that his photography is the “job” that just allows him to get into these crazy situations where his athletic and artistic ability are thrown together.

Jimmy recently produced, filled and stared, in a movie called Meru. About his and 2 other climbers Conrad Anker and Renan Ozturk’s first accent of the Meru Sharks Fin’s east face in India.  It is an incredible story about 3 men who go through allot to get up this mountain. And all the while, battling frostbite and extreme wind conditions, Jimmy Chin documented the whole thing on camera. It is a breathtaking movie and you really should go rent it from iTunes.

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This is Meru’s East Face. Not summited until 2008
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December || Manhattan

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Aerial view of the west side of the Tetons. Apparently winter is on out there….now just counting the days to get back to them hills. (L to R) Mount Owen, the Grand, the Middle and the South Teton.

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This is the absolute dream. Photoshoots, on the slopes, in the Mountains, Thousands of feet above Manhattan. Getting dropped off on the top of the mountain to take a pic of the helicopter and the guy walking away. Sick stuff. I am inspired by Jimmy Chin. I hope that one day maybe i can have my own niche in this Adventure Photography business.



Week 2 Post: A$AP Rocky’s Instagram

A$AP’s Instagram

ASAP Rocky, for those of you who don’t follow rap, is one of the biggest stars in the music business.  He has billions of plays on various music players and his fame is only rising. Rocky, also happens to love fashion and all things new and artistic. he has an ear for music and rhymes, and also an eye for fashion and trends. One Thing Rocky has produced artistically and still continues to, is his Instagram. Early on he had a normal Instagram of a celebrity. Famous people, drinks, expensive things, crazy vacations. Then for weeks he posted nothing. After months of silence, a barrage of blank posts. literally white screens. he posted like 35 images of white in a row to blow up everyones feed. Then blacks and colors and shapes but no full image. Thats until you viewed it a certain way.




I think its incredible. I love how the white faded into grey, into black, into him in silhouette. He makes these mini collages, and uses separate frames to make one larger frame.


Heres the rub. This artwork cost him 100,000 followers.



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No matter how many followers he has. His Art is awesome and its something completely new and creative that I really respect.



Week 1 Post: Concussions

Here is a link to a pretty interesting infographic about concussions in the NFL. The is something I’m rather interested in because I know that the work going into learning about and treating concussions will be the first real scientific studies in the area. These studies are incredibly important in order to help younger generations.

I fear that football will slowly become one of the less popular sports in schools around the country because of this new research coming out showing the effects of multiple head injuries in players and children. President Obama has already stated that if he had a son he would not play football for just this reason. Its proving to be dangerous to the development of children and it can cause serious health risks in adults and into their futures.

Football organizations, like the NFL, USA football, and other youth organizations around the country need to put money and time into researching the safest and most effective helmets and pads. The football world needs an advance in technology and allot more information about the science behind concussions, or else the sport as we know it may crumble.