“Cover”ing a Year

Sorry for the lack of activity, but as an update, I wanted to document some of my favorite covers I have shot and designed/helped design over the past school year for The Towerlight. Doing cover is a stressful and at times lengthy process, but I love photos, I love typography, and I love Photoshop, so designing cover gives me a chance to use my creativity like no other job does. I’ve learned so much from each cover, and getting to work with other creative-minded people to create something is always rewarding.

It’s especially cool to see a photo I’ve taken as simple as a file photo, as was the case for “Eyes on West,” or from a photo shoot, like “Mr 1,000,” or just a luckily timed shot, as was the case for “We Are One,” become cover image. Afterwards, finding the perfect marriage of type and photo is challenging at times, but it is most certainly fun.

Below, you can find links to the articles to which these covers correspond.

We Are One

Shakespeare’s New Groove

Hail to the Tigers

Intersecting Identities

Mr. 1,000

Eyes on West

Reading into History

Between Realms

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Doctor Who, Daleks, and TARDISes Oh My!

Doctor Who and Doctor Who merchandise is so ubiquitous in England that’s a strange experience for an American Whovian! So much Classic Who too–it truly is a part of the culture.

The Daleks pictured are in the Marchpane Bookstore, a shop which specializes in children’s books, especially versions of Alice in Wonderland. The police box/TARDIS is the one right outside the Earl’s Court Tube Station. (My brother and I walked right past it at first–I guess that faulty Chameleon Circuit worked well enough on us!)

Spring Awakening

The Towson University Drama Department only does a musical once every two years, and luckily enough for me, this year happened to be one of them. Musicals are my lifeblood, so I was ecstatic for months ahead of time about shooting it.

The show blew me away with its performances–these images cannot completely capture the intensity of the songs, especially songs such as “The Bitch of Living” and “Totally Fucked,” which were louder and much more in-your-face than their Broadway counterparts. It was a really interesting interpretation, and just exemplified why I so love theatre. And I had tears streaming down my face as I was shooting “The Song of Purple Summer,” so it was pretty darn good. I can’t wait until I get to shoot another musical!

Fun fact: when I first shot this, I had over 1000 images, then as I was going to choose which ones to post, I got it down to 102, then further edited myself down to these. Whew! The images of “The Dark I Know Well” and “The Word of Your Body (Reprise)” are two of my favorites (though in a totally non-vain move, I made the image from “The Song of Purple Summer” my desktop background.)

This event was originally shot on April 22nd, 2013 and the Towerlight article on it can be found here.

TigerFest 2013

Oh, TigerFest! TigerFest is an event held every year at Towson University, a spring festival full of different music performances. This year, the headliner was Wiz Khalifa, but due to a complex series of events, mostly consisting of an ominous thunderstorm, the event ended up being cancelled.

The day began with delays, and us at the Towerlight wondering if there would even be a TigerFest. Eventually, the event got underway, and Breathe Carolina got to perform in the pouring rain, and then Super Mash Bros. performed until they were stopped because there were calls for lightning. Everyone was evacuated to the Towson Center, where they waited until the event was eventually cancelled. All of us were pretty exhausted and soaked at the end of it all.

What a day!

This event was originally shot on April 19th, 2013 and the Towerlight article on it can be found here.

Curse of the Starving Class

When I heard there was an opportunity to shoot one of the plays at Towson, I jumped on the opportunity. In high school, I became a Thespian, so while I’m not on the stage anymore, I love being able to photograph those who are in the spotlight.

The play was on the depressing side, to say the least, presenting a the middle-class Americans struggling to get by. The show even featured a lamb who [SPOILER ALERT] ends up getting cooked at the end of the show. (No lambs were actually harmed in this production, of course.) The lighting and set were gorgeous and really cool to shoot.

This event was originally shot March 4th, 2013 and the Towerlight article about it can be found here.