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The Media Arts Center

September 13, 2009


Yes, the brand spankin’ new Media Arts Center is now up and running at Holyoke Community College. Above is a prototype plan for the center initially proposed by Professor Robert Aller in 1977. Over 30 years in the making, the final MAC is now outfitted with Apple computers (rather than the Windows machine pictured above).

I am hesitant to release any photographs of the new facility before our brochure goes to press. Here’s my Basic Photography class as they appreciate the “feng shui” dynamics of the critique room.


First lesson of Basic Photography–Don’t place yourself at the sides of a picture when you know the photographer is using a wide angle lens. I even transformed the distortion to try to make the students on the right and left look more normal. You’ll just have to take my word for it.

Second lesson of Basic Photography– The people at the back of the room are not midgets or munchkins, but also normal people similar in characteristics as the students on the far right and left.

Third lesson of Basic Photography– Rather than letting this distortion of human proportions ruin the picture, as in the above example, use it to your advantage to make a better picture. See below.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Professor Robert Aller permalink
    September 13, 2009 12:03 pm

    FUNNY!!!! The picture at the top is a riot to say the least, but the scary thing is that the photograph isn’t too far off from the time I began this odyssey of trying to put together a serious photography program respected by the local and regional art communities. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that it looks like you and I in the photograph, but the primitive digital darkroom might have looked like that when I first began this journey.


    • September 13, 2009 1:30 pm

      The guy in the background of the old b/w photo looks more like Lyle Lovett than me. I love his suspenders.

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