Lessons in Looking

Lines between reality and surreality.

Like a faint gray smudge sullying a building’s side—the only trace of the burned-down house that once stood next door—my photographs seek out the unexpected ways in which the natural and the man- made are intertwined. Rather than finding an easy division between the two, the images create an artificial naturalness and a natural artificiality. Along the way, I use both so-called “pure” observation and digital alteration; at times, I physically construct my own scenes. Seeing is as active as making: there is no such. . . Read more
Andrew Wagner
Borders

A journey between the lines.

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Madeleine Witt
Of All the Gin Joints in this Town

The opening of the original Richter’s Café in 1982, reopening this month as Ordinary.

Photographs by David Ottenstein Introduced by Katy Osborn When David Ottenstein first photographed Richter’s Café in 1982, it was called the Taft Tap Room and its interior had spent the past decade boarded up, not to mention the past year filled with trash and construction debris from The Taft Hotel’s 1981 conversion into apartments. Still, its future felt more optimistic to Ottenstein, who photographs disintegrating, empty structures. An abandoned Connecticut factory where pipes and broken glass are doubled in rain puddles, an Iowa farmhouse whose. . . Read more
Katy Osborn
Orange, California

Max Saltarelli ’13 photographs the weird side of suburbia in and around his home town of Orange, CA.

Max Saltarelli ’13 photographs the weird side of suburbia in and around his home town of Orange, CA.. . . Read more
Max Saltarelli
Old Guns

These images were taken at the Winchester Arms Factory, which has stood just north of Yale since the late nineteenth century.

These images were taken at the Winchester Arms Factory, which has stood just north of Yale since the late nineteenth century. “I think of these photographs as not only a documentation of urban exploration, but also an example of how sometimes the most beautiful images come from those things that have been long forgotten.” -Sarah Eckinger. . . Read more
Sarah Eckinger
Shots in the Dark

A safari through dioramas in the Peabody Museum.

A safari through dioramas in the Peabody Museum reveals animals foreign to New Haven.. . . Read more
Breanna Jedrzejewski
Shots in the Dark

The site of Indiana Jones’ last crusade in Petra, Jordan.

While an older Harrison Ford hit the streets of New Haven, Benny Sachs revisited the site of Indiana Jones’ last crusade in Petra, Jordan.. . . Read more
Benny Sachs
Shots in the Dark

Finds of the Davenport College photo group.

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Charles Drucker and Han Xu Davenport Photo Group
Shots in the Dark

Hidden saints in New Haven’s urban landscape.

Saint icons have been reproduced over and over in the last two millennia for many reasons: to glorify a religious belief, to establish a local identity, to rally masses, to assert authority, to claim authenticity, to protest, and to sell cards with prayers on the back on the subway. Each reproduction reaffirms the mysterious power of these images and the most interesting reproductions transform their meaning. I wanted to explore the appearance of saints in the contemporary urban landscape of New Haven, from the Virgen. . . Read more
Noah Dobin-Bernstein
Shots in the Dark

The studio of a man who makes violins.

Francis Morris is a violin maker who works out of his home office in Great Barrington, MA in the Berkshires. He creates, rents, repairs, and restores cellos, violins and violas.. . . Read more
Julie Brown Harwood