Category: Photography Club

Fine arts photographer crosses over, fashionably

By , November 7, 2013 11:37 am

Jordan Tiberio faces a type of conundrum not unfamiliar to students who fully explore their craft: “I won a fashion shooting contest, but I’m a fine arts photographer,” says the recent winner of the Western Digital (WD) Fashion Walk. “I’m used to taking things from memories and my past and recreating them in an artistic manner. I’m more into fine arts than fashion. But the contest sounded like a cool concept,” she said.

Winning photo: Jordan Tiberio

The Fashion Walk competition took place along the High Line and was overseen and judged by WD’s “creative master,” photographer Bruce Dorn. The setup consisted of four groups, with two photographers, a fashion designer and model in each.

“It was this big FIT collaboration,” said Tiberio. “FIT makes you try everything and pushes your comfort zone.  It gave me more confidence.  I like staging stuff and making things up. You don’t know if you like something until you try it.”

Within a 40 minute time frame and a four block radius, participants worked on their creative concepts. “I used a lot of special affects filters on my lens. I cover my lens with scarves or crystals to create ethereal images. I picked up the techniques on my own,” said Tiberio. “We found an area wrapped in mesh material. I had [the model] crawl underneath the mesh and then stand up behind it.”

Photo: Jordan Tiberio

“We like to create challenges that require students to think outside their discipline,” says Associate Dean Sass Brown, who with photography professor Curtis Willocks, helped organize the competition.

“People have different approaches. I threw Jordan in there to mix things up,” said Willocks. “She used filters that people haven’t used for 10 to 15 years. She took an old process and did something different with it. She created [the image] in camera–She didn’t have to use any post production. There it was in the camera. Bang!”

Photo: Jordan Tiberio

Tiberio grew up in Rochester, NY, an area steeped both in photography history and in fine arts.  “We went to the George Eastman (founder of Kodak) House every year in elementary school. We have the Memorial Art Gallery. My mom’s mother was an art teacher and my grandmother was a really good artist.”

“I tried to not make my work look like the High Line or the city. I used a lot of special affect filters on my lens. I just picked the techniques on  my own. So that’s what I brought. It was the one that won the contest. ”

A day with Bruce Dorn, the “relentless pursuer of beauty,” and Curtis Willocks the “teacher’s teacher,” Jordan’s the winner.



photos provided by Jordan Tiberio


The soul of the self-portrait

By , September 7, 2012 6:50 pm

From September 13 to November 11 photographic self-portraits will be on exhibit in the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center  (D lobby), located on the corner of 7th Avenue and 27th St. They are the works of members of the Photography Club.

“For the past 18 years I have been a d.j. Whenever I’ve been alone, I’ve played records and recorded myself.  I’ve never thrown away a recording and now have thousands of mixes on reel-to-reel tapes, cassettes, mini discs, CDs and digital files.  I have in a sense, been creating self-portraits. Every recording captured a moment in my life, who I was at different periods throughout the years.”

“My interest has now shifted to photography and I’ve been concentrating on self-portraits again, but this time in a visual format. After all of these years of music playing in my ears, when I take photos,  sometimes for 10 hours at a time, I shoot in complete silence.

“I start with my surroundings, maybe a familiar place in my neighborhood. In a glimpse, I see the beauty of something quite ordinary and the space becomes my stage, a jumping off point for my imagination.  I run with my tripod, grab my camera and photograph myself. I pose without any thought, only instinct. I put myself in irrational inexplicable poses and places.

“When I look at the images afterwards, they  make sense to me. They reflect the inner depths of who I am. Subconscious feelings unintentionally come out in my photos. It’s a fascinating journey.”


Text and photo by Alison Tara, Photo club member.

large format, large ambition

By , February 21, 2012 5:15 pm

“It’s slowing her down–she’s running back and forth re-composing, changing little things–She’s constructing her image,” said Curtis Willocks of Justyna Fijalska’s experience with the large format view camera with a Polaroid back. The photography club met this weekend to explore the capabilities of  the 8×10 camera.

Photo Club member, Justyna Fijalska w/ large format camera

“I remember mentioning to a class ’8×10 photography’ and 80 percent of the class had no idea what I was talking about,” said Willocks, adviser to the Photo Club.

“I feel like this type of photography will disappear one day,” said Justyna. “It’s more fun for me. I can control the process more,” she said pausing to wait for the image to form on the Polaroid film.

The photo club is open to all FIT students.

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