Posts tagged: Curtis Willocks

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


Merry Christmas from the FIT Photo Club!

By , December 24, 2012 10:19 pm

Santa Plasman with a little cherrub. Santa Plasman is the father of photography club president Emily Plasman

Santa arrived earlier this month at Calumet Photo on W. 22nd Street, invited by the FIT Photo Club. The event, open to the neighborhood, drew in many children of all ages. The club, advised by Prof. Curtis Willocks, offers its best wishes to all for 2013.
photo: Jen Plas

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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photo by Rachel Ellner

Polar Bear sighting at Coney Island

By , January 13, 2012 12:56 pm

To start the New Year shuttering, photography instructor Curtis Willocks takes his photo club to Coney Island on New Year’s day. There another club meets:  It’s the Polar Bears‘ yearly pilgrimage and first swim of the New Year.  

                      The  Coney Island Polar Bear Club’s New Year’s Day swim 
These bears and their onlookers come in all sizes, shapes and costumes.  “It’s like an arts festival,” says Willocks who has been coaxing students to photograph the Polar Bear’s first swim since 1987. There’s the Rubby Ducky and Metro Man and other strange people. There’s some people in bathing who shouldn’t be in bathing suits.  We go and have fun.” And yes, confirms Willocks. “We all swim.”
             “It’s like an arts festival down there” says Willocks

It’s a tradition now. After the swim Willocks’ group goes to a Vietnamese restaurant. “We eat for two or three hours. It’s the way we start the New Year.”

                        The Polar Bears Club’s first swim of the New Year
According to The Coney Island Polar Bear Club website, the Club was founded in 1903 by Bernarr Macfadden.  The “Father of Physical Culture,” Macfadden was an advocate of physical fitness and natural foods. 

Photos  by: FIT photography student and Polar Bear enthusiast Arina  Malukova

Photo Book Exhibit in D-Lobby

By , June 29, 2011 6:52 pm

It just got easier to get published if you’re a member Curtis Willocks’ Photo Club or Introduction to Digital Photography course.  In fact, publishing an e- photo book is a class assignment, making this exhibit currently on view in the D lobby a rather professional collection of homework assignments.

Timothy Colose, author of “The Journey: Ten Days Around America”

“Most people take a thousand pictures in one photo shoot, put them on their computer and hardly look at them again,” says Timothy Colose, a member of the Photo Club and recent BFA photography grad.  “People put a value on a book. They’ll pour over it in a way they wouldn’t on a screen. You can feel the cover, the pages. The book even has a smell. That’s something you don’t get enough of in the modern world.”

Colose’s book “The Journey: Ten Days Around America,” is the culmination of photographs taken on a 10-day trip around the perimeter of the U.S.  It was a time when Beth, his girlfriend  “bonded with the cat,” jokes Colose.

“It’s a great project Prof. Willocks tells Colose about his work. “But I wouldn’t stop. I’d take a refined version and hit different countries.”

Brandon Brinkley, a summer school student in fashion & photography, peruses photo books in D lobby.

Adrian Saich making the rounds of photo books in the D Lobby

The book themes are diverse — portrait, self-portrait, nature, family documentation, self-expression. “Look at this book,” says Willocks pointing to one called “Learn How to Swim.”  “There’s another on Windgate Park in Flatbush.”  The student book author “went in and talked to gang members. It took time but she persuaded them to talk to her.”

Colose  says his e-book gives him a greater presence professionally. “This can go on a resume or cover letter. Having a book makes it part of the world.”

The D lobby at FIT is located on the ground floor of the D building at the corner of 27 St & 7th Avenue. The e-photo book exhibit remains on display through August 2011.

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