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ADVERTISING DESIGN ALUM CREATES A KNOCKOUT PHOTO

Hue has long been a fan of photographer Alex Bitar, Advertising Design ’92.  He shoots for a wide variety of clients, including Aéropostale and Polo Ralph Lauren, but he also takes some amazing pictures on his own.

“These two just went at each other for a whole match, but it wasn’t personal. That’s what struck me: They instantly put it all behind them,” Bitar says.

Bitar took the image at a mixed martial-arts event.  (Mixed martial arts is a full-contact combat sport. Considered dangerous by some, it became legal in New York only in 2013.)

In the spring, Artworks ADL, the art exhibition fundraising arm of the Anti-Defamation League, an organization that works to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and advocate for justice and fairness for all, asked Bitar to submit a piece for the show they mounted to mark their 100-year anniversary.  The exhibition, entitled, “Imagine a World Without Hate,” appeared in June at the Benrimon Gallery in Chelsea.

Hue is down with this theme, and this photo.  We all have interpersonal conflicts; that’s life. It’s hard to remember, sometimes, that the other person is human too.  Thanks for reminding us, Mr. Bitar.

HUE GETS REALLY REALLY CLOSE TO 35,000 BEES

In the latest issue of Hue, Nick Parisse, Photography and the Digital Image ’09, takes readers on a tour of his beehive. Flip through the issue online here; the bee feature appears on page 14-15.

Hue got up close and personal with the bees over the summer. Check out this video by Alex Joseph, Hue‘s managing editor, as, bare-handed (!!), he goes “into the hive” with Parisse. Note: Turn up the volume on your speakers to hear dialogue at the beginning.)

Watch as, at approximately 1:30, Parisse taps 30 bees onto his bare hand. And, at about 2:50, a special appearance by the queen bee herself!

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Lexi Parisse, Fashion Design ’09, who owns her own green fiber business, can also be glimpsed, standing at a safe remove.

And here’s a mesmerizing closeup video of Nick’s bees. The queen has a yellow dot painted on her back.

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These bees are amazing creatures, but Hue will probably wait in the car next time.

WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE FIT PROFESSOR?

Polly Whitehorn, Fashion Design ’75, who appeared in Hue’s summer issue, was delighted to encounter a former professor last year after many years.

Whitehorn, who practices art photography when she’s not working at eCareDiary, participated in the  Long Island Center of Photography’s free family portrait day at the African American Museum of Nassau County. “Many in the underserved community had never had their portrait taken,” she says.

An elderly couple stepped up for a sitting. Whitehorn didn’t recognize them at first.

Whitehorn’s photo of Mrs. Burke and her close friend.

Whitehorn says: “When the woman opened her mouth, I realized it was Mrs. Burke, Beverly Burke, my first and favorite professor at FIT! She taught the required professional sewing course. She wanted us to leave the methods of ‘loving hands’ at home and learn to sew according to industry standards. She left such an impression on me. I took the class during the summer. It was about 98 degrees with no air conditioning, and in she walks, wearing a beautifully tailored suit, her makeup perfectly applied, not a bead of perspiration anywhere. All I wanted to do was sew like Mrs. Burke.”

Who was your favorite professor? Tell us in the comments below.

HUE EMBARKS ON A LOVE AFFAIR WITH AN APP CALLED INSTAGRAM

It’s July.  Hue’s mind is melting.  We feel like our attention span has turned into a formless, oozy substance.  We drizzle it over things.

We have discovered a photography app called Instagram.  Yesterday, we walked around FIT and experienced the college through the app’s various filters.

This rather testy individual was spotted on 27 Street. He wore fur, which he came by honestly.

Instagram makes us nostalgic for everything, even that which is occurring in the present.

Someone in FIT’s library made this collage featuring the queen, versions old and new.

We actually find ourselves nostalgic about our current reading material:

“The Dentist,” a story from Mary Gaitskill’s Because They Wanted To. Truly remarkable.

 

Or this whorl of gelato, which tempted us:  (We didn’t give in.)

Hue’s new iPhone lets us crop photos for the first time. Very exciting.

There’s so much beauty to pluck and savor.  Instagram shows that you can find it quite nearby—even on a co-worker’s desk:

This particular co-worker has a degree in horticulture.

What’s on your mind right now?  What’s beautiful?  Take a picture of it with your cell phone, and send it to Hue.  If we get enough entries, we’ll do a roundup on the blog; if we’re overwhelmed with submissions, we’ll do a feature in the magazine.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY ALUMNA LEAVES ZERO CHILDREN BEHIND

Most FIT grads are snapped up by the industry soon after commencement, and sometimes well before. But not everyone straps on the nine-to-five harness so quickly. Caitie McCabe, Photography ’10, enrolled in City Year and spent the year in Baton Rouge, LA, helping at-risk kids graduate the eighth grade.

McCabe, who photographed the International Trade and Marketing practicum in India for the summer 2012 issue of Hue, worked as a tutor and mentor in English and Math for sixth through eighth grade. “My entire job was to care about these kids,” she says.

A red badge of courage. Photo by Caitie McCabe '10.

Unfortunately, No Child Left Behind leaves behind lots of children who don’t pass the standardized tests after fourth and eighth grades. Some kids (and their parents) don’t grasp its importance. Others are sick on test day. Still more get stuck with a lousy teacher that year, or have an undiagnosed learning disability. And because of Hurricane Katrina, an entire class of students wasn’t tested for disabilities, and many student files were lost. “Then you have a kid who’s 16 or 17 and in eighth grade, and high school and college seem further and further away.”

Pregnancy is also a threat to high-school graduation. McCabe says that most of the school districts don’t teach sex ed, and MTV’s 16 and Pregnant glamorizes teenage pregnancy.

Students leaving school with a TGIF skip to their step. Photo by Caitie McCabe '10.

The work wasn’t easy. Originally 10 volunteers worked at the school. By the end of the year, that number had been whittled to four. The team leader quit from loneliness. Another tutor took at job at the local fire department.

Most City Year volunteers, she says, do it as a resume-builder for graduate school. McCabe did it partly to see if she wanted to become a teacher. She was thrilled to see that all of her eighth graders graduated–but she found that teaching wasn’t for her.

Considering what she went through, Hue is not surprised.