Blog // Indiana University

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Indiana University Olympic medalist swimmers

Back in August, I photographed a few of Indiana University’s Olympic swimmers after they returned home from the Rio games. I had the opportunity to shoot their portraits for IU social media after a media day availability. Our social media folks were looking for standard shots of each of them holding their medals. After I got that specific shot with each swimmer, I quickly shifted and shot these portraits. I don’t believe they’ve been used before, but it’s an example of shooting something for yourself after you’ve got “the shot” at a shoot. For better or worse, I use a very similar lighting setup on most of my portraits. This setup was an attempt to break out of that. I hung an octabox directly above the subjects and lit them primarily while standing in front of a mostly-collapsed umbrella to try to mimic a ring flash look.

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Blake Pieroni

Blake Pieroni, USA

Lilly King

Lilly King, USA

Kennedy Goss

Kennedy Goss, Canada

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Focus Dance Company visits Indiana University

Zeng Shao Tung

Zeng Shao Tung, a dancer from the Focus Dance Company, rehearses with fellow company dancers and IU students at Indiana University Bloomington on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. More than two dozen dance majors from Taipei National University of the Arts are spending a week of cultural exchange at IU Bloomington. The group’s visit culminates in a joint performance with the IU Contemporary Dance Program on Feb. 24 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. (James Brosher | IU Communications)

Sydney Sizemore

IU senior Sydney Sizemore, right, shares a laugh with a partner from the Focus Dance Company during a class at Indiana University Bloomington on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (James Brosher | IU Communications)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Little 500 Rookie Week

Little 500: Rookie Week

Riders practice pack riding during Little 500 Rookie Week at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Little 500: Rookie Week

Ski Club Cycling rider Megan Huibregtse, right, a member of the riders council, instructs riders during Little 500 Rookie Week at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Indiana University staff merit awards portraits

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to make portraits of a few Indiana University Bloomington employees who will be honored with staff merit awards next week. For the past several weeks, the only portraits I’ve shot have been lit and in the studio. It was refreshing to grab a 50 mm f/1.2 lens and challenge myself to find clean backgrounds in the environments where these staffers work on campus.

Indiana University Bloomington Staff Merit Awards

Gayle Higgins, Ostrom Workshop

Indiana University Bloomington Staff Merit Awards

Connie May, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Indiana University Bloomington Staff Merit Awards

Lee A. Walters, Facility Operations

Indiana University Bloomington Staff Merit Awards

Shing-Shong “Bruce” Shei, Computer Science

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Indiana University Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally

Indiana University Bloomington Homecoming Parade

Indiana University Cheerleaders perform at the pep rally following the IU Bloomington Homecoming Parade on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Indiana University Bloomington Homecoming Parade

Indiana University Marching Hundred Drum Major August Merback applauds a passing high school band as he waits to lead the band in the IU Bloomington Homecoming Parade along Woodlawn Avenue on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Indiana Daily Student bids farewell to Ernie Pyle Hall

On a drizzly day last month, the Indiana Daily Student bid farewell to its beloved newsroom in Ernie Pyle Hall. As a former IDSer, I felt obligated to capture the move. I spent a majority of my college years in that building – specifically in that newsroom – as a student in Indiana University’s School of Journalism Media School. I wouldn’t be where I’m at today had it not been for the experiences I had within those walls. It’s crazy to consider I grew up in a one stoplight town of 2,300 people in rural Indiana and in the past couple months I’ve made pictures for The New York Times and The Washington Post. Before I moved back to Bloomington in 2014, Ernie Pyle Hall was always one of my first stops on visits to Bloomington. It was home. I knew I could walk in there and see old friends and familiar spaces. IU is a large university, but Ernie Pyle Hall made it feel like a small, intimate school. Change is hard sometimes, but I’m optimistic the move to Franklin Hall will work out eventually. I hope the intimate and inclusive feeling of Ernie Pyle Hall endures at Franklin Hall. Maybe someday a former student will wax nostalgic about that building too.

Indiana Daily Student Move

Mayflower moves wheel Ernie Pyle’s desk onto a truck as the Indiana Daily Student moves from Ernie Pyle Hall to new offices in Franklin Hall on Monday, July 18, 2016. Pyle, the famed World War II correspondent, served as editor of the Indiana Daily Student in the summer of 1922. Although he did not graduate from IU, he received the first doctor of humane letters degree IU ever bestowed in 1944. Pyle was killed by a Japanese sniper in the Pacific Theater on April 19, 1945. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Indiana Daily Student Move

Indiana Daily Student Director Ron Johnson, right, laughs with Director of Creative of Marketing and Operations Greg Menkedick as they look through a desk drawer on Monday, July 18, 2016, at the IDS offices in Ernie Pyle Hall. The IDS is relocating to Franklin Hall. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Indiana University Road to Rio Olympics

Last month as Indiana University swimmers and divers trained for the 2016 Rio Olympics, I had the opportunity to photograph a bit of their training in Bloomington. These photos were for “Beneath the Surface“, a special feature put together by IU Communications in partnership with IU Athletics.

Indiana University Road to Rio

Indiana University swimmer Lilly King smiles near the end of a practice on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the Student Recreational Sports Center. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Indiana University Road to Rio

Cody Miller, an Indiana University alumnus, trains in the pool during a practice on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the Student Recreational Sports Center. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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