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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Wet plate collodion workshop

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to do a two-day wet plate collodion workshop with the great Dale Bernstein here in Bloomington at the FAR Center for Contemporary Arts. I have always been curious about the process and came into it without really any prior experience. My background was much different than the other folks in the workshop. I walked away with a great respect for everyone who is able to create beautiful images using this process. It’s incredibly hard. Really hard. I made a few images (poorly), but really loved the deliberate thought process that goes into creating each image. It’s something that can easily be lost today with digital cameras. I’d love to give it another shot again soon although it might be hard to convince my wife to keep potassium cyanide around the house with a newborn.

A bouquet of flowers is pictured during a Wet Plate Collodion Workshop at the FAR Center for Contemporary Arts in Bloomington, Indiana on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. (Photo by James Brosher)
James Brosher is pictured in a self-portrait during a Wet Plate Collodion Workshop at the FAR Center for Contemporary Arts in Bloomington, Indiana on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. (Photo by James Brosher)

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

New school year apparel at IUPUI

Here are a few images from a recent fashion-esque photo shoot at IUPUI. My task was to show new apparel available at the school’s bookstore. I don’t fancy myself as much of a fashion photographer, but I tried to treat this shoot as a miniature version of a fashion shoot. Armed with a couple of Profoto B1s, I shot all the models – student employees at the bookstore – within about a 50-yard radius of the store at the IUPUI Campus Center.

IUPUI student Harshal Dhamade poses for a portrait during a IUPUI apparel fashion photo shoot at the Campus Center on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018.

IUPUI student Naeema Patel poses for a portrait during a IUPUI apparel fashion photo shoot at the Campus Center on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Summer at Indiana University

After May, things tend to slow down considerably on campus and this year has been no exception. I’ve had fewer big shoots and more small, one-off assignments. Here are a few favorites from a mix of interesting shoots so far this summer:

Indiana University Bloomington senior Sade Roberson, an intern at the West Baden Springs Hotel, poses for a portrait at the hotel on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Indiana University Bloomington senior Sade Roberson, an intern at the West Baden Springs Hotel, poses for a portrait at the hotel on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

IUPUI Undergraduate Admissions Senior Coordinator Jennifer Zotz gives an IUPUI Jaguar roar to a youngster at the IU booth during Indiana Black Expo's 48th Summer Celebration in Indianapolis on Friday, July 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

IUPUI Undergraduate Admissions Senior Coordinator Jennifer Zotz gives an IUPUI Jaguar roar to a youngster at the IU booth during Indiana Black Expo’s 48th Summer Celebration in Indianapolis on Friday, July 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Indiana University graduate profiles

This spring my department worked on a project profiling a graduating senior at each of Indiana University’s campuses. The result was a combined video as well as a series of individual videos profiling students across the state. Working alongside our video guys, I captured candids and portraits of each student.

Graduate Gabriela Jaimes walks across the stage to receive her degree during the Indiana University Northwest Commencement at the Genesis Convention Center in Gary on Thursday, May 10, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Graduate Gabriela Jaimes walks across the stage to receive her degree during the Indiana University Northwest Commencement at the Genesis Convention Center in Gary on Thursday, May 10, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Emily Edwards, a graduating senior at IUPUC, laughs as she participates in a ukulele club meeting on campus in Columbus on Thursday, April 5, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Emily Edwards, a graduating senior at IUPUC, laughs as she participates in a ukulele club meeting on campus in Columbus on Thursday, April 5, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Stars of HGTV’s ‘Good Bones’

This is a quick portrait I shot recently of the mother-daughter duo – and Indiana University alumnae – who star in HGTV’s, “Good Bones”, a home renovation show filmed in Indianapolis’ resurgent Fountain Square neighborhood.

Mina Starsiak Hawk, Karen E Laine

Mina Starsiak Hawk, left, and Karen E Laine pose for a photo on the porch of their office in Indianapolis on Thursday, May 18, 2017. The mother-daughter team are the stars of HGTV’s “Good Bones” where they rehab homes in Indianapolis’ Fountain Square neighborhood. Starsiak Hawk is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington and Laine is a graduate of the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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