Thursday is open studio time for professional portraits

Demand is high for professional headshots from various departments and units. To accommodate the requests, University photographer, Dan Moore, is holding open studio hours. Individuals are welcome to drop in anytime during the open hours. Groups of five or more should provide Moore with advanced notice at moored@uwgb.edu. This opportunity is for new employees or those who have not had a professional portrait in the past two years. The newly remodeled studio is located in CL 820. Next open time: Thursday, Jan. 12, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Artist in residence: Brittanie Bondie and moon light

A colleague calls our attention to the work of Brittanie Bondie, a recent MFA graduate of the University of Florida in photography, who is spending the academic year as artist-in-residence at UW-Green Bay through generous support from the 1923 Fund. Bondie is teaching and working on a new creative project using the light of the moon to expose photos.  We’ll have more on her work at a later date, but in the meantime, check out her project blog at \http://b2b2b2b2b2b2b2b2b2b2b2.blogspot.com

Photos: Red moon over Green Bay

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Staff member Dan Moore of UW-Green Bay caught these images of the full lunar eclipse Sunday night, Sept. 27. In full eclipse, the moon appears coppery red even when passing through the earth’s shadow because of diffused light bouncing off this planet’s atmosphere. Sky watchers were especially excited because the eclipse occurred during a full moon period in which the moon’s orbit was at its closest to earth, making it appear larger. Moore, an art photographer, is a web marketing and data specialist with the UW-Green Bay Office of Outreach and Adult Access.

Entries sought for alumni art show at Reunion Days

UW-Green Bay’s Alumni Association is looking for alumni photographers who use their camera to make a difference. Do they offer their talent to support non-profit causes? Do they photograph specific people, places and things to educate others, build awareness or draw attention to an issue? If so, the Association might display their art in an alumni photography show during Alumni Reunion Days this fall. If interested, please e-mail Director of Alumni Relations Kari Moody or call (920) 465-2226 by Sept. 15.

Photographer Becker has sideline view of the storied Green Bay Packers

becker-top-storyMatt Becker has a front row seat for one of the most historic franchises in the NFL, the Green Bay Packers.

The 2008 Communication graduate is a team assistant photographer for the Packers and associate photo editor for digital media at ESPN.

“Sports were a big part of my life when I was growing up, and living in Wisconsin I was a big Packers fan,” Becker said. “So having a front row seat to one of the most historic franchises in the NFL is a dream come true. There is no better feeling than seeing a big play unfold right in front of you and than capturing that moment on the camera.”

Sometimes the moments between plays offer the greatest opportunities, such as Becker’s shot capturing Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers squeezing the bicep of NFL referee, Ed Hochuli, who is famous for his bodybuilding physique (and pride in his pipes).

aaron-rodgers“I was honored when this photo was selected and displayed by the NFL Hall of Fame as an honorable mention Best Feature Shot of 2012.”

Becker tries not to get caught up in the games, he would rather have that big moment captured with his camera so it can be shared. He said his head is always on a swivel when shooting a game because his work is not done after a play is over. He looks to capture the reactions of players and coaches to those moments.

He first developed an interest in photography in high school while working for his hometown newspaper, The Rhinelander Daily News. He attended OrgSmorg, the annual Student Life event, where he met Prof. Victoria Goff, adviser to the school newspaper, The Fourth Estate. He joined the student newspaper that semester as a photographer and sports writer.

He was also a member of the Phoenix Pep Band, which meant hectic game nights. During Phoenix games he would grab his trumpet and play a song with the Pep Band, before running to the sidelines with his camera to get the game winning shot.

Matt Becker
Matt Becker

“My photography wouldn’t be where it is today if it wasn’t for UWGB alumnus/photographer Matt Ludtke,” Becker said. Becker first met Ludtke while shooting a Phoenix women’s basketball game. “During one of the timeouts he showed me a couple things on the camera that would make shooting sports easier. I still communicate with him today, whether it’s borrowing camera equipment, photography advice or in passing each other along the sidelines at Lambeau Field.”

One of his favorite memories is photographing the Phoenix women’s basketball team as they took on UConn during the 2007 NCAA Division I tournament in Connecticut. It was double duty again that night… utilizing a press pass to shoot the game while also playing with the pep band.

During college Becker worked internships with both the University’s Office of Marketing and Communication and the Green Bay Packers marketing department. After graduation he worked for InCompetition Sports and served as a free-lance photographer for the Green Bay Press-Gazette and The Business News. He maintained his contacts with the Packers and helped them with some event photography.

While shooting a training camp practice for the Press-Gazette, he was approached about becoming a photographer for the Packers public relations department. It was an offer he couldn’t refuse. He is now an assistant team photographer.

Days of fighting off frostbite at the “frozen tundra,” are worth it, says Becker, who works home games and has also traveled to Minneapolis and Detroit this past season. He continues covering non-game day events, as well, and works during the off-season with the team’s photo archives.

Becker divides time between work with the Packers and sports network, ESPN. He edits photos for the ESPN website and their affiliates, and has created feature photo galleries for the Super Bowl, ESPN New York and NFL websites.

“Growing up, I never would have dreamed I’d have a key to Lambeau Field, let alone be able to photograph the games,” Becker said. “I still find myself smiling when I turn on to Lombardi Avenue knowing I’m going to work at Lambeau Field.”
Story by 2014 UW-Green Bay graduate Cheyenne Makinia

Outreach division’s Moore, crediting late photo prof, featured in online profile

Division of Outreach and Adult Access staffer Dan Moore credits the late Prof. Jerry Dell for helping to inspire his love of photography in a recent online profile published by The Candid Frame photography podcast. Moore ’00, a web, marketing and data specialist with the division, remembers Dell telling his photo classes to capture “black blacks, white whites, and a lively range of grays,” advice that he’d unexpectedly put to good use years later — and still relies upon today in photographing the National Parks, his specialty. The in-depth profile also covers photography themes, technique and gear, showing several of Moore’s photos from various National Parks. You can check it out, here.

A look through the lens of the young

Award-winning digital photography instructor (and ’06 UW-Green Bay graduate) Tammy Resulta shared a gallery of her students work (and photos of students themselves) as part of the Introduction to Fine Art Digital Photography summer camp. Students learned about the editing process, composition, and other skills involved in the creation of dramatic imagery, they also examined the work of famous photographers such as Sally Mann and David LaChapelle. Says Resulta, the assignment was to “step outside the ‘auto’ mode and use aperture, shutter, and manual mode, as well as exploring some Photoshop techniques.” Enjoy!

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Photos submitted by Tammy Resulta

Slideshow: Photos from an eventful spring

Art exhibits, a native pow wow, various awards programs, observance of cultural traditions, the inaugural LGBTQ graduation celebration…  a busy University campus can be a photographer’s delight. Continue reading “Slideshow: Photos from an eventful spring”

Tech/sci-fi photographer will be visiting guest lecturer April 25

Art educator and photographer Sam Davis of Los Angeles will discuss his work in a visiting lecture Monday, April 25, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Studio Arts Room 411. The session is free and open to the public. Davis makes images that reference his family history (his father had once been a participant in an atomic test during the 1950’s) and combine obscure technology, science fiction and childhood fantasy to call into question notions regarding memory, nostalgia, imagination and pulp/cyber folklore. Davis teaches full time at The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Prof. Sarah Detweiler of the Arts and Visual Design faculty is arranging the visit. To see a representative image of Davis’s work.