• The Memorial of Bradford Killen

    Photo Editor’s note: I mentioned yesterday that a former photo editor, Jeff Heimsath, once said he had “never seen a photo of a back that [he] liked”, a good rule of thumb that attempt to instruct young photographers to get in front of their subjects. But as I said, sometimes it works. Or, at least, the photographer makes the best of the situation. Especially when there are three. Shadows don’t hurt, either. This photo was taken at the memorial of Bradford Killen, a UT student who died during a study abroad trip in Prague. It’s a serene photo that captures the quiet respect paid to the student by the attendees. -Lawrence Peart

    Pearce Murphy is a current Daily Texan Photo tryout.

  • Weekend Isolation

    Photo Editor’s note: A trio of images from over the weekend. Three separate photographers bringing back images of isolation, though all with a different feel and context. The first one, by Gabriella Belzer, shows a observer taking a look at the Hope Outdoor Gallery Project off Lamar, and capitalizes on a juxtaposition between the man’s head and the print in the background, helped in some way by a “No trespassing” sign in the upper right corner that adds a forbidden, somewhat distant atmosphere to a well-layered image. The second photograph, by Alejandro Silveyra, has a touch more humour, a man and his dog share a moment on the Lamar pedestrian bridge. It’s a simple moment but has strong lines and a thoughtful dog that helps tie the image together. The third, by Darice Chavira, has three distinct sections to the photograph that emphasize the isolated nature of a young female runner tying her hair in the window of the Texas Union. A subtly lit wall, an empty window frame, and then the occupied frame help keep the eye bouncing back and forth between the lines of the photograph. Jeff Heimsath, photo editor from the spring of 2011, once said that he “has never seen a photo of a back that he liked”, a good point considering that almost all back photos would look much better from the front but also sound advice instructing young photographers to get comfortable shooting in front of their subjects. Sometimes it can be pulled off, though, just a little bit. Everybody’s working for the weekend. -Lawrence Peart


    Gabriella, Alejandro, and Darice are current Daily Texan Photo tryouts.

  • Thursday Trio

    Photo Editor’s note: A trio of Thursday photographs by recent Daily Texan tryouts Ricky Llamas, Ben Chesnut, and Aaron Berecka.

    Faces in Mirrors

    New Ink

    Real Steel

  • Student Activist Portraits

    Photo Editor’s note: Thursday I sent one of my senior photographers, Zachary Strain, to photograph a trio of UT students who had been arrested in the spring during a sit-in outside President Powers office. The trio, along with 15 others, are awaiting trial next week for the criminal trespassing charges filed against them by the University of Texas. The original idea was to photograph three separate students in varied focal lengths but with relatively similar lighting and run them side-by-side as a triptych in Friday’s paper, but it didn’t quite turn out that way, scheduling conflicts and some miscommunication the root causes. Sadly, the print edition of these photographs does not quite reflect what I eventually saw to be a collection of subtle yet strangely poignant photographs, that managed to stand alone as successful images irrespective of the original intention. The first two sets are taken with a White Lightning strobe coupled with an umbrella softbox diffuser, while the last set uses a nearby window to glance light along the subjects left side. As an editor, this series represents a strange gray area when attempting to produce visual content for the print edition of our paper: it wasn’t what I wanted for that particular idea, but then again, the end result was ultimately more satisfying. Pleasant surprises are always welcome, I suppose - Lawrence Peart

    From top to bottom: Make UT Sweatshop-Free Coalition members Jessica Villarreal, Sydney Dwoskin and Jessica Alvarenga.

    Zachary Strain is a third year student majoring in Anthropology and Photojournalism, and a Senior Photographer at The Daily Texan.

  • B-12 Bingo

    B-12 Bingo in South Austin looks like any other store off of Ben White Boulevard, but to many it’s an escape where they can spend hours every night dotting countless numbers, hoping to win the jackpot. Twenty minutes of silence can be disrupted by a joyous cry as one of the patrons runs to the desk yelling “Bingo!” while a hundred other people look in contempt and crumple their cards. On my first visit, I was struck with the serenity of the huge room and the strong connection that the regulars share with it, and on my return I tried to capture some of the details that give B-12 its tranquil spirit. - Ben Chesnut

    Photo Editor’s note: Ben Chesnut is a sophomore business major and a current Daily Texan photo tryout.