Please see below for a collection of projects that grew out of our seminar:
For Samantha Schwartz‘s final project, she asked people for objects that were “meaningful” to them. From there, she photographed the objects and the people in a similar manner, creating diptychs. She then asked her subjects to write a sentence or two about the object and how it held meaning to them. She complied the photos on a website: meaningfulmaterial.tumblr.com.
Samantha hopes to make the posts into a book someday soon.
Inspired by Daniel Miller’s study, The Comfort of Things, Ricardo Hernandez interviewed 16 college students at SUNY New Paltz. He asked them about a personal object they brought to college with them. In these emotional and thoughtful interviews, students share touching stories and family histories that connect back to their objects.