COLLEGE OF IMAGING ARTS AND SCIENCES
ANNUAL FACULTY REPORT AND EVALUATION OF PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Name: ANDREW DAVIDHAZY
REVIEW of 2003-2004 PLAN of WORK and
Some general comments: This past year was one that brought major changes to the Imaging and Photographic Technology department in particular. These changes have had and will continue to have an impact on the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences in general. This is the result of the retirement of one IPT faculty member and the "horizontal-move", but out of the department, by another IPT faculty. This resulted in an unusual amount of "committee work" especially in the Winter and Spring quarters of last year. The outcome of all these committee meetings was that one position has not been filled to this date and we are trying to manage with adjunct faculty for the time being. Luckily the second position was filled but it was only a one year position and so the search will have to start all over again sometime soon. Although one might think that social events somehow come together automatically, those associated with the SPAS retirements also consumed a significant time and effort (not that I am complaining about this as the retires are both good friends of mine ). It is just that these were not "routine" events.
Anyway, as in the past I will again be following the format presented to us by the College to the best of my ability. It continues to be difficult to enumerate and properly categorize certain activities and some items probably will be mentioned in unexpected locations in the document below. Again, if you find such errors, please bring them to my attention so I might fix the document. And if you happen to know of any items I omitted, incorrectly summarized, duplicated, included (when I should not have), overly embellished, etc. I again would welcome your assistance in making this a more accurate and self-reflective document. Thank you.
Now, let's go on to the forms:
a. List courses taught (including credit hours, enrollment and any TA support)
ACCOUNTING OF TEACHING ACTIVITIES
Winter 2003-04 (032)
1. SPECIAL EFFECTS PHOTOGRAPHY
2076 408 01
SUMMER 2003-04 (033)
1. SURVEY OF NON-CONVEN. IMAGING
2076 503 01
SUMMER 2003-04 (034)
1. PHOTO TECH COOP 2076 499 01 0 12
Fall 2004-05 (041)
1. HIGH SPEED/TIME LAPSE PHOTOGRAPHY 2076 511 01
1) As in past years I have never used a TA or GA in any of my classes except when I help out with the Materials and Processes of Photography course on an occasional basis. However, this past year there was no TA for M&P and I only helped out with M&P when the primary faculty were ill or otherwise unavailable. I did do one week of M&P in the Fall of 2004-5 (my plan was to do 2 but a trip to a professional conference interfered and I thnak Prof. Miller for filling in for me that week). I did play a minor role of assistant with the "mycourses.rit.edu" that we instituted to "run" the M&P course workshop reports, quizzes, etc.
2) Over the Summer I also look after the Coop program for the program which about 12 Imaging and Photographic Technology students enrolled in last Summer. This is not really a big deal as all I do is to help students register once they have left campus, follow up with the employer evaluations, and turn in grade reports.
While I have not kept a detailed listing and accounting of all the advising meetings I have had with students over the past year I think I have continued to provide individual and group advising to all students in the IPT program on an ongoing and regular basis. I do this through a variety of means. One of the most obvious is the extensive use I make of my departmental students distribution list. I think that the IPT department continues being a leader in establishing and maintaining connections to its students and disseminating information through the use of email. To my dismay, however, the use or impact of email communications with students has somehow become less effective than in the past. Instant Messaging is where ìitî is at these days. I have signed up but find it difficult to use.
b. Given your 2003-2004 plan of work, provide a thoughtful review of what you have achieved relative to what you planned to do in the area of teaching/advising. Be sure to include an analysis of student evaluations indicating areas of strength and weaknesses as well as actions taken to address concerns. Original documentation should not be submitted, but it should be available upon request. (Depending on what your plan of work called for, examples of such documentation could include one or more of the following: student performance data, student evaluations, curricula/syllabi for new or revised courses, advising logs/evaluations)
Last year I stated: Continue to actively establish more efficient operating procedures in the High Speed / Time Lapse Photography course. Develop and implement novel image capture and presentation techniques in the Special Effects course. Evaluate how digital capture methods can be effectively introduced or allowed in the course. It is a given that digital manipulation can be used in lieu of traditional photographic special effect techniques but the question remains as to the extent that Special Effects should be a digital manipulation vs. a original capture course. Further refine the sensitometric velocimetry laboratory exercise and investigate the process for creating images that challenge even the sophisticated mind as to their veracity in the Photoinstrumentation Applications Seminar course. The purpose is not to mislead but to understand the process of creation and analysis of visual data that may lead to incorrect interpretation. The idea being that by knowing how fakes are made one learns to identify them. Remain actively engaged with the students in the IPT program as the advisor to individual students and the "spiritual" advisor to all IPT students. Do this through a combination of email activities, social event organization, participation in student organized activities, etc.
Unfortunately all digital high speed activity has come to a halt because of the final breakdown of the Kodak Ektapro systems we had available in the past. I prepared a lecture that treats this subject from a descriptive point of view but the hands-on portion of this topic was eliminated from the course.
The Special Effects course went well as in the past. The availability of the Better Light linear array, scanning, camera back was exploited by the students. One student in particular, Christine Blackbourne, prepared an outstanding set of photographs with the camera and these have the potential of being included in the website of the camera manufacturer. Unfortunately (it was my decision) the camera was transferred to the Color Management Laboratory to do more "technical work" and so has become unavailable for checkout to the Special Effects students.
I introduced a new course by way of Special Topics called simply "Photoinstrumentation Practicum". This course was supposed to be filled with problems for students to work on and solve and ultimately make presentations about their successes or failures to the other students. This is maybe a good idea but I think I failed miserably in carrying out the plan. That is not to say that some of the students did not do good work. To the contrary. However, possibly not enough students did as much or as good work as I had hoped would be the case. Personally I was disappointed with my performance in organizing and managing the course and I hope to do better if I ever offer this seminar again.
I did not do any major further development work on the Sensitometric Velocimetry project or problem. When I had occasion to maybe include it in a course I felt that the student body was not quite ready for dealing with the topic and so while I did include this project in a technical paper as part of what my students experience here, in fact this past year I left the topic alone. Maybe I will return to it in the future. The same thing for creating photographic hoaxes (in jest as far as external application but seriously from an internal, knowledge, point of view).
I have continued to encourage my students to use a web-based evaluation service at http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/. Currenlty I have the following summary evaluation to share based on the responses of 13 students: # Ratings: 10, Average Easiness: 3.6 (up from 3.5), Average Helpfulness: 5.0 (unchanged), Average Clarity: 4.8 (up from 4.7), Hotness Total: 1 (up from 0 last year), Overall Quality: 4.9 (up from 4.8). Averages are based on a maximum score of 5.0. I am delighted to see that I got one chili pepper last year but take it with a grain of salt, of course!.
An additional evaluation process that tends to yield useful feedback from students who have taken my courses is one that I distribute to all ìgraduatesî of my courses during the previous year. This lets them provide truly voluntary feedback and under conditions of total anonymity. The feedback that I received in this manner essentially still corroborates past instructor evaluation mechanisms and this is that students generally find me knowledgeable, approachable and helpful but sometimes lacking in organization. I think this latter fault is most evident in my Photoinstrumentation Seminar, which is a seminar-patterned course. While I take great pains to describe the objectives and the plan for the course at the beginning I think that, even though mostly seniors, the students expect a more "by the numbers" course rather than one where innovation, unpredictability, curiosity and serendipity are integral to the experience.
I was very fortunate last year in having Jessica Gehlhar at the helm of TPSA (and the joint chapter of SPIE) (Jessica was funded by SPIE the year before to attend the SPIE Annual Convention in San Diego) last year. She took the organization to a "higher level" so to speak and was able to bring several speakers on campus (Gloria Putnam and Phillip Kerman) and organized a field trip to Washington, DC which I attended as well from March 4-6, 2004. I drove taking 3 students in my car and stayed overnight with the group at a youth hostel in Washington, DC. We visited the National Geographic's photo lab and the Mitre Corporation (a major government imaging contractor). In the Fall of this year I again took a field trip to Niagara Falls with Imaging and Photographic Technology students and treated them to a ride on the Maid of the Mist.
In the Spring, Jessica handed over the leadership of the club to Emily Antoine and I think she will be an equally capable leader of the club. My plan is to assist her as much as possible. In the Fall she organized several successful pizza parties (in terms of student participation). Over the course of last year I organized several (4-6?) evening pizza plus movie plus raffle nights. I think somehow I need to convince the students that the quality of the movies chosen for such occasions should be better than the last couple that were chosen.
For next year my plan of work vis-a-vis teaching and advising is to: Try to improve the state of digital high speed photography instruction in the High Speed / Time Lapse Photography course and explore digital alternatives in the Special Effects Photography course. My plan is to develop presentation approaches that utilize digital methods in order to perform the ìmundaneî job of recording in-camera effects instead of relying on Polaroid materials. However, this is not to say that film will be eliminated from the course. To the contrary, the goal is to encourage the students understand state-of-the-art in-camera techniques but to use whatever processor equipment they can get their hands on to demonstrate experience and mastery of these effects.
If possible refine the sensitometric velocimetry laboratory exercise and continue to explore the educational possibilities of instruction through students involvement in debunking and even the creation of hoaxes and misleading or fake images. The purpose is not to mislead but to understand the process of creation and analysis of visual data that may lead to incorrect interpretation. The principle is that by knowing how fakes are made one learns to identify them.
I plan to remain actively engaged with the students in the IPT program
as the advisor to individual students and the "spiritual" advisor to all
IPT students. Do this through a combination of email activities, social
event organization such as evening pizza/movie parties both at school
and in my home, outings of various kinds, participation in student organized
activities, institution of a photo contest, etc.
2. Scholarship/Creative Activity
Given your 2003-2004 plan of work, provide a thoughtful review of what you have achieved relative to what you planned to do in the area of scholarship/creative activity. Original documentation should not be submitted, but it should be available upon request. (Examples of such documentation could include summaries of one or more of the following: published articles, editor's response to unpublished material, exhibition reviews, reviewer's response to submitted grant proposals, consulting outcomes.)
My proposed plan for this past year was: Continue to remain connected with technical professional groups such as the IS&T and the SPIE and prepare a paper for presentation at one of these group's national conferences. I have a long term interest in something called "Sensitometric Velocimetry" and hopefully I can synthesize this into a formal presentation and present it at a professional meeting. Continue to produce photographs that have scientific validity as well as aesthetic qualities. I plan on making the exhibition of High Speed and Technical photograph available to other audiences. I am preparing some less technical and more what one might call "creative" ones into an exhibition and hope to make this collection become a traveling show as well. I mentioned I had neglected my interest in Schlieren imaging and my plan is to devote time to producing more high quality schlieren images of ballistic and fluid dynamic subjects and try again to set-up a working model focusing schlieren system. I also will continue to make my images accessible and available for a variety of purposes through the widespread use of the WWW as a tool of image availability dissemination. Create new work based on the application of a Better Light Scanning camera back that was procured by the School with capital funds last year. This should lead to publication of images and text on the web as well as possibly in print media.
Well, in VERY general terms I think I pretty much met the stated goals as set forth last year.
One item that did not develop as planned was the production of a significant enough body of work with the Better Light camera back that was procured by the School with capital funds the previous year. I decided to transfer this piece of equipment to a new Color Management Laboratory being set-up by Prof. Nitin Sampat. Hopefully the device will produce more significant technical work there than it would have produced in my hands where it would have been used purely for creative and aesthetic purposes.
Anyway, salient activities from last year are mentioned below and elaborated on further on.
The exhibition that I prepared for the Bethlehem Museum of Science and Technology the previous year was accepted for display at the 26th International Congress on High Speed Photography and Photonics and was on display at the meeting from September 20-24, 2004. I will be working on expanding this collection and trying to exhibit it at other appropriate venues.
My photographs were included individually in several books but I don't have a ready list of them all. One instance where several high speed images were included in a single book was entitled Extreme Photography and was written by Terry Hope <email@example.com> and published in 2004 by RotoVision of the UK.
I made new Schlieren photographs but still failed to finish the demonstration focusing schlieren system. In addition, I made many new images of water splashes and several new ultraviolet photographs and these were published/used in a variety of places both for free as well as for a fee. The images in just about every case (except where the design makes it impossible) carry full attribution not only to me but also to the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at RIT. Some of the details of where and when these images were reproduced or included are listed below. Suffice it to say that their "reach" has been international stretching from Canada to Argentina, to Romania , Finland and Germany and to many other locations worldwide.
Again this year, briefly but mindful of the fact that an accurate listing of every event, project or contribution throughout the course of the year could be a huge task and unless done with excruciating and painstaking observance to detail is bound to have left out significant items, hereafter follow some records of activities that might fall under the above umbrella classification:
Professional Presentations and Publications:
I presented a paper titled "Teaching High Speed Photography" at the 26th International Congress on High Speed Photography and Photonics that was held in Alexandria, VA from Sept. 20-24, 2004.
I presented a guest lecture focusing on scanning imaging systems at the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University as part of the 5th International Young Scientists Conference devoted to "Problems of Optics and High Technology Materials Science". This conference was held from October 25-30, 2004 in Kiev, Ukraine and my participation was supported by a travel grant provided by the International Society for Optical Engineering located in Bellingham, WA.
Several of my articles were published in the various 2004 issues of the Newsletter of the Atlantic Chapter of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain. The first one was in February 2004 and it was "Calibrating Shutters with TV and Turntable". This was followed up in March, April, May, June, July, August and October with short articles based on some of my other online articles. If you are interested you can look them up and download PDF versions of all my articles over the past year on the website of the Atlantic Chapter of the Royal Photographic Society at: http://www.photo.net/users/rps-atlantic.org/news.html
A six page spread of my high speed and stroboscopic photographs appeared in the November issue of Popular Mechanics en espa&ntlde;ol (published in Mexico). They were in the November, 2004 issue, Volume 57 Number 11, on pages 88 to 93.
I was consulted by Des Moines Register about ghost photography and this
resulted in the publication of an article in which I was extensively quoted
or referred to. The article was written by Gregg Hennigan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
and titled "Who you gonna call?" It is (was) available online at:
Along the same lines I was featured in an article on unusual occupations
that appeared on MSN Online.
Along with Profs. Michael Peres and Tom Zigon I contributed and workshop to the 75th Annual BioCommunications Association Conference that was held in Boston on July 11-13, 2004. On July 13, 2004 I presented a 1/2 day workshop on Imaging the Invisible Spectrum.
50+ scientific, technical and high speed photographs of mine are included in a new exhibition, "Massive Change: the future of global design", that opened on October 1, 2004 in Vancouver, BC, Canada and is slated for a worldwide tour. The notification received from the designer I worked with is included below.
From: ilene solomon <email@example.com>
Dear Professor Davidhazy, Hello! This is Ilene, the designer/student whom you provided some of your amazing high speed photos for the exhibition I was working on called "Massive Change: the future of global design." Our exhibition opened at the Vancouver Art Gallery on October 1st. It was great, 2,500 people came and the line was around the block for an hour and a half! So far the show has gotten great press in the Vancouver and National papers and Time magazine (Canada). It was also previewed in the New York Times and WIRED magazine.
I would like to sincerely thank you on behalf of the Institute without Boundaries and personally (since I was the person collecting the 4,000 images), your willingness and collaboration helped a great deal. The image room itself has attracted a lot of attention, appearing as the primary photograph on most of the press we have gotten so far! Attached is an image of the overall room, and also a close up shot of some of the high speed images in context. As of now, the show will be coming to Toronto on March 11 - May, 2005 and then Chicago in September - December, 2006. Other venues are currently being arranged in NYC, London, Copenhagen, Germany, etc. Please check out our website: www.massivechange.com to keep updated and see if you can attend the show. Thanks so much again! Your images were really a highlight! I will be in touch as the show travels. Sincerely, Ilene Solomon, Institute without Boundaries, Bruce Mau Design, Toronto ON M5T 2C8
An online interview with Cyberholic e-zine was published in the January 2004 issue of the magazine, pp 30-41. Find it at http://www.cyberholic.de/0008/index.html
I contributed a section on Digital Stroboscopic Photography in the recently released 2004 McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology, pp. 81-84.
On February 19, 2004 I gave a lecture/demo in 07B-2236 to a meeting of The Photographic Historical Society that started at 7:30 pm and went till 9:30 pm with about 20 TPHS members in attendance including Tim Holden, retired from Graflex and SPAS adjunct retiree. The topic was a "Brief History of High Speed Motion Picture Photography - the quickly vanishing 16mm rotating prism high speed camera from the Fastax to the Photec IV."
I was a judge along with Emeritus Professor Doug Lyttle at the Camera Rochester March Photo Competition held during the evening of Monday March 1, 2004 at the Atonement Lutheran Church on Westfall Road.
On June 9, 2004 I left Rochester at 5 pm and traveled to Syracuse, NY to be a judge at the Syracuse Camera Club Photo Competition. This was also held at a church where the club has its meetings. I got back to Rochester at midnight.
On Monday, February 16th, 2004 I participated (along with Myra Greene and Ken White and Doug Rea) in an hour long discussion re: our photographs installed in the SPAS gallery with an audience of about 12 visitors including about 8 graduate students.
On September 7, 2004 from 8 till 10 am at the Bausch and Lomb building I gave a lecture to the Rochester Art Club on creative applications of scanning photographic cameras at the invitation of Dan Neuberger.
Exhibitions of personal work and other related activities:
Among several photographs of mine, reproduction rights for which were either given away for free or where the fee was requested to be paid to RIT instead of to me personally include (this is only a partial listing):
A group of nine photographs depicting the discharge of a shotgun and the subsequent behavior of the shell releasing it's pellets from the casing are part of a new traveling exhibition organized by Peterborough Digital Arts of the Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery located in Priestgate, Peterborough, England. The exhibition, Sequences - Time, space, movement and duration as seen by contemporary artists, is curated by Paul St George and is slated for installation in several venues around England and includes among others: Pia Jansson, Andrea Polli, Patrick Tarrant, Bjorn Schulke, and others. For more information: Paul St George, http://www.sequences.org.uk/
Several of my photographs were installed in a gallery in California. "The experimental photography of Andrew Davidhazy" (Professor, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences) opened at the Artspace Gallery, 1008 East Avenue K, in Lancaster, CA on Saturday June 12 and was on exhibit until June 30, 2004.
I had a solo retrospective exhibit of my peripheral and panoramic photographs at Harrisburg Area Community College's Rose Lehrman Arts Center Gallery from January 14 - February 18, 2004. This was complemented by a public lecture and an interactive workshop on February 17-18, 2004. For further info: Ty Clever, Gallery Coordinator, HACC Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17110
I exhibited a collection of 20 of my high speed photographs at the 26th International Congress on High Speed Photography and Photonics that was held in Alexandria, VA from Sept. 20-24, 2004.
"Little Faces", a traveling exhibition of ink-jet prints was on display in the Original Gallery on the second floor of the Wallace Memorial Library at RIT. Designed as an innovative low-cost, low-stress, low-tech traveling exhibition, the collection of 80 prints has been shown in museums, photo clubs, galleries and high school art classrooms nationwide. A running history of this project is accessible on the web at the following address: http://www.rit.edu/~andpph/davidhazy.html.
I participated in the Annual SPAS Faculty Exhibition whenever it took place in 2004.
I participated in several web-based or "virtual" galleries throughout the year. These include the (local) PhotoForum list's gallery and the Certamen de Fotored which operates out of Spain and a Haiku oriented gallery out of Japan.
I participated in the 2004 World Pinhole Photography Day project and my photograph and descrption is available online at their website at: http://www.pinholeday.org/gallery/ My entry was #165 and I made and uploaded it on April 25, 2004. The text that went along with the image is: Andrew Davidhazy, "Self portrait on a rainy day" Rochester, New York, United States "Polaroid 667 paper negative, 5 sec. exp. w/ 300w flood 30cm from face. Part way to Phoenix Process I decided to stay with paper negative instead of reversing. I work at School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at RIT." Copyright 2004 Andrew Davidhazy All rights reserved".
My photographs illustrate an article on stroboscopic photography at the website of the Museo della Scienza in Trieste, Italy as part of their series "Le cartoline dalla scienza" immagini per raccontare il viaggio della ricerca in an article entitled Fotografia stroboscopica, Ottobre 2004 You can view this at: http://www.immaginarioscientifico.it/ita/archivi/cartoline/meb_26.htm
One of my high speed photographs was used as a background image in a poster presented by the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne at the BA (British Association for the Advancement of Science) Festival of Science held on Sept. 8-9th, 2004. The purpose of the poster was to promote hydrogen power as the next clean source of energy.
One of my high speed photographs was used as a background image in a brochure prepared for a small company called Dome Technology, makers of ìultimate water parks under a domeî. They promised me a free ride in one of their parks in exchange. Someday I will take them up on it!
The same, dome shaped, blue splash photograph was used as the cover illustration of a scientific paper authored by Prof. Thomas Condra, of the Institute of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark, as part of the "Farm Wet Scrubber" project and by the title of: "WP3: Basic data for use in system design of absorption column".
My photograph of a bullet smashing through a tomato was used as the only visual element of an invitation card prepared by the Forskartorget in Gothenberg, Sweden as part of a book fair on September 23, 2004.
I also donated additional free-of-charge reproduction rights to several of my photographs to several charitable, educational and non-profit organizations. My blue water splash photograph seems to attract particular attention on the Internet but new splashes and spectral dispersion and polarization photographs as well as a photograph of a sneeze are also requested periodically. I authorized reproduction rights free of charge to non-commercial users (but asking for SPAS and RIT connected byline wherever possible) and to individuals working in medicine, dance, sports, water purification, etc.
I also sold rights to reproduction of my images but the proceeds from these sales were directed towards supporting my teaching activities here in SPAS. The following two exchanges may give you an idea of how these requests for my images come about:
The first is an example of an Internet-based contact that resulted in a cheque for about $1,500 being deposited into my Photoinstrumentation restricted account at RIT. I use funds generated this way to help me with the operation of the lab, support travel expenses beyond those the school can provide, and buy supplies and small equipment needed to run my classes. I also use these funds to pay for promotional postcards used by the IPT department for various recruitment activities, to pay for student-oriented pizza parties, to purchase various supplies that normally the department budget could not support, etc.
The ad referred to below and that included my photograph ultimately appeared in several New Zealand newspapers and was also displayed on several billboards around the country.
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2004
Hi, We are interested in using one of your photographs for an ad for our New Zealand client Telecom - (communications). I'm not sure what your views or feelings are for this kind of exposure of your work. We can't seem to find anything appropriate in the usual image libraries that we normally use. This is for a print ad to go into newspapers here. We could talk fees immediately if you are interested if not - I would really appreciate your answer as soon as possible. Thanks, Julia Byrnes, Creative Assistant, 0064 9 3555 075, Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2004
Julia, No problem. I am not a stock house but would be amenable to your request re: my photograph(s). Besides the one you sent me a copy of I have several other impact photos but I must admit that this tomato one is a favorite. Since I am not in the business and especially not on an international basis I hope you will treat me fairly regarding a useage fee. regards, Andy - Andrew Davidhazy, Professor, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
On the other hand, a private high school in San Diego, California contacted me about reproduction rights as follows: "We are opening a new 3 million dollar science center and I want to decorate the walls with photos related to physics. How can I purchase some of your photos to enlarge for my classroom? Do you take purchase order numbers? At what resolution are your photos? What is the largest enlargement that you recommend to still have clear images?" I sent them six high resolution images. Ultimately never heard from them in regard to any kind of payment.
Professional activities and consulting:
During the course of the year I wrote and installed on my webpage of articles about my experiments and personal "investigations" the following pieces:
PROJECTION CRYSTALLOGRAPHY AND MICROGRAPHY WITH DIGITAL CAMERAS
IMPROVISED ADAPTER TO USE CANON FD ITEMS ON EOS CAMERA BODIES
ALTERNATIVE VELOCITY MEASUREMENT TECHNIQUES IN SYNCHROBALLISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY
SPLASH PHOTOGRAPHY IN DAYLIGHT CONDITIONS
TABLETOP RACETRACK PHOTO-FINISH PHOTOGRAPHY
SYNCHROBALLISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY ON A SHOESTRING
MECHANICAL TIME DELAY SYNCHRONIZER FOR SPLASH PHOTOGRAPHY
So what are my plans for next year? Well ... Continue to remain connected with technical professional groups such as the IS&T and the SPIE and although Iíd like to prepare another paper for presentation at one of these group's national conferences I am not sure I have one in me at this time. The "Sensitometric Velocimetry" topic may be something I can work on. I plan on continuing to produce photographs that have scientific validity as well as aesthetic qualities. I plan on trying to make the exhibition of High Speed and Technical photographs available to other audiences. I also will continue to make my images accessible and available for a variety of purposes through the widespread use of the WWW as a tool of image availability dissemination.
Given your 2003-2004 plan of work, provide a thoughtful review of what you have achieved relative to what you planned to do in the area of service. Original documentation should not be submitted, but it should be available upon request.(Examples of such documentation could include summaries of one or more of the following: committee chair statements, recruitment calls made, high schools visited, alumni contacts, development efforts, portfolio days.)
Well, my plans in this area last year simply stated the following: For next year I plan on continuing to participate in high school visits, Science Exploration Days, presentations at teacher seminars and high school photo conferences, committees, etc.
High Schools visited and related recruiting activities:
I contributed to the SPAS Photography Explorers Post of the Otetiana Council of the Boy Scouts of America in the Fall quarter if 2004. On November 11, 2004 I demonstrated matte-box photography, slit-scan photography, high speed photography and stroboscopic photography for creative and technical applications.
I presented an exhibit on behalf of the IS&T (while also distributing information about the IPT program) at the 33nd Annual Science Exploration Days held on May 12 and 13, 2004 at St. John Fisher College. I have been doing this for at least 32 consecutive years (except one year when I forgot they had changed the date and I got there a week late!). This event is organized by: Central Western Section of the Science Teachers Association of New York State. My contacts there: Michael Dupre, Mike Cargas, Ted Sawyko, Sheila Root, Jutta Dudley.
On Thursday, May 5-6, 2004 I participated in the day-long science fair type event offered by the College of Engineering to the Rochester community. It is the E3 Fair and the invitation came from Dr. Satish Kandlikar (firstname.lastname@example.org) I received the same letter of thanks as last year and several years before that except dates were changed.
I presented a lecture at the 24th annual Science Educators' Conference that was held at the Rochester Museum and Science Center on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 29-30, 2004. My lecture was essentially the same one I had given the year before except for new content: Technical Projects with Digital Photography". A brief description of the talk was: "Digital photography makes possible several "technical" projects that provide novel imaging insights for students and teachers alike. Imaging the infrared, tracking motion with stroboscopy, shutters as stop-watches, close-up photography and other projects will be introduced and demonstrated." The applications actually explained and demonstrated were the following: 1. Long exposure time tracking of ping-pong ball thrown and bouncing across field of view. 2. Improvised mechanical stroboscope for position vs. time tracking. 3. Application of mechanical stroboscope for motion analysis. 4. A mechanical approach to synchronizing splash photographs. Ted Sawyko (email@example.com) invited me to participate in the conference.
I loaned a 12 inch Schlieren mirror to a graduate student working on an MFA degree at Carnegie Mellon University. She is Ruth Stanford (firstname.lastname@example.org). and is still working it.
On Thursday, July 22, 2004 I gave a one hour lecture/demo to several visiting Pittsford gifted students brought to SPAS by Robert Rountree
On Saturday July 24, 2004 and on Saturday, August 7, 2004, I participated in the College and Careers program hosted by RIT and I had a full schedule both days giving 4 1 hour lecture/demos to a total of approximately 100 students over the two days.
On Thursday, April 1, 2004 I gave a lecture/demonstration in the High Speed Photography Lab to a group of about 25 visiting Lansing Community College students and their faculty.
At the invitation of Gerrie Baker and Julie Bishop I again participated for a full-day Career Day 2004 event at the Spencerport High School held this past year on March 9, 2004. My schedule for the day was presentations on 7:30-8:10, 9:50-10:30, 10:35-11:15, 12:05-12:45 and 12:50-1:30. Her invitatiuon read: Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2004 10:59:37 ?0500, From: Eugenie Banker email@example.com Dear Andy, Thank you so much for giving us your time again this year on Career Day. This year Career Day is Tuesday, March 9. As soon as we have a more complete schedule and information to send you, we will do so. We look forward to seeing you. The kids always vote you as the best presentation! Thank you again! Genie Banker
I brought the Nikon Small World exhibition back to the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences for the 14th year. (Well, actually for some reason Nikon did not send the next installemtn so I just kept the rpevious one) This collection of photographs is generously sent to us by the Nikon Corporation and is available to us for a whole year and displayed on the walls of the Dr. Ron Francis Photographic Chemistry lab. The IPT dept pays shipping one way.
I helped organize, schedule and contributed to a faculty recruitment initiative that has been very well received by our own photo faculty as well as visiting teachers and professors of photography from other schools, namely the Basic Photo/Imaging Workshop for Educators. It would not be possible without the generous contribution from many colleagues here at the School but then, again, it might not happen at all if some of them did not talk me into trying it once more for the last 9 years or so.
I made a "recruiting" presentation to Clayton Adams' Photo 2 class at 10 AM, on Monday, 7 Dec. 2003, in room 07B-3105.
On March 30, 2004, at the invitation of Dan Larkin, I gave a presentation to the combined Photo II sections in the BFA programs. Michael Peres and Bill DuBois were the other presenters at this lecture designed to make students aware of potential educational opportunities within SPAS that they might not have been aware of.
Development efforts were again completely unsuccessful in terms of being able to acquire major gifts from corporations. I must admit I am not very good at asking for financial or equipment donations.
Committees: I am on the SPAS Chairs Committee, Bill DuBois is co-chair but in fact he is the chair that provides leadership and organization to this group. I am also on the Dean's Leadership Committee and on the Institute Academic Grievance Committee. The chair of this committee is for one terms was Stan Bissell and we conducted several meetings under his leadership. The second term was under Pete Lutz and we also dealt with one case this past year.
I am a member of the International Society for Optical Engineering's Edgerton Award Committee as well as the overall Awards Committee. I am the Internet liaison for The Photographic Historical Society and maintain for them an Internet presence off my website.
On December 5, 2003 I was invited by Mr. Hossein Farmani to become a member of the Advisory Board of the International Photography Awards based in Los Angeles, CA.
Alumni Contacts: I maintain regular contact with all graduates of the Imaging and Photographic Technology program. I have compiled a list of all their email addresses and have been keeping in touch with updates and news of job opportunities and so on over the years. I maintain a news page on the web for them as well as current students. Check it out at: http://www.rit.edu/~andpph/ipt-news.html
My plan of work for next year: For next year I plan on continuing
to participate in high school visits, Science Exploration Days, presentations
at teacher seminars and high school photo conferences, committees, etc.
If your 2004-2005 plan of work, called for any special activity outside of the above three categories, please provide an appropriate review of the evidence that such plans have been achieved.
Well, I am not sure if this falls under "other" or what ... these items are simply additional activities accomplished or in which I was significantly involved. Most of these activities contribute, I hope, to overall school recruitment and to keeping the image of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences as a center for top-notch photographic education in the minds of the local and the larger photo/imaging community. (I used the preceding paragraph verbatim form last year's report - FYI)
Last year I stated: For next year my plan is continue to stay active on the web with the PhotoForum and Fotored mail lists and to devote some extra time to the PhotoHist list. I will be active again next year as the Internet Liaison of The Photographic Historical Society as they will be preparing for the next International Symposium on the History of Photography that will be held at the George Eastman House later this year. In terms of the other communications initiatives I plan on simply doing what I have been doing but hopefully at a higher level of efficiency so that I might expand on other School of Photographic Arts and Sciences web initiatives. I plan on producing more postcards that maybe are not so much school or program promotion pieces but rather achieve a similar outcome less blatantly. I plan on continuing to try to maintain a sense of community among the faculty and staff of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences within the limits of my capability to do so. The periodic Friday afternoon R&R sessions have been fairly well received by those who can attend. The coffee "service" in the Faculty Conference Room (established thanks to Tom Iten and Brad Hindson) has been a welcome addition to the "lifestyle" within the school over the years although there are many faculty who don't remember how it was before we had either the room or coffee readily available to us. The modest expense that it takes to keep these things going is, I think, more than worth it for the good vibes it creates among our staff.
Pretty much like last year I think the items listed below give some credence to the fact I did pursue several activities that could be listed under "other" . I noticed I mentioned "postcards" above. I did publish at my own expense (well, with funds earned from sales of my photographs the proceeds of which I directed to a restricted account from which then I spend for such purposes) two more sets of postcards intended for recruitment to the Imaging and Photographic Technology program. I also produced one that is a more generic SPAS postcard.
I organized a website showcasing current faculty at work and photographed several of them doing just that.
I participated in the PhotoExpo convention at the Javits Center in NYC and in addition to my usual routine of making visitors to our booth "happy" by making peripheral portraits.
In October 2004 I organized a field trip for Imaging and Photographic Technology students to Niagara Falls and took the group of students who participated on a tour aboard the Maid of the Mist.
I have continued my long-term association with William Allen, Art Department, Arkansas State University, working with him on a collaborative project that is an INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY HISTORIANS associated with the History of Photography Group. My contribution to his project is to help him collect people's names who are interested in being listed in his directory. I do this through the RITphoto account that I established many years ago.
I also oversee, manage and forward requests for information about School of Photographic Arts and Sciences photography programs collected through a form installed on the SPAS and the IPT websites. This past year these forms generated about 2000 inquiries (down from about 3000 the year before) about our photography programs with the bulk of them, of course, being requests for information about the BFA degree programs.
Continuing on from before, on a regular basis I make sure to add a link to the SPAS website, and the IPT website if appropriate, in any Internet venue where this possibility is offered. Essentially this contributes to making our presence as a significant photographic educational organization more visible on the Internet. Since as part of the PhotoForum project I maintain an extensive (currently more than 3200) list of links to photographers, corporations, schools, etc. I accept "link exchanges" to that list in exchange for a listing for our school. This also helps keep our profile on the Internet high.
Last year I set-up a "question and answer" project on the Internet under the title of PhotoQuest, where anyone can pose a question related to photography and I then try answer the question myself or try to identify people who might have the answer to the question. I have fielded questions on a wide variety of topics generated by this project as well as questions sent directly to me by people who I donít know. Topics have ranged from ìWhat battery does my Nimslo camera take?î to ìHow to operate a Hycam cameraî to ìHow to make gold chloride out of goldî.
This past year I seem to also have been identified as an ìexpertî in the photography of paranormal phenomena and this has resulted in two articles being published in which my background in this area and authentication methods are included.
I continue manage the PhotoForum mail list on the Internet and besides dealing with day to day issues related to smooth operation of the list itself, I am "proud" to say that I have again installed a brand new gallery of list member's images on the web every Saturday morning of the year. I have been doing this actually since 1996 without anyone here in SPAS really knowing anything about it.
I also have continued to look after the Fotored mail list. This one does not have a weekly gallery (its photographic "presence" is felt primarily thought the member's traveling exhibition) but is very active and the language used is Spanish. Fotored serves about 400 Hispanic individuals worldwide.
I do provide, as a "public service" activity, support of The Photographic Historical Society of Rochester and give them webspace on my site (obviously identified with SPAS and RIT!) as well as web design services.
I again helped publicize many events that took place last year at the School by redistributing news items of many kinds, from lectures, to scholarships and contest, through various means. An initiative I established in 1995, the RITphoto@rit.edu address, is becoming well known among the school's students and possibly even the school's faculty!. I essentially look after the "well being" of the RITphoto@rit.edu account which is used for a variety of purposes, from getting information submitted on forms, to receiving photographs for web galleries, to mail redistribution services within SPAS to all faculty and students, etc.
For next year: For next year my plan is continue to continue to stay active on the web with the PhotoForum and Fotored mail lists and to devote less time to the PhotoHist list. I will be active again next year as the Internet Liaison of The Photographic Historical Society. In terms of the other communications initiatives I plan on simply doing what I have been doing ... much as I have this past year. I plan on remaining active in terms of recruitment presentations and visitations as well as producing more postcards that maybe are not so much school or program promotion pieces but rather achieve a similar outcome less blatantly. I plan on doing this in spite of the fact that most recruiting I do helps the BFA programs and really has very little effect on the IPT program. But this is the way it has been "forever" and enhancing the overall reputation of the School is what brings a few Tech students to the IPT program. A similar situation exists for the Biomed program.
I plan on continuing to try to maintain a sense of community among the faculty and staff of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences within the limits of my capability to do so. The periodic Friday afternoon R&R sessions have been fairly well received by those who can attend. The coffee "service" in the Faculty Conference Room continues to be (I think) a welcome addition to the "lifestyle" within the school over the years although there are many faculty who don't remember how it was before we had either the room or coffee readily available to us. The modest expense that it takes to keep these things going is, I think, more than worth it for the good vibes it creates among our staff.
In summary, I once again (how do you like that!) want to thank all my immediate colleagues in the Imaging and Photographic Technology department, as well as all its students, for making working in the department such a pleasure (most of the time!). I am certain when I say that without the support of my friends my activities and contributions would not be possible.
Also I want to thank the faculty members in the Biomedical Photography program for their overall support and contributions to the School and Michael Peres in particular for his collegiality and responsible leadership of the department. I believe the programs and departments flourish with buy in from the faculty that design the program and while I plan on consulting and providing advice if asked I believe that the "ship is in their capable hands" and I trust they will make of that program whatever is most appropriate much as the faculty immediately associated with Imaging and Photographic Technology will look after this program.
I want to acknowledge this time the cooperation of Prof. Peres in making the Images from Science exhibit a showcase for our school in terms of his management of the "travel" nature of the exhibition. This exhibition, engendered in SPAS, has now traveled the world so to speak and has been exhibited this last year in several venues in Scandinavian countries and in several locations in the US. It is destined for travel to Spain and to Harvard. Michael deserves much praise and recognition for his efforts on behalf of the exhibition and SPAS, CIAS and RIT.
As far as the Imaging Systems Management program hopefully this program will "find its feet", so to speak , under the leadership of the new McGhee Chair Prof. Nitin Sampat and again become successful and contributing program to the smorgasboard of photo programs offered in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. I think Prof. Sampat is well on his way to synthesizing this into a minor to be offered within SPAS instead of as a degree program.
Finally, there are some items in particular that concern me (particularly
with respect to the Imaging and Photographic Technology program and department)
and that I hopefully will make some positive contribution to in the coming
year. They are: 1. The continued development of a strategy to deal with
the Materials and Processes of Photography course, 2. accomodation of some
kind to the fact that Prof. Sampat is currently a part of the Imaging Systems
Management department and really has little time to deal with the computing
needs of the IPT department, 3. re-examining the IPT course sequences
and the faculty teaching them especially in the areas of sensitometry,
4. Instituing an effective search procedure for replacing the position
left vacant by Prof. Kraus, replacing the 1 year appointment currently
filled by Thomas Yeh and initiating processes for identifying replacement
faculty in areas such as photographic chemistry and optics in particular.
This self evaluation and your proposed plan of work for December 1, 2003 to November 30, 2004 is due to your Administrative Chair on January 6, 2005.
As an end note and only as a matter of curiosity this report took approximately
16 continuous hours to compile and put together during the period of Dec.
25-31, 2004 not counting the sporadic record-keeping that went on during
the course of the year.