“Urban Chic:” Designers bring Spring styles to Goucher

"A student models off a 'Rimardo' dress designed by Richard Jones during the annual Umoja 'Urban Chic' fashion show at Goucher College Saturday, April 23, 2011."

This is something I’ve meant to shoot every year that I’ve been here, but for one reason or another, had never got there until this time around. Umoja, Goucher’s Black Student Union, hosts the benefit show every year to raise money for charity and to give local designers a chance for some exposure. 

I’ve never shot fashion, so I’m not sure if there’s a proper way to shoot a model walking down a runway. Then again, it’s a model walking down a runway, how complicated can it get? 

I enjoyed it, although some lighting effects would have added some atmosphere to the two rounds of models. The Athenaeum’s lighting at night time is so incredibly flat and boring. 

Regardless, it made me think about a part of the photography world that I’ve never really explored. 

Singers, dancers light up stage at ‘A Glimpse of Africa’

 

"Kwame Ansah Brew, professor and Ghanaian drummer, performs at the 'A Glimpse of Africa' celebration of Black History Month at Goucher College Saturday, February 27, 2011."

"Towson University's Rhythm Step Team dances in formation the 'A Glimpse of Africa' celebration of Black History Month at Goucher College Saturday, February 27, 2011."

“Maimouna Youssef, Grammy nominated singer and songwriter, sings at the ‘A Glimpse of Africa’ celebration of Black History Month at Goucher College Saturday, February 27, 2011.”

Goucher College’s Programming Board paired with Umoja, Goucher’s Black Student Union, to put on the second annual ‘A Glimpse of Africa’ celebration in honor of Black History Month last week.

I had a front row seat so I could get photographs, and the energy coming out of some of the performances was invigorating. I couldn’t stop clicking my shutter.

It’s a shame that the Hyman Forum’s plain wooden paneled backdrop is so disgustingly boring, because it really detracted from these vibrant displays of rhythm, song, spoken word, dance, and color.

And because I know that the lighting is always so awful on that stage, I figured I’d play around with exposure and motion this time around. The movements were so fast in most of the acts, so I decided to emphasize the blurring.

The show certainly got everyone amped up for a dark, sweaty, and crowded after-party dance in the Gopher Hole later that night.