Whipped cream is a vital ingredient for finals week for an artistic director and acting teacher at Hammond’s Academy for The Performing Arts.
Amid the stress finals, graduating, or homework, students inacting classes taught by Dan Taube can be found in an annual whipped cream fight on the second-to-last day of school.
According to Taube, “The tradition started with the first year of HAPA – the last day of school can be a little bittersweet for the seniors and the underclassmen. The acting classes tend to be a very close knit group. So…the whipped cream fight started as a way to be silly and joyful and a good way to keep the tears at bay. It started one year, not knowing we would keep doing it year in and year out.”
The whipped cream fight with my class was the highlight of my last few days as a senior. For a few minutes, you get to be more worried about melting cream in your eyes than your future. It’s a chance to celebrate the relationships created in the classes, and a good way to say goodbye.
I was able to shoot it this year, and enjoyed dodging whipped cream hand fulls. I’m pretty confident that the fight is some of the most care free moments in all of Hammond each summer. It’s nice to see.
I just wanted to post a visual account of some things that have happened to me this week.
Let’s start with my friend James. He had a very successful Kickstarter that lead to his first album. He had a show for the release of the album, and I shot a photo of him and the audience. He’s come so far, and everyone around him is very proud.
Less importantly, my fish had babies. I’ve been taking care of catfish youngsters. Exciting stuff. Here’s a cell phone photo from day one eggs.
I attended a crazy annual whipped cream fight at the local high school. I’ll be talking about that in a blog post later on.
I wrecked my car for the first time. Cell phone shot before they towed it away.
I was able to shoot Morton High School’s graduation. Here’s a photo of some of the chaos that comes with putting on those mortarboards.
Here’s a preview of my next challenge blog with Jonathan Miksanek:
I went back the White River today to shoot some photos for my art photography class and my photojournalism class. I like the color in this photos.
I left today a bit before sunset to get some shots for class of a bridge over the White River. The assignment was to shoot more photos with the lecture in mind. I enjoy some of the photos I got today, despite the snow in my shoes and wind on my face.
The geese on the river hardly noticed me, except for the guy on the left. I was able to stay far enough way to shoot them without scaring them.
The sun on the the bridge was really pretty tonight.
This photo was taken for my photojournalism class where I was supposed to demonstrate a low aperture. I love the detail in the snow as well as the wood on a low branch.