Hilltop Photo of the Week
Welcome to Birmingham-Southern's “Hilltop Photo of the Week” webpage and archives. Each week at this site, we'll feature a photo that depicts some aspect of life on the Hilltop campus, along with brief information about what is taking place in the Photo of the Week.
The college welcomes submissions to be considered for the Hilltop Photo of the Week. Scanned or digital photos can be e-mailed to the Office of Communications at email@example.com, or photographic prints may be sent through campus mail to Box 549004. Please limit photo submissions to those that depict some aspect of the BSC experience, and be sure to identify what is taking place in the photo, along with location and people involved.
View the Photo of the Week archive here.
A photo finish—As part of a final project for Birmingham-Southern Associate Professor of Art Pamela Venz’s "Discovering Photography" class last semester that was developed for the college's Harrison Honors Program, students made a contact cyanotype photogram. The process, older than modern photography itself, involves sensitizing a common white bedsheet with a mix of iron-based chemicals. After letting the sheet dry in total darkness for several days, a scene depicting a scuba diver swimming along a rock formation and among several fish was exposed in the sunlight. To make the exposure, the sheet was laid out on a flat, dry surface and a design team went to work. After the sheet was thoroughly exposed for some 25 minutes, another team of students rushed to a dark room and rinsed the sheet fully to stop the exposure. Shown with the finished product (standing, l to r) are Richard Pearlman, Lilliane Ajam, Brent Irwin, Nick Lynch, Will Jackson, Ross Pearlman, Jessie Mayne, Will King, Ava May, Taylor Bain, Gabriela Sherrod, and Hart Benton; (sitting, l to r) are Venz, Madeline Broming, Alex Faust, Katie Green, and Bailey Kimbell. The cyanotype photogram is currently on display in the lobby of the Hill Music Building on campus.
Photo by BSC student Mandi Halbrooks