STUDENT PHOTO OP
Zev Hoover is a 14-year-old home-schooled lad trying to effectively learn how to use Photoshop and his camera, which is
way too good for him. He always writes about himself in the third
person, and he posts to an occasional blog with behind-the-scenes
descriptions of the complicated process behind his images, many
of which feature him as the main subject.
He is best known to his friends on Flickr as Fiddle Oak, a play on
“little folk,” which aptly describes the incredible images that make
up his “miniature world.” In his fantastical photos in which people
and objects are digitally shrunken, broccoli stalks make sturdy
trees, fallen leaves are just right for setting sail, while feathers and
balloons are other viable methods of flight.
In the image First Snow of the Year, Zev celebrates the occasion with
a picture of his sister kneeling in some shrubs making an odd face.
View more of his images at < www.flickr.com/fiddleoak>.
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It’s been nearly six months since a piece about my work
in Yemen was published in PDNedu (Storytellers, Photographing Yemen with Heart), and I can say without a doubt
it has had a positive impact—not only on my work but on my
connections with other young photographers. I’ve spent the
past year between Lebanon and Yemen, photographing the
constantly changing political landscape, while returning to my
native Minnesota on occasion to work on a story or project.
Publications like PDNedu have an invaluable impact on
aspiring and established photographers alike, providing connections, ideas and information about the latest
technology and photography innovations. With your high
standard for excellence and such personable editors,
photographers will surely continue to read and learn from
your publication for years to come.
— Alex Potter, photojournalist
Last spring you were kind enough to write an article
on the photography program at Killingly High School,
where I’ve been a photo instructor for the past 32
years. I wanted to thank you for the valuable educational
information you provide to students and other readers.
Over the years, I’ve often used articles in the magazine
as a teaching tool for my photo students. What I like most
about these articles is that they talk about young and
emerging photographers working in different locations
around the world. The stories cover real-life situations and
bring humanitarian concerns to readers.
A strong message is being sent to students about the
importance of images, conceptual relationships to other
areas of study and how things are tied together.
Thank you again, PDNedu, for your efforts.
— Alex Caserta, photo instructor
Killingly High School, Killingly, Connecticut
Supplying a fresh stack of PDNedu for photo students
at the University of South Carolina invariably produces a
frenzy. When students mobbed the available copies this past
spring, and as I sat and read mine, I appreciated even more
the significance of this publication, not only for aspiring undergraduate photography students but also those in graduate
programs, recent graduates and emerging artists and educators. The spring 2013 issue, for example, contained a broad
but directed compilation of articles exceptionally valuable
for a wide range of photographers, including a showcase of
winners of the PDNedu Student Photo Contest, which could
only be inspiring and motivating to passionate photography
students. That particular piece prompted extensive conversation within our photography program, as students discussed
the merits of work from throughout the world. Personally, as
an adjunct professor of photography, diligently proceeding
toward career advancement, I’m appreciative of the articles
focused on mid-career photo educators’ discussions of experiences for beginning and continuing the educational aspects
of their professions.
Thank you for your efforts to provide students and professionals alike with current ideas, techniques, technologies and
trends that encourage and improve photographic practices.
— Eliot Dudik
ARTIS TIC MUSE: Besides posing for this picture, Zev’s sister Aliza also helps out as
his assistant, secretary and partner in crime, scheming with him about concepts.