Spring 2009 Senior Thesis Exhibition

Dawn Berinsky


Objects from the past are so nostalgic. There once was a time, especially in the 1920's through the 1960's, when the world was different. For example, a musical performer relied strictly on their raw talent as opposed to the voice enhancement software commonly used today. Teenagers talked in a whole different language, using phrases like "back seat bingo", "I dig it" and "get bent". Women were expected to dress up anytime they left the house. Things were hand crafted rather than mass-produced on an assembly line. Also letters were hand written rather than typed. All and all more time and effort was put into everything, from getting ready to go out on the town to making household items.

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Dawn Berinsky


When I was four-years-old I received my first box set of 50's and 60's music and instantly became intrigued with past eras. The sound of the Marcel's Fred Johnson's (a.k.a. Mr. Bassman) bomp bomp ba dang a dong ding from "Blue Moon" sends chills down my spine, therefore "I dig" photographing records and record players. I am very drawn to photographing anything handwritten because I think there is more feeling put into to writing a letter rather than typing one because a person takes the time to pull out the pen and paper, write the letter, address it, stamp it, and put it in the mail, where as an email is just quickly typed up and sent. Also the typeface in an email will always be the same, but the penmanship in a handwritten letter will be completely unique to the author. Also taking the time to make myself look "cherry" makes appreciate my femininity much more and therefore I have also been intrigued with photographing things like purses and hats.

These photographs focus on objects from the past. They are up-close and personal because I want to portray the same appreciation and passion that I have for these items.


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