Personal Territory Tour



The exploration of my territory started off with me meeting an upperclassman in the art and design building. As a freshman I was curious to find any interesting places to go and shoot my newly built pinhole camera, so I asked the guy if he new any places. He told me about a tunnel that ran under the parking lot, and told me how to get to it. As soon as I found my way there I was immediately taken back by how closely it resembled my a place in my home town where I spent a lot of time.

My best friend and I would spend hours exploring the woods behind her house. We would continuously go in sit on a dam that protruded from an older tunnel. There we would talk and play crazy games of ‘would you rather…’ for hours. Its a very strong and fond memory I have of my home. So when a found myself sitting in a spot that brought that feeling back with such vitality, I connected with it. I ended up calling my best-friend instead of doing an exposure. I told her about the spot, and since we miss each other we played ‘ ‘would you rather…’ over the phone.

Just as I did, I want each of the explorers to get out there phone and call someone who has meaning to you, wether that be a best friend, good friend, family member, boyfriend or girlfriend, anyone you miss and love, and play a game of would you rather.  I hope this activity will remind you of fun times you had with those people.


When I first found out that we had to come up with a type of container for our kit to go in, I wanted to take it in a way that was different from the normal idea of a container. The ribbon fits the description of a container, but isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind.


This was the activity that I wanted each of the explorers to do. Because I had made a connection to my spot by playing would you rather with my best friend over the phone, then maybe by having them do the same thing they might be able to make that same connection. The tool I had them use was their own phones to call their friends back home.

This was my kit when it was taken apart. The idea for the ribbon was mostly to take the thought of a container and make it abstract. I also wanted to use different paper for each part.


The map I created was hand drawn of the town of Alfred. You started in the Cohen studio and walked to the destination. I also drew an exact spot to where you should sit so that they could get in the same exact spot that I was when I claimed my territory.


Hunting Moby Dick

Hi! My name is Sophie- I’m a first year foundations student at Alfred University. One of our first projects (in addition to creating this blog) was to take an short excerpt from Moby Dick and photograph the nouns in the passage. We weren’t simply taking a photo of the word, we were asked to find people, places, and objects that would literally represent our words and then photograph them. After we collected our images, we chose the best for each word and collaged them together. All the images were in black and white so that when each student (there’s about fifty of us) finished their collage, we could put the story back together in one big book. Of the fifty collages, no two were the same. Many of my peers created an entirely new atmosphere by filling their entire paper, while others used the white of the paper to create movement and space. Students also used sharpies, markers, and pens to add different dimensions and drawings to the image. This assignment asked us to solve a problem- how can we represent a single word with an image? How then can we relate it to our passage and best represent the images Hermon Melville initially created? Our professors forced us to think observationally and analytically as we went outside to photograph words like “Rome” and “spile” in the small, middle-of-nowhere village of Alfred. For words that are unheard of at our university, we had to change our way of thinking and our perspective in order to find a way to best represent the passage we were assigned. This assignment was, yes, frustrating, but allowed us to be creative in the way that we approached it.


Here are links to interesting things related to Moby dick and our project:

Every page of Moby Dick illustrated:

Five interesting things about Moby Dick:

Herman Mellvilles thoughts on art:

DESCRIBE PROCESS: Right away when I walked out the doors I went my own way and didn’t follow the crowd. I had my words written down in my journal and I went exploring. I had to keep my eyes peeled to look for these objects that I would use to represent my words. It was challenging to look for these certain objects. I had to search everywhere! I looked high, I looked low and I had to use my communication skills to find some extra help. I ended up walking around town and in the neighborhoods to look for some inspiration.