Photo Students Explore Choice Between Vice and Virtue

October 20, 2017

With students in his Photo I class, Professor Adam Lampton recently recreated one of the most ambitious, controversial 19th century photographs, Rejlander’s “Two Ways of Life,” which is an allegory of the choice between vice and virtue, represented by a bearded sage (center) leading two young men from the countryside onto the stage of life. The rebellious youth (left) seeks lust, gambling, and idleness; his counterpart (right) chooses religion, marriage, and good works. Given the impossibility of capturing such complexity in a single exposure, the artist photographed each model and background section separately, meticulously combining them into a single large print.