Photographs and captions by Jasper Zhou, class of 2023
First-year student Jasper Zhou, a double major in geography and computer and information science, remained on campus during the coronavirus shutdown earlier this year. The absence of the typical hustle-bustle of UO life was not lost on the aspiring photographer—but as his pictures and words attest, even in repose the university inspires.
Black-and-white photos aren’t my type of style because it is hard to make the photo pop. Personally speaking, B&W is a type of storytelling, and it makes people think. This photo was at the corner of the EMU, and I shot it at night. Due to COVID-19, the whole campus became quiet and empty. That’s sad, and that's the main reason why I chose B&W for this shot.
“Blue hour” vs. “golden hour”? “Golden hour” appears after the sunrise and before the sunset; “blue hour” appears after the sunset and before the sunrise. Daily, most photographers tend to shoot photos during the “golden hour,” but I enjoy the “blue hour” more. In my opinion, the “blue hour” gives people a peaceful feeling. To achieve a better result for this panorama photo, I shot a couple of photos and stitched them together.