A Photo Walk at Cal Poly Pomona University

During the Fall of 1998, I started college as a Freshman at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (a.k.a. Cal Poly Pomona).  Among the courses that I took that quarter were two photography classes – COM 131 and COM 131L.  These classes focused on basic photography techniques, including taking, processing, and selecting good photos.  Keep in mind that these were still the days of 35mm film.  “Processing” meant just that…processing and developing rolls of film in the dark room, not on the computer like we’re accustomed to today. 

As a result of an architectural print assignment, my photo of the gazebo at the university’s Rose Garden was selected to be published in the upcoming university catalog (1999-2001, pg. 68).  Here’s a scan from an actual print…

Now fast-forward to nearly 12 years later where I recently had the opportunity to go back to my old university for a casual photo walk.  A lot has changed since I graduated in 2003.  Among the changes that I saw included a new parking garage, several new buildings, and a Japanese Garden complete with Koi pond, bridges, and bamboo.  Although I didn’t take nearly as many photos as I would on a normal photo walk, I did manage to visit the Rose Garden to photograph the gazebo in an attempt to replicate the same photo I took 12 years earlier.  Again, a lot has changed, including the gazebo and Rose Garden itself.  Light rods have been installed and of courses no roses during this time of year. 

And here’s a more contemporary version…

Soph - February 25, 2010 - 4:08 pm

Gosh I remember this place – the rose garden… you’d sometimes see ducks running through.

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