The Student Body

Whitman is active—this isn’t a secret. With my fresh first-year perspective, I still meander around campus, jaw dropped in awe of both the physical and intellectual talents of my peers. From the soccer player who is a potter in her free time to the BBMB major who has a passion for singing, the students at Whitman College both take on many activities and fully submerge themselves in those, flirting with being involved to the point their activities define them as people. Trying to branch out of my first-year bubble, I worked with students of a variety of disciplines, asking them how they felt they were connected to what they do. Using a photo editing program, I then overlaid photos that represent their activities, showing the connectivity between the Whitman College student body and the passion that stands behind their actions.

The Student Body
The Student Body
The Student Body
The Student Body
The Student Body
The Student Body

The Student Body

Photo by Marra Clay

Godwin Peck (2017) "I started climbing because it s a physical and mental challenge- it's a puzzle and also a strenuous physical activity. Although I just started, I've gotten a lot stronger and more technical, it's kind of addicting now. The more I see myself improve the more fun it is because there are more opportunities."

The Student Body

Photo by Marra Clay

Riley Mehring (2017). "I am generally inspiried by a picture that I see, and then my take on it generally includes a lot more color than is there naturally... When I pain, I feel like I am going away from preconceptions."

The Student Body

Photo by Marra Clay

Emma Altman (2017) "I dance because it allows me to use my body to tell a story... You can't just do the steps and hope you've conveyed your emotion to the audience, you have to think about how every fiber in your body can move and work together to present a unified and clear picture, image, or emotion. It's really powerful when you come offstage and you feel so empty because you've left all your emotional capability there."

The Student Body

Photo by Marra Clay

Nic Win (2015) "Why do [I] swim? Because it's like a drug and I love the competitive yet eccentric culture that surrounds the sport. My intensity, focus, and imaturity are all derived from [swimming]."

The Student Body

Photo by Marra Clay

Jack Bynum (2017) "For my ultra endurance adventures... my body is the capacity to carry my soul out into the woods. It's the thing that shows me pain and allows my mind to get over pain. Feet are, for me the most basic of walking barefoot through woods, serving as the sixth sense that allows me to feel what's under me more intimately."

The Student Body

Photo by Marra Clay

Quinn Gordon (2016) "I love to read and write... to express myself and hear multiple perspectives and how interpretations of a text can change depending on the interpreter."




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