Mind Bender

Lisa Kjorstad Roche '06 photographed Chicago's Cloud Gate sculpture by Amish Kapoor and displayed her work as part of the Cawein Gallery's Alumni Show. (Photo by Lisa Roche)

A GRANDFATHER'S SHARING OF DARKROOM CRAFT with his 8-year-old granddaughter and a photography professor's encouragement lead to two majors—and a continuing interest in the art of the image.

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Lisa Kjorstad Roche ’06 came to Pacific to study business, but it wasn’t long before she heard of Jim Flory’s photography class. With fond childhood memories of helping in her grandfather’s darkroom, she signed up.

Flory, who takes students from pinhole photography through film photography and traditional darkroom techniques, encouraged Roche, who mostly prefers landscapes, people in their natural environments and architecture. “I just like how you can capture a moment that you’re never going to see again.” As a result, she stuck with business studies, but added photography as a second major. Roche now works in the Admissions Office.

For this series, part of the Katherine Cawein Gallery’s Alumni Show, she was intrigued with Chicago’s huge stainless steel Cloud Gate sculpture by Amish Kapoor, known to locals as “The Bean.” None of these images have been manipulated in any way: they simply represent what interested Roche in the polished folds, bends and reflections of the steel sculpture.

Go to: http://www.zurcher-roche.com to see more of Lisa Roche’s work with fellow alumna Dana Zurcher '07.