Campus News

Oberlin in Photos: A World in Pictures

April 15, 2020

Yvonne Gay

A child drops red dye into a glass with water and a celery stick.
Photo credit: Mike Crupi

As of late, many of us have had to turn dining rooms, kitchen counters, coffee tables, and bedrooms into remote working spaces. But what do you do if you’re a photographer and your office only exists outside of the walls of your home? If you’re like Oberlin’s freelancers, you begin to truly see the people and spaces  around you. This photo series is dedicated to our college photographers who see their world in pictures.

Mike Crupi, Cleveland, Ohio

“For many months, if not the last few years, I've been thinking that I ought to get back to taking more family photos, return to focusing on the little things that happen at home. It’s something I had gotten away from since my kids were toddlers. Now they're nine and 12, and I find that one should be careful what they wish for— now I have far too much time on my hands to document my family adventures! Of course in some ways this is a wonderful thing. It has forced me to slow down and appreciate my wife and children and what's great about their personalities. On the other hand, I think we can all admit, even on our most optimistic days, the circumstances under which we're doing so are not ideal. We're all a little anxious and tense at times, and boredom and frustration can set in. But so far, so good. We're all doing our best to slow down and live moment to moment. I think these images show some of that; some of the small moments that make up our larger family portrait.” 

Boys playing cards under a fort.
A card game under the world’s best fort helps to pass the time. 
A boy sits on a bean bag in front of a window.
Can't resist the light.


John Seyfried, Oberlin, Ohio

A tree with three birds in it.
While looking out the window of his home, this photographer managed to capture turkey vultures landing on tree branches. 


A purple flower
A garden flower in full bloom. 


Pang Fei Chiang '19, Brooklyn, New York

Flowers in a window.
"I am not usually a flower person but tending this bouquet and seeing the flowers open is calming to me, especially during these tough times! I am doing things that I otherwise wouldn't and discovering things that are new to me!" 


Yvonne Gay, Sheffield Village, Ohio

A man on a white horse
“I usually only see the Metroparks in a blur because I’m zipping through it on a bike. I’ve seen this horse and rider many times, but it’s the first time I actually stopped to say hello.” 
A brook.
“I could look at this brook all day. Peaceful.” 


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