Publication Date

Spring 2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Independent Film and Digital Imaging

First Advisor

Beth Parin, M.F.A.

Second Advisor

Daniel Nearing, M.F.A.

Third Advisor

Cherise Stone, Ph.D.


Steel Samba is a photographic mosaic exploration of four lift bridges connecting the east and west sides of Joliet, Illinois. Using the artist influence of Claude Monet’s 1872 image Le Pont de bois (the wooden bridge), I have created digital images of these bridges from many different views. The purpose of this series is to focus on these bridges: their history; their beauty; and how they move in sync to raise for waterway traffic almost in a dance formation.


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