Sandra Louise Dyas Photography


Friday, January 29, 2016

"Our Future Exists Because We Have Imagined It"

"Our Future Exists Because We Have Imagined It" was installed at the Peter Paul Luce Gallery, Cornell College Department of Art & Art History in November and early December 2015. Mike worked with MY PHOTO STUDENTS from #104 Photo Imaging -- all 15 of them + Michelle Mouton's writing students.

Mike Bianco visited Cornell College for two weeks -- it was fantastic to have him on campus, in the gallery and with our students.  Students worked with activist/artist Mike Bianco and created a wall of photos in the LUCE GALLERY at Cornell College.

My students were asked to envision their future - and in addition, I gave them several photographic assignments. Mike and my students did several workshops together. At the end of our block (3 1/2 weeks of class) we installed the wall of images my students created. They used all HOLGA cameras, black and white film and darkroom printing practices.

This exhibition/workshop was created by Mike Bianco, activist artist whose art practice "is invested in socially engaged art, and focuses on issues of politics, environment, sustainability, community activism, energy decline, and the impending “century of crisis.”

Professors Michelle Mouton & Sandy Dyas , and their photo & writing students gathered to talk about writing and photography they did in response to visiting artist & environmental activist Mike Bianco, and his challenge to imagine a Cornell College campus of the future. Environmental studies club likewise rose to the challenge and was awarded funding to begin working with the beehives on campus. Facilities workers planted a new swath of prairie on the south side of campus. Students are fired up! 

Almost finished installing my students' photos from this block. A Studio Basics in Art called Photo Imaging. All made with film in the darkroom.

Alexandra Young installs her photographs on the wall in Luce Gallery. My class is part of a collaborative work involving the work of artist Mike BiancoCornell College Department of Art & Art History

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


This is a wonderful resource for street photography films/videos --- Thank you Eric Kim -- it is his blog.

15+ Inspirational Street Photography Videos You Must Watch

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Open Window, Iowa City, Iowa - Part of YOUR VIEWS by Gillian Wearing

Open Window from Sandy Dyas on Vimeo.

Open Window is part of a huge collaborative video project called YOUR VIEWS created by Gillian Wearing. She is one of my favorite new photographers - her work is conceptually motivated and is everywhere, photography, video and installation.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Weather(ing) Time

HOME GROWN STORIES is our blog - LeAnn Erickson and I have been collaborating and/or having video conversations since the conception of this idea in summer of 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. Our newest postings are three videos - one each from myself and LeAnn and our guest artist, ELLEN WETMORE

The word prompt was WEATHER.

Weather(ing) Time from Sandy Dyas on Vimeo.

Weather determines how a farmer lives his life. It is a firm marker of time. Season to season, we can feel and see how time changes everything. Weather(ing) Time is dedicated to my Dad and his love for this Iowa land.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Sylvia & LeRoy (two fish)

LeAnn Erickson and I host a website called We make short, low tech videos about space and place. We use prompts and "fish" was the prompt. I made two videos - this one is dedicated to Jamie Elizabeth, my daughter who has the two goldfish, Sylvia & LeRoy.

Tale of two goldfish living together for over ten years. Not long ago, Sylvia jumped ship and was found exceptionally still, on the floor near their aquarium. Since then they have reconciled and are swimming happily ever after. This video is dedicated to Jamie Elizabeth.

Sylvia & LeRoy (two fish) from Sandy Dyas on Vimeo.