Madelyn Smith is a junior at Louisiana State University studying Natural Resource Ecology and Management with a minor in painting and drawing. In the spring of her freshman year, she applied for a Roger Hadfield Ogden Leaders Scholarship provided by the LSU Honors College to fund the creation of Louisiana Gone. Her goal was to highlight the unique cultural traditions of southern Louisiana threatened by coastal land loss and start a broader discussion of this complicated issue at LSU. “Louisiana Gone” is the culmination of her intersecting interests in environmentalism, social issues, and fine arts.
Trent Andrus is a senior studying Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana State University with a minor in math. To complete the photography featured in Louisiana Gone, Trent and Madelyn worked as a team, utilizing the waist level viewfinder on their medium format film camera to produce collaborative photographs. Trent’s interest in film photography stems from a fascination with the chemical processes involved and the expertise required to produce quality photographs. He is inspired by photographers like Ansel Adams that pioneered photography as an art form through their technical prowess.
Courtney Beesch, a native of Arizona, is a junior studying digital culture with an emphasis in graphic design at Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design in the Arts. Additionally, she in minoring in special events management and planning. Courtney is passionate about art and design, education, fitness, human rights, the environment and sustainability. She has spent the past three years doing graphic design work from logos, websites, resumes and yearbooks. She considers layout a second language and has begun incorporating augmented reality in her projects.