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Recently The Chronicle sent photographer Fabrizio Costantini to cover two stories on how, in the wake of Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing, Michigan’s colleges and universities have been central to the city’s efforts to dig itself out of its financial hole.  

One assignment sent Fabrizio to spend a day with the Wayne State University campus police who have been functioning as ad hoc city police in the surrounding streets. And his other assignment sent Fabrizio to the electric vehicle class at Macomb Community College where students are working on the next generation of automotive technology. 

See our website this week to read the stories (here and here).

Following our preview of the most recent Chronicle Review cover (here’s a link to the cover story), we asked photographer, Matt Roth, to write a bit about the process of photographing the red cape.  Also included are a few outtakes from the shoot. (And bonus: at the bottom are three we thought just made beautiful abstract photographs, regardless of their relevance to the story!)

This shoot was a great exercise in …my legs. 

No seriously. My legs were super sore the next day. 

This shoot took two attempts. I was a little lenient on the cape’s tattering on Friday, fearing I might over do it. Then I got a phone call Monday morning requesting MORE TATTER!!!

So, I let myself go nuts with the scissors, rubbed it around in the dirt, and tossed it around like an old rag.

Then I tossed it again… 

and again… 

and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again…

Between each toss (with my right hand), I pressed the shutter (with my left hand), the strobes popped and I made a picture. 

Of course, after each toss I had to pick up the cape. Long story short, I did about an hour of lunges. 

Why not just lay the cape on the ground and shoot from above? Well, for one, It looked boring — and sometimes it looked like a red strappy tank top. The lighting was never right, either. 

Sure, the toss-shoot-pick-up process was tedious, but, weirdly, I really got in to it. I tried out different toss methods: underhand wrist flicks, flung from the side, and a few overhand. 

It was cool seeing the cape form into different shapes as it flew through the air. I’m pretty stoked I get to share the process and show y’all some of the cooler looking outtakes. 

Check out this preview of the cover of most recent issue of The Chronicle Review which features the story “The Superwoman Myth,” by Barnard College President Debora L. Spar, and with photos by Matt Roth.

Check out this preview of the cover of most recent issue of The Chronicle Review which features the story “The Superwoman Myth,” by Barnard College President Debora L. Spar, and with photos by Matt Roth.

After a brief break, we’re back! Check out the past week in higher education from our Big Picture slideshow.

Pictured: A woman inspects the damage inside a Jesuit college compound in Minya, Egypt. Christian schools and churches were burned in recent attacks attributed to Islamists. (Gianluigi Gercia, Agence France-Presse, Getty Images)

After a brief break, we’re back! Check out the past week in higher education from our Big Picture slideshow.

Pictured: A woman inspects the damage inside a Jesuit college compound in Minya, Egypt. Christian schools and churches were burned in recent attacks attributed to Islamists. (Gianluigi Gercia, Agence France-Presse, Getty Images)

And here’s a sneak peek at next week’s cover of The Chronicle Review!

And here’s a sneak peek at next week’s cover of The Chronicle Review!

In case you missed the last two issues of The Chronicle Review, have a look here and here.

Photographer Keri Wiginton shot this fun Hipstamatic photo of Thomas Leslie while on assignment for CHE this week.  

Photographer Keri Wiginton shot this fun Hipstamatic photo of Thomas Leslie while on assignment for CHE this week.  

Keep an eye out for The Chronicle’s Academic Workplace issue with a list of our Great Colleges to Work For.  (Cover illustration by Harry Campbell)

Keep an eye out for The Chronicle’s Academic Workplace issue with a list of our Great Colleges to Work For.  (Cover illustration by Harry Campbell)

An Adjunct Struggles to Get on the Tenure Track (video and editing by Greg Kahn, produced by Rose Engelland). 

To view more videos from this series, see our Adjunct Voices blog.