Maija Burnett is the Associate Director of Character Animation at CalArts. She’s worked on several blockbuster Hollywood films and has been teaching on subjects in and around the animated figure for years. You know what else she is? An avid photographer. She’s been chronicling her experience of CalArts by way of her Project 365, a daily observational photo diary she’s been keeping of what life at CalArts looks like.
Her photos are all taken by iPhone and, while they could have easily been done by anyone, they represent a person with a very specific eye removed from the hullaballoo of learning. As an educator, she sees the oddity and eccentricities of student life. She’s aware of things like students’ interaction with architecture, unordinary colorscapes, counter cultural pow-wows, and other strange occurrences that anyone else but a teacher would see. Her photos of the school make it seem like the ideological, artsy playground that it is. There are challenges in school but the community is obviously equivalent to a twenty first century artistic salon (at least that’s what it appears to be in the photos).
Unfortunately Maija’s site is currently being worked on and there isn’t a way to see any more of her photos aside from what is shared on her Behance page. The photos are so simple and so great and they make you feel like you are peeking inside of a world you never see. She’s like CalArts’ photographic documentarian. We hope to see more from this series.