Helen Arase

President Barack Obama designates part of the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument, October 10, 2014. CAMPUS TIMES/Helen Arase


Vision:

Helen Arase considers herself a part of a new wave of journalism that embraces multimedia while participating in print publications and respecting the ethics and integrity of photography and journalism. She deeply respects the idea of the traditional photojournalist - typically stereotyped as strictly news and documentary, usually never stepping into the arts - and Arase sees herself as a journalist whose primary medium of communication is photography. However, Arase enjoys using these same skills for her own artistic projects and believes the definition of a photojournalist is changing along with the vehicles in which the public receives its news. 

Helen Arase is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Press Photographers Association, Asian American Journalists Association and the Journalism and Women Symposium.

Arase's ongoing projects include continuing into the second phase of her project on the Japanese-American experience during WWII called "70 Years Later" and a self-reflection project.

At USC she has explored bipolar disorder, the mental health care in the Los Angeles County jails and support available after and the multiracial millennial experience.

She is actively pursuing education and developing skills, while continuing to follow the ever-changing landscape of visuals and multimedia online. 


Honors:

University of La Verne College of Arts and Sciences' Winter 2016 Commencement Speaker

University of La Verne College of Arts and Sciences, Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, Humanities Category

Gary Colby, photography department chair, photojournalism degree adviser and actual best human in the world; Austen Beck, Arts category winner; me; Stacey McCarroll Cutshaw, visiting professor of photography - Dean's Award ceremony, May 2015


Shooting Equipment:

Nikon D3100 body and DX 11-16mm, f/2.8; 35mm, f/1.8

Nikon D610 body and FX lenses 24-70mm, f/2.8; 70-200mm, f/2.8


Technical Proficiencies:

Adobe Creative Suite: Lightroom, Photoshop, Bridge, Premiere, Audition (Certified Associate Premiere Pro)

HTML, CSS, JavaScript coding

Nikon DSLR system and compatible equipment

Lighting: Studio flash and continuous lighting systems; off-camera speedlight and wireless triggering kits; architectural

Go to Helen's Linkedin.

A young photojournalist looking for eye-opening experiences  

Helen Arase is a MS in journalism candidate at the University of Southern California.

At USC she's working with the Los Angeles Times as part of a group of journalists coding and visualizing data for a marijuana-related interactive, following California's lowriders for a documentary film and photography project, and reporting stories with virtual reality and emerging technologies of people who have been deported and those they left behind.

Arase received her BA in journalism with a concentration in photojournalism in January 2016 at the University of La Verne. Her photographic interests and aspirations include social and political movements, human rights and historical issues.

Helen Arase was a member of the photography staff of the university’s newspaper and magazine, "Campus Times" and "La Verne Magazine," for just under three years. Prior to graduation she served both publications as the photography editor for a combined three consecutive terms.

In August of 2015, Arase founded and was the first curator of the Ground Floor Gallery, adjacent to the Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography in Miller Hall, dedicated to showcasing student work from the Photography Department of the University of La Verne.

Arase completed an internship at the "Claremont Courier" in the summer of 2014.

  Photograph by   Meghan Attaway

Photograph by Meghan Attaway


Awards:

2014 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards, Region 11:

  • 1st place, General Photography (small school)
  • 1st place, Sports Photography (small school)

2015 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards, Region 11:

  • 1st place, Sports Photography (small school)
  • Finalist (as "La Verne Magazine" staff), Best Student Magazine

2015-2016 Photographer of the Year, University of La Verne

2016 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards, Region 11:

  • 1st place, Feature Photography (small school)
  • Finalist (as "La Verne Magazine" staff), Best Student Magazine

 Still photo from upcoming documentary and photography project on lowriders

Still photo from upcoming documentary and photography project on lowriders