Depth of Field

Depth of Field is the Newsroom’s photo and multimedia blog. It will bring you some of the best of St. Thomas photography and multimedia – recent photos we like, selections from UST’s rich photo history, or our latest video project.

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Stairway to Heaven

Hidden Spaces

Photography director Mike Ekern crouched, climbed and crept around the St. Paul campus to capture some hidden treasures.
Abbie Hoffman

Depth of Field Icons: Abbie Hoffman

Abbie Hoffman, the most celebrated social and political activist and anti-war dissident of his time, spoke at St. Thomas 27 years ago this month on Sept. 20, 1988.
Rosa Parks

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On a frigid afternoon in February 1986, civil rights activist Rosa Parks visited St. Thomas, sharing a hopeful message of peace and equality.

Depth of Field: WineHaven

Photographer Mike Ekern explored WineHaven, a Chisago City winery and vineyard run by Kyle Peterson.

Depth of Field: Photo Services’ Best of 2014

The quiet contemplation of a documentary videographer. The excitement of a football fan. The rapture of a musical performance. We’ve picked these moments, and the others you see here, from the more than 5,000 we collected in 2014 as our favorites of the year.
St. Thomas Spring

Depth of Field: Signs of Spring

The winter of 2013-14 was the coldest in 35 years according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. But with temperatures after today predicted to be above freezing, it's only a matter of time before scenes like these show up all over campus.
Alex Haley

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Family roots run deep when you dig into your genealogy, which Alex Haley did to write "Roots: The Saga of an American Family" (1976). Haley spoke on campus on Oct. 28, 1986.
Lightning flashes over the Frey Science and Engineering Center Oct. 2. (Photo by Mark Brown)

Depth of Field: Photo Services’ Best Photos of 2013

Historic steel being lowered to the ground. Lightning as it arcs above campus. St. Thomas presidents, past and present, walking together. We've picked these moments, and the others you see here, from the more than 5,000 we collected in 2013 as our best of the year.
Workers expect the Afton site to be mostly empty of debris by Oct 18. (Photo by Mike Ekern '02)

Depth of Field: Bridge Work

More than 12,000 pounds of debris from the 35W bridge collapse has arrived on campus. The remnants will serve as a reminder to those who aspire to engineer a better future for all of us.

Depth of Field: Kites

Lance Ramm flies a kite on the John P. Monahan Plaza as part of an event celebrating St. Thomas' wind power initiatives and Earth Week April 25.
Campus Scenes

Depth of Field: In Defense of Winter

By now winter is the season we despise with the fiery passion of a thousand suns. We shouldn't let that stop us from taking a look back at what winter was before it became the March and April bully.
President Harry Truman

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St. Thomas President Father Vincent Flynn (left) greets U.S. President Harry Truman (center) and Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey on Summit Avenue as Truman and Humphrey travel from Minneapolis to St. Paul's Hotel Lowry on Nov. 3, 1949.