The photos that make up this slideshow are mainly photos of RA’s that allowed me to shadow them while they performed duties related to the job, including walking with them on duty nights, photographing them interacting with residents, and taking pictures at programs held during the week. The topic is essentially everything that goes into the RA job and trying to give a full depiction of what it is like to be an RA, all the good and bad parts included. As an RA myself, I felt that many people have misconceptions about what RA’s do or do not do, so by trying to convey a holistic picture of what goes into the job, I hope that this slideshow might be able to clarify and shed light on the duties we perform.
In taking the photos for the slideshow, I tried to, above all, capture active students engaged in the daily routine of the Bridge Project. My topic focused on the Westwood Opportunity Center, one of the Bridge Project’s four sites around Denver, and the services they offer to students living in the housing projects nearby. The organization offers an after school location for kindergarten through high school students living in housing projects and provides students with an assortment of educational services, homework assistance, tutor programs and social health classes taught by licensed educators and social work interns at DU.
My ultimate goal in creating the slideshow was to portray the daily routine at Bridge, as well as highlight the helpful services and education avenues the staff at Bridge is opening for more economically disadvantaged students. The pictures attempted to communicate interaction between tutors/staff and the students, as well as showcase the cooperative nature of the organization while shedding a light on who works there and why. Continue reading
The photos I used in my slideshow come from the protest of the Wells Fargo board meeting held this month in Salt Lake City. A group on campus called the Colorado Student Power Alliance teamed up with other activist groups across the country to meet in Utah to make sure that John Stumpf, CEO of Wells Fargo, and the shareholders of the company heard their objections and their personal testimonies.
With these photos, I wanted to show the protesters in action, the response of the hotel’s security as well as the Salt Lake City police, and the narrative that was purposefully kept out of the meeting that day. I hoped to show the enthusiasm of the people who participated in the action as well as the sense of immediacy and desperation that they brought to the protest. It was clear through my interaction with the protesters that many were losing their homes or drowning in student debt. I wanted to share their voices because no one else there was listening.
I chose to do my audio slideshow and the acapela group Idiosyncrasies because I thought it would be visually appealing as well as a good opportunity to get great audio. I attended a few of the groups’ practices to obtain the pictures and audio. Through my slideshow I wanted to introduce the Idiosyncrasies to people who do not know who they are or what they do. Therefore, I asked my interviewee basic questions and I took photos of the members simply singing and preparing for their next show. The photographs in the slideshow were chosen to illustrate the hard work, dedication, and passion involved in being in the Idiosyncrasies. I tried to get a variety of shots including the planning, fun, and of course singing that goes on during a typical practice. I placed the pictures in a particular order so that they would correlate to what Morgan, the girl I interviewed, was saying. For example, I put shots of the individuals Morgan mentioned as she mentioned them and I put shots of the group laughing and interacting with each other when Morgan discussed the great relationships among group members. In terms of audio, again, I tried to make it match up to the photographs. I also felt it necessary to play background music of the group singing because that is what they are known for. I started the slideshow with their warmup to give the viewer a feeling of being at the practice. Then I played most of a song throughout the rest of the slideshow, making sure to have breaks in the interview so the viewer could hear the song.
The photos that I took for the slideshow are of different aspects of the Root 40 Music Festival. I took photos of a lot of behind the scenes set up for the first day of the festival of bands, merchandise stations, and the people who were working at the festival. I also took pictures of various bands that played on different nights during the weeklong festival. Some of these bands included Vomit Slaughter, Paradox Afterlife, and the A-Oks. Through these photos, I wanted to show how much work was involved in putting the festival together and how many people were really involved. The scale of the festival was huge, and I wanted to emphasize what a great opportunity this festival provides for interns, volunteers, bands, and even audience members.
The photo slides were placed strategically with what the interviewees were talking about. For example, when the intern I interviewed (Colin Starner) was talking about his duties that he was assigned throughout the process of Root 40, I coordinated the pictures of fliers and Colin stage-managing when he explained these aspects of his job. Through the audio, I wanted to highlight what it was like to help organize such a large music festival because the general public doesn’t quite know the effort people behind the scenes put into making a festival great and run smoothly. During this project, I learned that great pictures can really compliment audio clips to effectively demonstrate a point. I found audio editing rather easy, except for cutting out little bits and still having it sound smooth. I realized how much work really goes into making an audio slideshow work well with the pictures that I took, but I really enjoyed the process and creating my own video from little bits and pieces of pictures and audio clips. Next time, I would probably try to do my interview first just to make sure that the pictures completely match up with my audio clips because I think it adds a whole other level to a project.
My story was about staying fit in college. I got a wide group of students to show all the ways that students can stay fit with working out and diet. I chose this subject because I think that with classes and hectic schedules students want to find the time to work out and stay fit but too often overlook the importance of it. Getting the interviews was really hard with many variables that made this an obstacle. For the photos I didn’t always use the person I interviewed in the slides to show the wide range of the people that work out. The order of my photos was to really try and match up the audio with a relevant photo. For instance when the person talked about soccer I had him kicking a soccer ball. I wanted the audio to stand for itself and thought that the interviews gave great insight so I didn’t use that much text.
This slideshow contains an interview from a DU student, Molly Clarke. Clarke has been interning with Padres Unidos, a non profit, for the past 5 months. This slideshow tells the the viewer what the organization is and what she has been doing for them. North High School was having a health awareness week and so Padres Unidos participated in efforts to reach the Latino community at the high school. The photos in the slideshow contain pictures from the health awareness week, focusing on the Padres Unidos booth. I took pictures of the people who came up to the booth and tried to capture the interactions. Continue reading
For the pictures in my audio slideshow, I tried my best to provide a variety of close-ups and wide-shots. I intended to mix up the angles, follow the rule of thirds, and create interesting lines. I took pictures of David rehearsing for his recital, pictures of the Lamont School of Music, and David in his apartment performing warm up rituals. I attempted to gather pictures from as many settings as possible, in order to avoid repetition and to keep the pictures interesting.
It was challenging to match the pictures with the audio, but for the most part, I believe that I accomplished this. I should take more pictures in the future so that I have a wider variety to choose from, and more flexibility during the editing process. As far as the story I wanted to tell, I tried to create a clear beginning, middle, and end. For the conclusion, I used pictures as foreshadowing, pointing to David’s future. Since there was no clear way to represent this visually, it was more metaphorical, showing the Lamont School of Music as a jumping off point. Continue reading