DU Pioneer Breakers share positive experiences in hip-hop community

My photos revolved around the individuals on the Pioneer Breakers team. Since this story centers on their personal experiences within the hip-hop community, I wanted to focus my photographs on their faces and body language. Combined, these two components would provide a more well-rounded illustration of the Breakers’ stories: the viewer would not only be listening to the tones in the individuals’ voices but would also be observing their visual cues. While photographing, I strove to capture the emotion in my subjects using intriguing compositions and close-ups. The primary emotion expressed turned out to be joy revealed through smiles and laughter. This joyfulness, I hope, generates a positive mood in the viewer. The upbeat background music (I wanted to complete the breakdance story by adding corresponding music) also hopefully enhances this feel-good energy, ultimately creating a sense of enjoyment in my slideshow’s audience, giving them a positive hip-hop experience.  I also shot photos of the individuals dancing, visualizing their dance styles and personalities. I was concerned with the blurriness of these photos but I hope they provide my slideshow with a sort of energy that alludes to the atmospheric buzz generated when these dancers perform. I also organized these dance photos in a logical sequence so that the viewer could observe each step in the dancer’s intricate (not to mention rapid) movements.

In terms of audio order, I wanted to start with a clip that would offer a brief introduction and some necessary background information (such as the fact that the Pioneer Breakers members are ironically not DU students, making the club open to all individuals, DU students or not). Afterwards, I simply followed the same order in which I interviewed each Breakers member, ensuring chronological sequence. Some of the photos do not match up as well as they could have with the audio. I regret to say my laptop crashed at an inopportune time so I could not access the large reservoir of photos I had on file, but I was lucky enough to have saved a small quantity of photos in my flash drive. I did the best I could with what I had but there are definitely areas for improvement (next time, I’ll be sure to save all of my photos to a reliable device). Speaking of which, the audio editing itself was not entirely seamless; there are points where the voice cuts off too suddenly, making the audio sound choppy and incoherent. While working with the software, I realized the difficulty in slicing audio at the precise syllable needed. I eventually got the hang of it, creating audio that does not sound sliced at all, but other times I couldn’t, so I experienced some wins and losses. This challenge, however, was perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of learning how to use Final Cut Pro; it compelled me to engage more closely with my interviewees, becoming familiar with the rhythm of each person’s voice; this careful listening led me to connect with each of his or her stories on a more intimate level.

One Response to DU Pioneer Breakers share positive experiences in hip-hop community

  • Paris Norris
    Paris Norris says:

    I really like how you just dive right into the slideshow. I thought that some of the photos were out of focus, I’m sure it’s because you were trying to capture your subjects in motion, however, in my opinion, they should have been left out. Your overall flow was good, in terms of interchanging subjects and objects. This was also good with the audio, and i liked how you correlated your audio with the images, so that the audio matched the slide.

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