The DU Bridge Project: A bright spot in Denver area education

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.

I personally work as a tutor at Bridge and have seen firsthand the difference it makes in these students and their academic and social environments. By creating this, I could hopefully share the story of a well-organized, committed social organization doing meaningful things in the community.

I basically chose to photograph a wide range of social interaction of students and staff at Westwood. I tried to capture students working, socializing and playing as they would any day at Bridge and the slideshow is an attempt to identify that. As far as the order of the pictures, I began with more photos of the building and its dimensions to allow for a perspective of the site itself. I then ordered the photos based on the audio interviews, trying to match what was being said to the visuals. The audio represented views from three interviewees but focuses mainly on the site educator who provided good background about the larger organization, but also the specifics of day-to-day interactions and services.

I had never done anything like this before this project so my experience cutting together the audio and photos was interesting. I had a slight quality problem with my audio upon review which I could not fix. The main interview took place in a small room and produced a slight hollow, echo undertone. Although this audio wasn’t as crisp as I’d liked, it still is clear and concise and can most likely be attributed to my error in setting up the recorder or using it.

The pictures I used were based on a quality criteria. Any blurry pictures or pictures with poor composition I decided to not include. Also, I tried to match pictures with what was being said in the audio to provide a link between the two.

If I could do the project again, I would definitely focus on sharpening up my audio and taking more pictures since I started to run out toward the end. I did find success in performing the interviews first before taking the pictures because it allowed me to hear what was important to the sources and then work to provide an appropriate visual later.

One Response to The DU Bridge Project: A bright spot in Denver area education

  • Lauren Poore
    Lauren Poore says:

    This was a very interesting subject to do the audio slideshow on. I liked how you had a personal connection with the subject of this project, and the audio interviews provided great insight into the program.

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