QSA: a student lead organization promoting acceptance

 

Reflection:

The photos I chose for this audios-how assignment all represent QSA, its members, and some of their significant events/activities. I start off with the QSA logo and other graphic design made by members to represent the group as a whole. I also include lots of pictures of meetings and QSA members holding messages/signs. I asked them to do this because I thought it would be a great way for them to show their messages within this project, and they had already made the signs and backdrop for another photo-shoot. I think the group shots are especially important because they represent individuals coming together to proliferate acceptance and support. Other pictures I included were flyers/announcements that involved events QSA had/has coming up (since I couldn’t be there to shoot these events) because this was a good way to show some of the work/things the organization has been doing on campus.

My topic involves a profile of a student organization on campus, the Queer Straight Alliance (QSA). I’m covering/focusing on this because I think it is important for all types of people and sexualities to be accepted on college campuses. I think that QSA does good work to provide a safe place and bring people together. They promote awareness, support, and acceptance here at DU. I intended to communicate that acceptance of all different types of sexualities is crucial so that students can feel welcomed and safe in their academic and often home environments. The story here involves this student lead group that is doing important work to help/support people of all genders and sexual orientations.

I believe that all of my photographs represent what Queen, the president of the org is taking about. The pictures represent the group as a whole, show different students coming together and spreading their messages, and also visualize some of the events and messages themselves. I placed the slides in a specific order to try and best represent what Queen is saying. For example, when she talks about the Valentine’s Day dinner, Drag show, or painting event I include flyers created by QSA for that event. I try to best visualize the work and positivity that QSA embodies. My audio is based off of one interview, however she is the president of the org and had so many useful/good things to talk to me about. I feel like she gave a great overall description of QSA’s accomplishments. I didn’t include text in most of my photos because I thought most of the visuals and audio clips spoke for themselves, however I did add a couple to clarify information about some photos. Integrating audio took much longer than I thought because it was hard to cut down a whole interview with an abundance of great information into a 2 minute video. Text was also difficult because I found it hard to edit the text how I wanted while also making it easy to read on the screen.

I think what really worked for this project was going to the meetings and getting interviews with important members. For the most part, I think my pictures and audio make an interesting profile. I also thought it worked pretty well to have pictures of different messages/events/announcements to create a comprehensive representation of the organization. What was difficult for me was the editing not the collection of raw materials. I think that it would be a good idea to keep practicing with premier to become more advanced in the future. I found it hard to create text especially, and sometimes I would make mistakes and have to immediately undo them. Next time I would like to get more voices and ambient sounds. I would also like to be better with titles and captioning at that point! I did learn a lot about editing audio, creating different photo effects (Ken Burns) and generally using how to learn premier. I liked the type/variety of pictures I got, and would take similar photos if doing another organization profile. Overall, I learned a lot about editing, recording good quality audio, taking photos that visualize a story, placing photos and ideas in a sequence that makes sense, and how to represent a group of people in an unbiased way that also showcases their activities.

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