Through the eyes of study abroad students

Reverse culture shock

For the slideshow of my story, I took pictures that gave my article a visual aspect.  I did not take many pictures that added more information to my article, but I took photos that acted out what I said in my story.  The way I had my article organized was the same way I organized my photos.  I felt as if my article was able to tell a story about reverse culture shock well so I did the same for my slideshow.

The story that I told through my pictures is introducing reverse culture shock, telling stories from people who studied abroad, differences from Europe and America, and then what people can do to handle it.  I took more literal photos rather than abstract.  I think that taking more abstract photos would be difficult for my topic.  So I took literal photos because I thought that my story would be translated better.

In terms of the photographic process, it was not too difficult to create photo ideas because I directly drew from my article.  But actually taking the picture of my ideas was difficult because what I had envisioned in my head would not translate into real life.  I think the main reason for that was angling.  I was not entirely sure about my angling on certain photos.  As a result, I took multiple photos of one subject.  To determine which ones to keep, I looked at them on my computer and decided which ones would be easier to edit or was clearer.

I learned that certain angles impact the photo and can make it seem more interesting or boring.  For next time, I want to try and take photos that go beyond what I wrote to offer more information or give a different perspective.

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