Justin Cygan

Justin Cygan

I am a second-year double major in International Studies and Journalism at the University of Denver. I'm a Colorado native who enjoys snowboarding, skating, writing and photography.

The trials of being a student musician

I shot most of the photos for my slideshow during one session with Daniel. We went together to the Newman Center and got a practice room. There he played both guitar and viola for me and I interviewed him. I had never been within the music school so being there with him while he practiced and photographing him was helpful to completing the slideshow. Through the photos of him, I am attempting to just show him and his passion for music within the context of the entire slideshow mission of conveying the struggles and pleasure of being a student musician.

I tried to have a good mix of close up and medium shots and tried some interesting framing techniques in capturing him. A photo of someone just playing an instrument can be boring so I tried to change that. The other photos in the slideshow are mostly “b-roll”. I simply took shots of the Newman Center and the Lamont School of Music within to provide some context, especially when Daniel discusses the music school and its students at large.

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Spring: What to love and what to hate

Legal marijuana at risk under Trump banner

 

 

The major topic explored in this slideshow is marijuana legalization, the affect it already has on the city of Denver, the state of the Colorado, the people within it and how Trump’s presidency will affect all this. I was trying to tell this story through relevant pictures that help visually show the industry, the users, the law and the drug that all are dependent on.

 

The story of legal weed in Colorado, and how it will be affected by Trump is in actuality a mixture of stories regarding the weed industry already in place in the state, so I wanted my slideshow to depict these stories via the agents of the Users, the Industry and the Law

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Weed under Trump: is he to be feared or is he just blowing smoke?

Back in February, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that those in states with legalized marijuana could expect “greater enforcement” under the Trump administration. Spicer’s comments, along with the critical comments regarding legalized marijuana of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, sparked a sense of fear in the young but profitable legal marijuana industry, and for good reason.

Where it all starts: a macro shot of a marijuana bud

Where it all starts: a macro shot of a marijuana bud

The budding industry is quickly capitalizing on an eager customer base, and is projected to surpass $24 billion nationwide by 2024 if the federal government does not crackdown on the status quo of legalization.

The future of legal weed in the Trump era is ambiguous. For both users and those involved in the industry, there are far more questions than answers regarding how Trump and his administration will enforce or not enforce federal laws.

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