For this assignment I was excited because I do love seeing various emotions in photographs. I love seeing smiles and laughter the most, which is obviously why I chose this picture of my two sisters. This was taken during Easter break and you can just tell that they are having a great time, also probably laughing at the fact that I am shooting away with my big very noticable camera. But I did find this one not as difficult because I feel like no matter what picture you take of someone it is truly filled with emotions of all kinds. Who doesn’t love seeing smiles in a photograph? And the reason I loved this one was because it honestly was 100% not posed. This is merely my sisters having a good time talking and sitting around with my family on a day where we all get to be together and eat good food as well. This photo captures the essence of that emotion of love and of laughter as well.
As i approached this assignment I knew what i was going to do right away. During Junior year in college most kids turn the long awaited age of 21. This age is one that is special for most kids in college because you are finally able to drink legally. My friends have had theirs this year and one’s party is tonight actually. What I a trying to illustrate with this picture is how 21st birthdays are in a sense all about alcohol and not so much the old cake and presents that usually birthdays are associated with. I am trying to show that alcohol is taking over 21st birthdays and thats what it seems to mostly be about these days. Sometimes its used to an excessive extent more than it needs to be. I had gotten my friend a cupcake for her birthday and the idea came to me while looking at these empty bottles my room mates had sitting around our apartment. I thought this assignment was a bit difficult because its not easy to illustrate an idea you have in your head to other people who may not see the same thing by looking at a picture.
This assignment was one that was interesting because it took me into people’s jobs that I didn’t know anything about. I did three of my five photos on workers at SLU because I thought there are people at work here right where I live everyday. I liked this picture because I live in Moolah and every morning when I walk to class I walk by this man cutting the grass or doing some work on the lawn and sidewalks. I always wondered what his name was and how he felt about his job, etc. I finally figured while I was walking to my Theology class Monday morning that i need to know his name and snap some pictures of this man I see so often. I thought this shot of him captured him truly in his work environment which is outside daily. I’ll admit I was very nervous to approach him and ask if I could shoot some pictures of him while he was sweating and working hard but he didn’t seem to mind when I asked and explained myself. This was definitely an interesting and rewarding assignment, you never know how people truly are in their work place until you wait around and watch them while they work.
While enjoying the weather in Forest Park Tuesday this past week I was out hunting for our sports assignment photos when I walked past the Saint Louis Art Museum. I had never been before and always wanted to go. I had heard from my room mates who are from St. Louis about one of the galleries on the first floor that was very beautiful and I thought I might do this for my own self interest as well as our general news assignment! I had two things done in one outing! I remembered Professor Lunsford mentioning an art museum gallery or exhibit as a possible choice for our general news assignment because it is an event that the museum holds for a time that the public can come and see. I found the art beautiful and there were actually quite a lot of people there on a nice day surprisingly. They to my surprise let you take pictures which I was worried about because I had been in museums back in my home town of Chicago where they did not allow them. The people I met all seemed to be art enthusiasts and just people like me wanting to explore. This picture is of the Fitzimmons family, they were rather artsy people who frequent the Saint Louis Art Museum on occasion. I just snapped away as they explored this room of pictures. I enjoyed this assignment because it not only got me cool pictures but also let me see and enjoy the museum for the first time.
A sports assignment to me is hard to come by because I am not apart of a sports team at SLU in any way. But I do think that it is a fun assignment to get people in action playing a sport they love. This photo right here was taken in the Simon Rec right here at SLU. I was driving by and thought that there are probably people playing some sort of sport in the rec today. I was lucky to find a few people playing basketball on the courts, there weren’t many because it was a nice day outside so I am sure many people were wanting to play outside instead. But I liked this photo because it shows some intense movement between the two people playing on the court, the blurriness in the photo shows that it is rather fast movement. This photo is in the moment of a player trying to make it to the basket and shoot. I like how the blue in the gym match the Billiken blue on the shirt of the guy in the photo. This assignment was different because it forced me to go into settings I am not normally familiar with because I am not a huge sports person. But I did enjoy it because I do like sports very much!
When we first talked about the feature assignment I thought immediately of some of my favorite places I had only been to a few times since coming to school in STL. This photo was taken at my absolute favorite sandwich place on the planet, Blues City Deli. This place has the coolest character to it and the people who work there are always very friendly. Not to mention the sandwiches here are literally mouth watering and to die for, no joke. I went here for my birthday lunch last Monday the 5th with my boyfriend who is in this photo right here. This assignment was a little bit hard for me I have to admit because the places I went were smaller and local, but the people were still weirded out at me taking photos. I could have gotten better pictures for this assignment but I’ll admit the stress of having four midterms and a paper got to me a little bit. I liked this photo because it shows someone quietly enjoying their time here and it shows also the amazing art work and pictures on the walls. It is definitely a must to do on your bucket list before you leave St. Louis after college, I would recommend the chicken shack ranch sandwich.
For this project I knew I was going to ask all of my friends to participate in the project. My parents came in last weekend and I obviously used my mom as a model for this project. She is someone who is easy to work with and easy going,she doesn’t feel weird when I direct her. Most people in this assignment shied away at the chance to have their photograph taken. I felt differently, i felt that it was not a weird thing but a fun opportunity to express your attitude and expression. This project was one that was developed by people I know very well and care very much about. This is a project that was easygoing and relaxed for me. This guy is my boyfriend and I had fun shooting him because I do know him so well. I liked this photo the best out of the rest of him because I think it shows an expression that is heart felt and true. I also like the blue color of his shirt that lights up the picture that is not filled with much color to begin with. This assignment was one that was filled with laughs and awkwardness due to the fact that most of my subjects thought it was strange for me to take their portrait. I told them that it would be a rewarding experience and it was.