I was more excited then I thought I would be about this project, because I immediately knew what I wanted to do. I chose to take pictures of graffiti/ writing on the walls of the bathrooms at the Espresso Royale on 6th and Daniel, because I’ve always been intrigued by bathroom art.
If you take a moment to look at some of the things scrawled on the walls, you’ll find there’s a beautiful blend of inspiration, imagination, humor and interaction that is so much more than the word ‘vandalism’ allows for. But how does it happen? What inspires someone to pick up a pen or marker and write sometimes paragraphs of content, or share a personal thought? What moves someone to respond or react to what’s been written? I had originally intended to use photos from multiple locations on campus, such as the other Espresso Royale, Cafe Paradiso, the English Building and the Foreign Language Building, however, it ended up being too much content for this one minute photo essay.
While I enjoyed taking the photos and recording the natural sound, I continually found myself wishing I had more knowledge of the camera I was using and, later, the editing software. I had a lot of ideas and visions for how I wanted my photos and project as a whole to look, but felt limited by my lack of experience in the multimedia domain. I think my photos could have been taken better. I tried to google how to use the camera and what the different settings mean, but still wish I had some previous knowledge.
I also felt a little lost when adding sound, but ultimately am proud of my project. I put a lot of hours in and felt a little stressed while editing, but enjoyed the challenge.