When Professor Collins explained assignment two, I was pretty excited. This assignment I felt gave us our first opportunity to be creative and use our camera’s in anyway we wanted. Personally, I’ve never really been a photographer, but this assignment gave me an opportunity to sort of test myself out I guess.
Before I began shooting, I had to think of some sort of theme that would narrow down my options of what to shoot. At first I thought of going to a basketball game and getting all the amazing sights and sounds exploding in the State Farm Center. But after giving it some more thought, that seemed too typical of me. I wanted to try a theme that didn’t revolve around sports (something I tend to always have my mind on), so I thought of this campus in relation to my morning routine. Thanks to my morning run-route, I knew there was some great scenery down past State Farm Center. All of this lead me to shooting a typical morning as if I had woken up and went on a run. Throughout my morning stroll across campus, I saw some amazing scenery that sprung many different emotions from myself; but I knew it was important to key in on what images sparked the feelings of afraid, fear, excitement, and hope.
So ideally my first shot was my morning cup of coffee. I don’t know about a lot of people, but my morning cup of coffee brings me excitement each and every day. Maybe its a caffeine addiction or the caffeine itself, but there’s something about the sound of my Keurig brewing that gets me ready for my day.
I then moved on to my shower shot. Now this shot was more of an establishing shot for the entire sequence, showcasing the fact that I was getting ready to head out for the day across campus. Although you would have to stretch to say it brings an emotion, it’s an important shot in the photo essay.
My next shot was a long and winding gravel road. I found this near South Farms, and it immediately registered an emotional feeling with me. I gazed down this road for quite sometime before I took this shot, even though I had seen it before many times on my runs. When taking a picture, Professor Collins talked about feeling the image. I felt this image and alluded to the feeling of hope. I thought of this quote from Ralph Marston: “Just because the road ahead is long, is no reason to slow down. Just because there is much work to be done, is no reason to get discouraged. It is a reason to get started, to grow, to find new ways, to reach within yourself and discover strength, commitment, determination, discipline.” Hope is a very important emotion to have as a college student. When the work piles on, you must have the emotion of hope that you know you will get through it.
The next image I shot brought a bit of an emotional change. I shot a creepy looking farmhouse at an angle where it blocked the sun. The image sets the farmhouse to look as if it is towering over you. I shot this because the image looked pretty cool to be honest. But it gave me a pretty eerie feeling that I was pretty spooked when I was around it. I also think it’s cool to note that this type of building is basically on our campus and I guarantee many of the students here have never even seen it.
The next shot I took was of a withered away gate with the phrase “Bye, UIUC!” on it. I thought this shot was sort of neat looking but also gave me an eerie feeling. The gate being run down and the way Bye UIUC is written definitely seems a little off.
My next shot I took I thought was one of the most unique shots of my entire photo essay. I began to develop a trend of emotions. I started with excitement, which lead to hope, then to two shots the caused fear, and then to this shot: the graveyard shot. I would also like to mention that all of my shots except two have nat-sound, this being one of the shots without sound. It’s pretty predictable, but this shot brought on the feeling of being afraid and fear. I was just talking my walk and didn’t realize how close this graveyard is to campus buildings. Pretty spooky, huh?
For the rest of photo essay, I wanted to end on a bit more positive note. I followed the graveyard shot with a couple of spooky shots, but I mainly used those because of the unique angles they brought and as a bridge to lead to my Illini sequence of shots. In my opinion, anything Illini always gives me hope and excitement, so I took a shot of Memorial Stadium behind a black gate, and a low angle shot of a Dee Brown banner that says “Memories” on it. If those Dee Brown memories don’t excite you, than I’m not sure what would.
These shots lead to my final shot of the essay, a shot I kept completely silent and without nat-sound. This shot shows me what’s beyond UIUC’s campus and reminds of what is to come. It reminds me to be hopeful, work hard, and good things will come.
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