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TARA TERRA

Local C-U Band Takes on Feminism

 Liz Amanieh


Students, friends, musicians, and activists. This Champaign native band aims to do it all. Coming together in 2013, to do one thing: make good music.

The group is comprised of the vocal stylings of Emily Otnes, Joey Buttlar on the drums, Celine Broussard on accompanying vocals, Colin Althaus on the guitar, Nick Soria on bass guitar and Alley Weibel on the violin and vocals.

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Tara Terra doing what they do best. Courtesy of Tara Terra.

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The Funny Side of Halloween

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Cumberland Players

Many people think of scary when they think of Halloween, but one family is trying to bring out the lighter side with their Monty Python tribute.

Jacob and Lori Bernard are bringing their love of the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” to Halloween night. The Bernards are re-creating the “Flageolet Monk” scene from the cult classic and putting it on display in downtown Champaign. The Bernards, along with friends and anyone else who wants to join, will be walking throughout the city reciting and chanting the familiar scene. Continue reading

Amanieh Assignment 2 and 3 Reflection

Equality in Love

I was very fortunate to hear about Champaign-Urbana’s first Gay Pride Parade this past weekend. I immediately knew this would make a great photo essay. I could grab shots of set-up, when they would be blocking off the street for a great beginning shot. I got stills of people in attendance and pictures during the parade for my middle shots. My ending shot was my favorite by far. As the parade had finished, and everyone was clearing out, I noticed a couple walking away hand in hand. I ran up to them, asked them if I can take their photo and it turned out perfect. I got a variety of shots from wide, medium and tight. I tried to really play around with angles, capturing a low angle angle shot. Not only was there a lot of good elements within the parade to shoot, but the people there were so interesting. The subjects I shot were full of emotion, colorful, outgoing, and opinionated. Their demeanor in the stills I took is enough to tell their story.

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The Real ‘Windy City’…

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For Assignment 3, I was instructed to include the natural sound I recordered while taking still pictures for Assignment 2.  

I have several problems with my audio. I had a really hard time capturing the sound of the Construction sites up close. A lot of my audio is distorted due to the wind.

Building a Community

IMG_6333For Assignment 2, my task was to create a photo essay. I struggled with finding a topic that I am passionate about. My original plan was to do something about diversity. After thinking for a long time, I realized that I had no idea how to capture that without taking pictures of people (the obvious).

I had to think long and hard about what I wanted to do for the assignment and finally thought about all of the construction going on around campus. I immediately thought about building a community. Campustown goes through many changes as the years progress, and it was interesting to capture some of the beginning moments and stages of these changes.

Taking pictures of construction sites is very difficult when is freezing outside!!! One major issue I had was that my fingers became very red as I held the camera without using gloves. This forced me to take a few pictures and endure the cold for as long as I could, and then go inside. What should have taken about 30 minutes, took me about 2 hours to complete because I couldn’t stand outside too long. My only issue after reviewing my photos, was that I did not get a great variety of shots.

Editing the slideshow was fairly easy, I encountered minor issues, but because I came into the lab three days before the due date, I was able to fix the issues on my own.

Here’s my attempt at Assignment 2.