For our second assignment, we had to shoot photos that had a constant theme/told a story. I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do for my project for a few days. I knew I wanted to do a day-in-the-life type story, but I kept on dithering back and forth between different ideas. However, on Sunday night I was hanging out with some friends when they decided to go to the library to work on homework. That’s when I got the idea to document the trip.
Banned Books Week kicks off across the country this week and at the University of Illinois, censorship is the issue at hand.
Starting on September 22, the American Library Association began it’s Banned Books Week and to get things started, the University of Illinois hosted a Banned Books Read-In for students to read on camera for the nation to see.
Banned Books Week highlights the value and open access to information along with drawing attention to the harms of censorship. Allowing the opportunity for students to come in and actively show support for the novels that have taken a lot of criticism shows the desire these books still carry with them. If students are not allowed the right to information, then how can one freely learn in a world that continues to censor.