Woohoo- we made it! I remember first getting our class syllabus and being really intimidated, but honestly, I did not find any of the challenges to be insurmountable. With the help of Professor Collins and some ingenuity, I found that I was able to push my limits as a creator and a journalist and create work at a caliber that both surprised and impressed myself.
For this video essay, I had originally planned to do something entirely different. However, my main connection fell through, so I had to go to plan B. One of my coworkers, Joli, has a dog on campus, and I thought it would be interesting to do a video essay about her to get some perspective on what it’s like working, being a student, and taking care of a pet. Plus I love dogs!
For our second assignment, we were sent away with the directive to capture four words with our photos: fear, afraid, excitement, and hope. I wanted my photo essay to have a cohesive theme, so I decided to take all of my photos in one place. This semester, I am working on a beat of poverty and homelessness in Champaign in one of my other journalism classes, and I thought I could play off of that with this particular assignment.
I do not consider myself a photography novice. When I was seven years old, my dad gave me his old Minolta film camera from the 70’s, and he taught me to shoot with it. I still use it to this day. I have also worked with iMovie; my friends and I made a documentary together when we were seniors in high school. To my surprise however, I found this first assignment quite challenging overall.