No one is surprised that I really take to approaching strangers, chatting for a few minutes and asking if I could take their picture. Our first assignment, in our first Methods class (where we learn both the skills necessary for today’s tech-wielding journalism and whether we have unexplored passions for new-to-us media creation), is to spend an hour in the Loop and come back when we’ve taken interesting photos of people. Along with two other girls, I head south and west, along Van Buren Street, across the river and down into Union Station. Nearly 70 shots later, I’ve talked with Ed, who works a newsstand behind the Chicago Board of Trade; the owner of a liquor store and bar that’s closing after 55 years in the same hands; Ellen, who insists she only takes good photos when she’s standing next to her brother-in-law; and a postman, pictured above, who says, “I’m just working, I’m just working.”
Turns out I’m super into this. Can’t wait until I get to do this and write about it too.
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It feels DARN GOOD to be here!
That’s an awesome assignment and I like the photos with the dude playing for the pigeons. Super cool.
Thanks much! And hey, I’ve got my first Video Recording and Editing sessions tomorrow — wish me luck, or whatever excellent thing it is that you use. ❤
This is so great! Both that it went well, and all these pictures.
Thank you! I’m really quite taken with the photojournalism part — can’t wait to see where it goes from here!
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