Things I did on my first day of grad school

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.

Ed, who thought we were from McGill and asked us what province I came from

Ed, who thought we were from McGill and asked us what provinces we came from

The prof liked the composition on this one.

The prof liked the composition on this one. They’re loading beer into this trunk, by the way.

The welcoming committee -- I wish I'd been able to get closer, as this family was just wonderful to watch.

The welcoming committee — I wish I’d been able to get closer, as this family was just wonderful to watch.

This Union Station cab flagger (what are those guys called?) looked like one cool cat.

This Union Station cab flagger (what are those guys called?) looked like one cool cat.

Interaction! I really like this shot.

Interaction! I really like this shot.

This dude is owning it. I would love to drive one of those baggage carts.

This dude is owning it. I would love to drive one of those baggage carts.

This guy is actually playing to a group of people braving the cold for a smoke break, but I liked the shot with the pigeons most.

This guy is actually playing to a group of people braving the cold for a smoke break, but I liked the shot with the pigeons most.

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This entry was published on January 7, 2013 at 7:38 pm. It’s filed under Informal, Nonfiction, Photography and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

7 thoughts on “Things I did on my first day of grad school

  1. chudgr on said:

    LOVE THIS!

  2. That’s an awesome assignment and I like the photos with the dude playing for the pigeons. Super cool.

  3. Beth B on said:

    This is so great! Both that it went well, and all these pictures.

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