One of the reasons I love St. Mike’s and my major (Media Studies & Digital Arts) is that I can do the things I am passionate about and get class credit for them. This semester I am enrolled in a photojournalism course. I have taken a number of film classes at St. Mike’s and thought it would be interesting to get behind a different kind of camera for a change.
Each week in class we are assigned the task of capturing certain themed images. The first assignment was called “Breaking the Ice” and I had to go off campus to introduce myself to ten strangers and ask if I could take their picture. My friends, Dee-Jai and fellow blogger Boates, and I decided to travel to Shelburne, VT and visit the local stores in the area. I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t incredibly nervous at the start of the project. Fortunately, and this may be a testament to how friendly Vermonters are, most people were more than happy to help me complete the assignment. We met a variety of people from chefs, to store owners, to an actual professional photographer. The task definitely helped me feel comfortable taking pictures in unfamiliar settings.
A few weeks have passed since the start of the class and I have completed three other assignments entitled “Perspectives”, “Human Interaction”, and “Honest Emotion”.
My next assignment is to capture images of “People Without People”. I look forward to roaming the dorms and buildings around campus to try and document a sense of personality in what people have left behind. This photojournalism class has definitely reaffirmed my interest in all things media and I am excited that I can now add photography to my list of skills.