Once again I have no photos yet. But, I am no longer as nervous and afraid!
I am going to be working with Michelle La Fata, a local chef and vendor at farmers markets around town who is known for her amazing pasta. She is the granddaughter of four Sicilian grandparents, and it is clear that her heritage means a lot tot her in her cooking.
She is swamped with Christmas orders, so I think I am going to have to change my angle a bit. I am going to focus on capturing her as she navigates such a busy season, and maybe I can catch her cooking at home after a long day of sharing her culinary talents with the greater Columbia community.
I still have heard nothing from my sources. As of now, I have a little over a month until this project is due – and needless to say, I am freaking out. I need to pivot and I know it. I just don’t know how or where to look.
I want to focus on food in some way for this project even if I have to shift now. I will be spending the next few days brainstorming on how I can still focus on food in some way even if it needs to be more abstract.
One idea that I have, which would work out great for me as it is fairly mobile, is for me to take this idea and apply it to myself. I know personal projects are a bit harder to execute, so I am not set on this quite yet. But I could do scans of my family’s recipes and document my own making of them, and writer personal essays of what they remind me of. I am still formulating, but it’s something I will focus on if nothing else pans out.
Hopefully I will finally start making progress and have pictures to share soon.
I think the whole country probably feels the same way. The air feels thinner but heavier, somehow.
As the election continues, I am trying to figure out how to balance my eyes being glued to the TV and my school work. Unfortunately, I am really struggling with getting sources as of now. I do have one restaurant owner who told me he would be thrilled to participate, Joshua Williams Sr. from Papadoo’s Soul Food and BBQ. He and I are supposed to talk later this week and start setting up times soon.
I have also reached out to Jina Yoo, the head chef and brains behind Le Bao. I have done a lot of reading about her and she is very passionate about Asian fusion food and has a lot of culinary endeavors in the area. I am thrilled about the prospect of working with her and will follow up with her tomorrow.
I have also reached out to the tea. of chefs at Barred Owl Butcher and Table to see if they would be interested. I am really hoping that they will respond soon as well.
I am trying to develop ways to alter the project if I determine it is needed. I would be happy to do a deep dive on one chef of food lover, and I have a list of other restaurants I can reach out to as well. I will most likely send those emails out today.
I still feel good about this project, I am just struggling to get sources. Hopefully that will change over the next few days.
Well, it’s done. The multimedia project is officially complete. I had a lot of fun making this and exploring a more upbeat side of journalism, even if the topic was not so upbeat. Making videos is so frustrating but also very fun, and I experienced a bit of both during this project!
Nimble: A quick and light motion, agile, marked by clever conception or resourcefulness.
If there was ever a city that encapsulated this word, it would be Columbia, Missouri. It is a town that might be small to some, but is pulsing with movement and life. Everywhere you look people are buzzing with creativity and thought – moving quickly to meet with friends at one of Columbia’s many parks, to pursue creativity, or to cook up something delicious. It is an active city where its citizens and visitors alike can get a good work out in – whether you choose to exercise your body, your mind, or your tastebuds.
Columbia is quick, clever, light, resourceful and agile – nimble as can be. Here are the places, people, and activities that make it that way.
This project was definitely different.
I am a methodical person. I am used to making a plan, calling my sources, confirming appointments and making it happen. I am not a “wait and wander” kind of gal. But for this, I was.
Don’t get me wrong, I had a plan. I had ideas, but ideas that were designed to be done on the fly. I feel like I never explore anymore, so after listening to the rest of the class talk about how they were taking the opportunity to do that, I decided to try it on for size.
I actually really like a lot of these photos. I was trying to be conscious of exploring all aspects of the word nimble – nimble hands, nimble feet, nimble bodies – and activities that required a creatively nimble mind. I think I did a great job of capturing a lot of the aspects of Columbia’s nimble side, so that is a win in my book.
I was also happier with my variety of lensing for this project. I wish my wide was a bit cleaner, I had this great vision of the symmetry of the women and the light poles on the court, but that darn recycling bin distracts me! However, other than that, I tried to really work my angles, my distance, and my aperture in a conscious way for maximum visual variety.
I did find it difficult to choose an order for the essay. The photos are all very different from each other, so figuring out an order without a concrete story line was hard. I tried to base it off of details, action, wide angle, etc., but I look forward to hearing the class’ ideas.
I thought this project was really fun. I don’t know if it is my most visually cohesive body of work, but I am proud of myself for trying something different and getting to see a side of Columbia I don’t often see!
I never thought making a video about coronavirus and quarantine would be so hard because it is arguably the hottest topic in the world right now, but boy was I wrong!
Don’t get me wrong, the interviews we have are great. They’re just so different. We have three completely different situations that are all bound by the fact they were in University quarantine, so putting them together in a cohesive narrative is really difficult.
That’s why we need to sit down and brainstorm how we want this to go. We need a good structure where holes can be filled by narration and data, so the differences highlight each other rather than make it hard to figure out what is going on.
There is a ton of footage for me to comb through (almost an hour and a half in total), so I have a feeling we will need to cut that way down and only choose the best bits, leaving the rest to be done by narration.
I know I have the building blocks, now it’s just about putting them together!
It is definitely busy season here at Mizzou. I’m juggling several projects, papers, and midterms and I feel like it is all going to come crashing down! But, I am moving along and somehow managing to get it done bit by bit.
One of the projects I am working on now is my photo essay. It is designed around defining Columbia by one word – and the one word I drew from the bunch was “nimble.” Nimble means “of light and quick movement,” so that is what I am focusing on! I am still in the process of photographing in the little spare time I have, but I did manage to get to the skate park the other day and get some good shots. I am playing with the concept more, trying to get things a bit more “out of the box” (hint: pizza).
Here is what I have so far. I only need one photo from this scenario, and I am struggling on which one to choose. I like Gage’s face in the first one, but two and three are cleaner. I am excited to find more around the town this week and this weekend!
As one thing ends another begins – and that is certainly the case for my capstone class!
We just wrapped up our portrait and personality story and are already starting two new projects – a group multimedia project and a photo essay.
This post is going to be a little update on what my multimedia project is and how it’s going. I am in a group of three people and we are focusing on university quarantine housing at our school – the University of Missouri. Some of you might recognize that name in relation to COVID-19 because we have been in the headlines for our schools approach to keeping people safe amidst the pandemic, hence the inspiration for this project.
We are still in the planning stage of our project and about to start gathering materials. I am interviewing the person I found who has been in quarantine housing on Thursday. I am super excited about the format of our project because we are combining our project with the “COVID age” – doing a lot of video stuff with the interviews screen recorded over Zoom. I am putting the videos together which I am also excited about. I have really only done video as a hobby and not as a journalism medium, but I have so many ideas for this and I am super excited!
If our timeline stays on track we will be getting our interviews and raw footage / photos this week and start piecing things together this weekend. I am pumped to get started!
Angleo Fosco has been a lot of things. A high school math teacher, a volunteer firefighter, a personal trainer – but all of his previous and current jobs have one essential thing in common: they’re all centered around helping others. It’s a drive that has been inside of Angelo all of his life, and it has only grown while being a fitness coach for CrossFit Fringe in Columbia, Missouri during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Angelo has been a fitness coach for CrossFit Fringe for 6 years now. CrossFit Fringe is one of many locations offering the CrossFit style work out that has been popular around the country. It is designed to push your body in multiple ways in a short amount of time – giving you a complete physical workout in just 30 minutes. Angelo says that this is what makes CrossFit unique, but it also stands apart from other gyms because it provides members a sense of community through small group classes.
“The idea is really just to help people,” Fosco said. “[Working out] helps people have better health, better quality of life, help them live longer and have more time with their kids. And the sense of community is just really motivating, it helps people come in and go harder and then go on about their daily lives.”
Angelo says that while the community aspect is so special, it has been hard during the pandemic. All businesses that rely on in person traffic such as bars, restaurants and gyms have been struggling to operate in a safe way during the coronavirus and resulting city ordinances impacting how many people can be in a space at one time. CrossFit Fringe is open and operating somewhat normally, with coaches and attendees keeping a six-foot distance from each other and wearing masks when not actively working out.
“It’s been challenging. But it’s also been good getting back to whatever this new normal is and keeping people healthy. It’s obviously a big thing with COVID-19 with the [pre-existing conditions] like obesity and high blood pressure, so keeping people healthy can prevent them from getting sick.”
Although things look different at CrossFit Fringe, Angelo says he is grateful to be able to continue helping people better their lives and reach their fitness goals.
“I am just happy to continue doing what I am doing in some capacity. That’s ultimately the goal for me is just to keep helping people, as well as all of the staff here at CrossFit Fringe.”
I am over all really happy with this project. I was scrambling for quite a while after my original idea fell through, but the images I got when I was working with Angelo made the struggle worth it. I liked changing it up a little and putting the images in black and white and am happy with the toning even if it was a bit out of my comfort zone. The only critique I have just from my own viewing is I wish the shots had a bit more emotion. The masks and not being able to get close kind of takes away from the element of connection, but I know I am going to have to get used to that though out the semester. I think I did a good job of moving around the space to enhance the element of 5 points of view in order to work around that element. Over all I am happy with the work and am excited to continue photographing through out the semester!
It has been a while since I have written. I am back at school in my own house (!!!) with my own kitchen and bedroom. I have a few in person classes but most of them are online. One of my in person courses is my capstone, a.k.a. the last class in my undergraduate photojournalism track. The images and description of this project below is my first assignment for the class!
This project was very hectic. Finding subjects in the age of COVID is already proving to be difficult. I originally wanted to do a story on an art teacher who was having to teach a very hands on subject online, but there was a lot of red tape to go through and it ended up falling through.
All of this being said, I really enjoyed this photoshoot. Angelo, the CrossFit trainer I focused on, was super accommodating and I felt like I got to know him pretty well during the three hours I spent with him. He is passionate about helping others, especially during the pandemic, and uses physical fitness to encourage others and try and keep people the healthiest version of themselves. I didn’t realize until I pulled into the parking lot, but I have actually been to this location for another photoshoot a couple years ago. The building has since expanded quite a bit, but it was nice to be in a space I was somewhat familiar with!
It was a difficult shoot because I had to keep a fair bit of distance from him and the other participants through out the time I was there. I feel like some of the photos lack emotion because of this and because of his mask. I am going to have to get used to this I suppose, but it is frustrating. I wasn’t sure about putting it in black and white but I am very happy with this look – I usually try and go for bright colors but wanted to try something different.
It has been a while since I have gone out and photographed, and I am overall satisfied with the way this ended up turning out. It was good to get my feet wet and I look forward to jumping back into photographing this semester!
I didn’t have class today, which was somewhat nice because I got to sleep later than I am used to! So instead of breaking down what I learned today, I am going to share some ~personal reflection~ with y’all.
Yes, I am a journalist. But I am also a college student. I was settled into my routine, my sense of independence, and my ability to know myself and structure my environment in a way where I would be the most productive. I had my friends close, and spending time with them was a much-needed laugh and mental break from my work-related responsibilities.
The coronavirus has changed, well, all of that. And I have had a lot of conversations with people about how all they complain about is not having time, and now we have SO MUCH time, but they have suddenly become less productive. They don’t understand it and also feel guilty about it.
I am also going through this. I know when it is time to buckle down and grind out a project or a story, and I don’t have a problem doing so, but I know I am not being as productive as I can at school. I think a part of that was finding my new routine at home, in my high school bedroom that usually means I am on break. But it is a routine that is different and not as ideal as my one at school.
I think people struggle with cutting themselves some slack. This is a major world event that we are going through, and frankly, it sucks for everyone. So many people have it worse than others and I feel fortunate that I am not dealing with this issue closer to home, but it does impact everyone in some way. And the mourning or sadness or sudden decrease in productivity you experience is valid and normal! So I am trying to set boundaries for myself and attempting to be more actively aware of how I am feeling and what I need to stay sane while getting things done. And that’s something that has really helped me so far!
I have my next GA shift tomorrow and am working on some other stories, so I am hoping I will have a good week with that. See y’all soon!
I am just popping in to write a quick something about a story I did the other day related to everyone’s favorite newsworthy topic, COVID-19.
There is an equestrian center in Columbia that was bringing two of their miniature ponies around to local neighborhoods, dressed in full unicorn attire. They were doing so to brighten people’s days during a scary time. According to their description, they were following social distancing practices by only going yard to yard and not letting anyone pet the horses.
But not everyone was in agreeance that this idea was beneficial for the community. Someone anonymously reported the business to the Boone County Health Department, and the pony program was promptly ordered to cease their in-person operations.
Many people were mad. Some were grateful, saying it was what was best to slow the spread. But the core thing about this story that stood out to me is how they adapted their mission to spread cheer during this pandemic.
They decided to do virtual pony appointments for all families who wanted to participate. Out of all of the ways Zoom is being utilized right now, for business meetings, conference calls, and virtual happy hours, I think signing on to stare at a horse wearing a unicorn horn has got to be the best use of your computer’s webcam.
It brightened my spirits to see how this program was able to think on its feet and shift their methods to accommodate for COVID-19 conditions. I love stories like that!