The Seattle Rave Scene often gets a really bad reputation. Raves have become synonymous with drug culture, recklessness, hyper-sexuality and all sorts of negativity. This story is here to say that, yeah, the Seattle Rave Scene has all of that. But that there is more. Raves have a history that revolves around the concept of positivity, free love and open-mindedness. This story shows what real people involved in the scene have to say. It shows photography from shows, interviews a local DJ and has audio interviews with people who have been going to raves for years.
Life moves quickly and so many of us just let it pass us by. Some people don’t live life like that and it is very unfortunate. This story shows just how powerful a single person can be and gives some insight into how someone can actually do anything that they want to. You can always dream of what it is that you want to do. Or you can stand up and do what you’ve always dreamed of.
Twitter was always a strange concept to me and I was always one of those people who said things like, “Why would I care to be updated on what someone is eating for lunch or what they’re doing every five minutes?” Due to this mentality, it took me some time to really get involved with Twitter despite having created my account over a year ago. This class really opened my eyes to the concept of using Twitter as a tool. This essay is supposed to discuss Twitter as a tool for journalists and it definitely is an incredible tool for them to use but I have also noticed that Twitter can be a tool for an incredible amount of things.
Journalists now have a way to communicate directly and immediately with the public. One could say that that was accomplished the day that newspapers were created but in a world where everything can be accomplished in seconds, newspapers could no longer keep up. Our world is becoming faster every second and, honestly, many people cannot waste time on something more than 140 characters.
It is also important to realize that Twitter is something of a Pandora’s box. I could say that we’ll see it become that but it already has. The entire structure of journalism that used to call for years of schooling and having to get a job has been thrown out the window.
Stories have gone viral on Twitter published by thirteen year olds. Lane Sutton is currently fourteen years old but has been teaching classes at colleges about how to use Twitter for over a year now. His Twitter biography, “14 year old Entrepreneur, Social Media Strategist, Kid Critic, Blogger, Speaker. Passionate about business. Love technology!” is perfectly correct and perfectly mind-blowing. I remember being thirteen and dreaming of being a journalist. Twitter has enabled those with drive and ambition to rise to the top immediately.
Stories have been broken on Twitter before being broken on major news outlets before and many people even use Twitter as their news outlet. Citizens are able to take on the role of a journalist now because the whole world can communicate with itself. A good example of this happened recently when the president announced Osama Bin Laden’s death and it had already been all over Twitter for over an hour.
I had always thought of Twitter as a social networking tool and it can be used for that. However, after only a few weeks of using Twitter as a journalist would, I see the power of it. I am now able to communicate with the entire world about issues I find important. I gained more followers than I assumed I could and because of that was able to tell them about things that were important to me.
A friend of mine who lives in Bellingham recently had a run in with a local paper there. I found out about this over Facebook and Tweeted about how poorly the paper had treated him. I expected that this tweet would be just as effective as one of my thirteen year old livejournal blog posts but it got retweeted and then I got followers who worked at that paper. I realized in that instant that Twitter was powerful. I realized in that instant that Twitter had shared that power with me and it all came together for me.
Twitter has given the power to the people and will definitely have a lasting effect on the world of journalism, on communities in general and on the lives of citizens everywhere.
A) My visual story revolved around the concept of recycling. I had tossed around a few ideas and in the end it became obvious to me just how strongly I felt about recycling. While it’s true that stories about the necessity of recycling and stories shouting statistics or how-to’s have really been over done, it is also true that they obviously haven’t quite sunk in as well as they should and, until that happens, they should keep getting created.
My story follows a water bottle being purchased, consumed and then recycled. I also took a lot of photographs of recycling centers, dumpsters and other trash and recycling areas all over the city. I spent hours down in my building’s recycling and garbage area, I followed around many people recycling or enjoying products that could be recycled. I got kicked out of QFC for taking photos. I think my project turned out well but I feel like I could have done a lot better if I had known that we would be using only eight photos instead of the 35. I could have spent my time editing instead of taking what totaled over four hundred photos on things that I wouldn’t even have been able to dream about fitting into such a short piece.
B) Like I was just saying, I feel like I met my goals but could have met them better. I learned a lot during this project but it was mostly about things like how to use this particular camera, how to photograph during specific types of lighting and other things that don’t really teach as much about photography as they do about just being prepared for any situation.
I really wanted to be able to inspire people with my story. I hope that they, first, find the photos stimulating in some way and, second, I hope that they really come to appreciate what is being said through them. If even one person recycles one more bottle because of this piece that would make me feel like it was worth it. I feel like I probably put too much effort into aspects that won’t even get used, for example many of my best pictures weren’t central to the narrative and had to be cut with the eight picture limit looming, I also feel that because I wasted that effort, I didn’t get to put that effort somewhere better. I hope that it is enough though and I think that it turned out fairly well.
Recycling is important. We often let things that don’t immediately affect us go completely forgotten. Due to this unfortunate habit, recycling is so often put aside. It’s true that we can start recycling tomorrow. It’s true that one bottle isn’t going to ruin the world. It’s true that our world probably isn’t going to be completely destroyed in the next year.
It’s also true that the change starts with us. It’s also true that this is a change that we can directly influence. It’s also true that the United States only recycles 28% of its waste. It is true that it is time to start recycling right now.
This story follows the life of a water bottle that ends up right where it’s supposed to. It shows our journey to buy things like we do every day. It shows us at the store picking out something and then it shows us at home enjoying it. And then it shows how to finish this process in a way that will help protect our world. It shows us just how easy the whole process is and allows us time to reflect on the importance of the issue being discussed.
I have done a lot of photography in the past and so a lot of what the Photo A Day project did for me involved remembering. The project reminded me about composition, form and color and the project reminded me to always think of things from a photographer’s perspective.
The photographer’s perspective is a very interesting thing. It is an ambiguous perspective in its very nature and is really quite the personal thing. Much like the headline of this post, I feel like the photographer’s perspective deals with the fact that most things, statements, experiences, memories, images, are actually many different things at once. I feel as if the best photographers allow for this and try to find the best way to represent the thing in question through the photograph.
To find the best way to represent something you often have to do many of the things that were supposed to be learned by this project. This would include concepts like taking many photos of what you are attempting to capture, changing the angle you are using and being constantly aware of what is around you. Once you practice these concepts enough, you learn what way you think would be the most interesting, beautiful or important way of expressing this image and then you attempt to capture it.
Personally, I believe these ideas are the heart of photography. Or, at least, they are for me. This project allowed me to put these thoughts into practice in a way that I haven’t in awhile. This project made me allot time for something that is so often put on the back burner despite the fact that it is an important and helpful way of creating something and this project allowed me to relearn things that I hold very important.