I went to Shelter Gardens this morning. I've never been there before but had a fun time photographing there. Of course I was partial to all the squirrels chasing each other and causing trouble so I thought I would post a few photos from my morning with them.
And the one random bird photo I took. The bird isn't in focus but I liked the moment.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I've been contemplating a few ideas for my final story in picture story. I thought of continuing my work with the Basye family but then opted out of that. I am going to photograph them more but I feel like I should work on a new story since after all this is picture story and it is my capstone class.
I thought of going to Crane's Country Store in Williamsburg. I've visited there a few times and noticed how it seems to be the spot for town talk/gossip. I remember seeing people sitting outside the store just chatting away and having a good time. Due to the distance, this was just a thought not something I am probably going to pursue for that reason.
My other idea is to work with the elderly in some way. I'm taking a sociology of aging class this semester and it has opened my eyes to a lot of things about the elderly. For a project in that class we have to talk to someone 65+ and ask them questions about getting older and how they feel about that. We can do a video interview, write a paper, take photos etc. I thought of working with video for this since I haven't had much of an opportunity to do that yet. I had talked to David Rees today about this and he suggested adult day care. This sparked my interest so after my meeting, I did some research and plan on contacting them either tomorrow or Thursday to find a time to go out there. I am thinking maybe video interviews intermixed with photographs of them doing their activities. My other thought is to focus on one person and follow them at the day care and their home life away from the day care.
These are the only two ideas I had so far. I know I don't have a whole lot of time but I want to do something I'm interested in and the elderly is something that does interest me a lot.
Monday, April 12, 2010
My project is posted on Vimeo.
The History and Life of Columbia Cemetery
As many of you know my picture story class has been working on a group documentary project on Broadway. My part of the project was on Columbia Cemetery. The project was fun yet frustrating at times as I'm sure this happens with any project. I learned so much about the cemetery and Columbia's history as well as what happens after a funeral. I've enjoyed spending my evenings walking the cemetery and meeting people and discovering new things at every turn.
My Boone Life runs this week in the Columbia Missourian. I originally found the Basye family by inquiring about photographing alpacas. Teresa Basye has around 50 alpacas and I made a visit out there to photograph. She had told me her son had autism and I decided to go back for my one day story for my picture story class. I've really liked working with the family and I like the subject of autism so I wanted to continue with the story which later developed into my Boone Life. I can't thank the Basye family enough for letting me come out and be part of their lives. I've enjoyed getting to know them and hope to continue work with them in the future. They have been great subjects to work with! :)
Autism Boone Life (click and it will take you to the piece)
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
someone came in to tell us that someone was being arrested in the Missourian parking lot. Will and I ran down with our cameras to see what was going on and sure enough someone was arrested. After talking to the police officer, this man was apparently causing a disturbance at Bengals and was thought to have a concealed knife on him. The police did in fact find a knife hidden on his back. Anywho I don't have any terribly exciting photos but here is one from the event.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
I went on a house fire call with the guys from UCFD on Saturday afternoon and just happened to make the main photo on KMOV's Web site. Kris had let me see the inside so I was taking a few photos when he had mentioned that KMOV was taking photos also. I didn't think they would actually use a photo with some random person with a Mizzou shirt on standing in the doorway of this house, but they did.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
I went back to the UCFD today and went on a house fire call with them. It was my first house fire call with UCFD. As with any first time experience there are things I'd do differently etc. but I at least got a few good photos out of the day. The guys were awesome and let me walk around a bit and Kris took me just inside the house when they were done to see what it looked like. It was a fun experience and hopefully I can go back and go on more calls with them. :)
Friday, April 2, 2010
I spend a good amount of time at the University City Fire Department today. It was slow in the beginning but things picked up mid-day. I started by going on an ambulance call since the fire side hadn't gotten any calls while I was there yet. It was fun getting to go on a few ambulance calls. It was my first time riding in the ambulance so I was happy I got to take some photos of that. All the guys went to Chipotle for dinner and I tagged along for that too. After dinner they got a call for a brush fire so we headed to that. Finally I got to go on a fire call. :) It was a brush fire but I was plenty happy to just go on a call :) Here are a few of my better photos from the evening.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Today after dinner I asked my parents if we could drive to a few local cemeteries. I heard that one local cemetery had "died, kicked by a mule" written on the headstone and so I was in search for that but never found it. I also wanted to go see my aunt and grandpa at another cemetery just a few minutes from my house. We stopped and I found a lot of interesting stones, names and items placed on the stones.
I just liked the name on this headstone.
This is an interesting story. From what I've heard, the family used to be able to walk into this and see their relatives but vandals broke in and they had to close off the entrance to everyone. I'm sure there is more details to this but I haven't discovered them yet. I just thought it was cool how it was in the side of a hill.
I'm not really sure what or who this is for but found it interesting. My dad thought it might be a memorial for people who were killed on some ship. (Sorry I don't know the name or any more details.)
I found this to be moving for me. It almost made me cry when taking a photo of it. I haven't seen anything like this at a cemetery before and I've been to plenty of cemeteries lately.
This is just another last name I liked.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I realized I haven't posted everyday. I've been taking photos but most of them were of the cemetery and well I don't want a bunch of posts with cemetery photos so I haven't posted them. This evening I was sitting eating an ice cream cone and of course my dogs were right at my feet. I miss my dogs terribly when I'm at school so I'm excited to have them around when I come home. The photo I chose is of my dog, Louie.
Monday, March 29, 2010
I spent about five or so hours yesterday at the U-City Firehouse. I spent some time with them back in January and really enjoyed this group of guys so I decided to make a trip back over spring break. Although they didn't get any calls this time either, (they had a five alarm fire the night before but of course I wasn't there) we all had fun playing in a game of monopoly. I had taken over for someone and thought I was set to win but I came in second :( It was still a great time and was happy I got to take some photos of the guys this time around.
Here are just a few selects that I chose to post from the monopoly game.
Kris ended up landing on the income tax quite often and I usually landed on free parking so it was nice to get all his income tax payments. :)
Here was my pile of money that I had going. Unfortunately it disappeared quite quickly after I took this photo.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
My friends Andrea and Tim joined me for a tour of the Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) today. I was really looking forward to this. I like this weird/creepy stuff. ( I mean after all I am doing a project on a cemetery so it shouldn't surprise you that I wanted to go on this tour :) It was a two hour tour that covered a lot of interesting history of the MSP as well as famous inmates who served time here.
This as well as a few others in this post were taken in the oldest part of the MSP.
A cell in the MSP.
I am afraid of heights but just had to go up to the fourth level and take some photos.
The gas chamber.
Sitting in one of the chairs in the gas chamber.
Tim and I sitting in the chairs in the gas chamber.