As you could guess from the title, I’m about to sum up my blogging experience so far, as a part of my Multimedia Journalism class.
First of all, it was really fun to do something like that for a class at university! When usually you have to write some research papers or analysis, here I was forced to talk to people about such intimate things, such as favorite photographs. I know it’s not like confessing the deepest secrets, however, every photograph has a story, and the story is always connected to your own response for this photograph.
Even though Valentine appeared to be very skeptical about such topic, but since photograph is a memory you would like to remember, and thus a good memory, he asked his father to scan and send him photographs from his childhood. So he showed me really funny pictures of him and his brothers posing as their favorite movie characters.
When I talked to Ilko Drenkov, he turned out to be the nicest storyteller and very passionate about nature. Through his photographs of seagulls floating in the sky he told me about his recent travel to Greece.
I knew that Desi is very into rock-music and life performances, but I didn’t know how much she loves Pink Floyd and that love brought her to one of the greatest live performances in the world. Even though no doubt there are many professional photographs from the show, she still took a couple of her own, though she was so amazed with the show and “didn’t want to miss a thing.”
With help of Emily, I learned the real today’s life of professional celebration photographers. I never realized before how much their work today is underestimated. My favorite part of our talk is this part:
There are a lot of young girls who asked their rich dads to buy them semi-professional cameras for 30 thousand rubles($900). They pretend to be photographers and work for really little money. It undervalues my father’s work, because he has a camera for 200 thousand rubles($6000), and clients don’t understand why he has higher prices. Many of clients cannot see the difference in their work.
It’s just heartbreaking.
Despite the fact that today’s reality is really harsh towards professional photographers, Igor is not going to give up his passion. His photographs and stories behind them prove that mostly it’s not about the picture itself, but a memory connected to it.
Another prove for it is the story of Jade and Alma, who’ve been dating for almost a year now.
“Whatever happens we just make a picture[…] After a year when we start working and get all stressed by adult stuff, we’re going to forget all these precious memories. And we agreed that we’re going to take a picture of every single event, so we will not forget it,” said Jade.
Dariya told me about her favorite photographer, with whom she has one common passion: love for black and white photography. As she said, when she Roy Barloga’s triptych, it was the first time when she though “I have to have it in my home!”
On the other hand, we had many other challenges! I almost completely failed with having the biggest number of subscribers on blog’s twitter account and Facebook page. You know, it’s hard! But still, I know I could do better. I think, my midterm for this class was one of the most fun and hard at the same time! However, I really enjoyed it and was amazed of my productivity.
If at Writing for Media class we learned how to make a script for video news, well this time we had to actually shoot that video! And it’s been a great experience, I learned a lot, and I’m sure there’s so much more to explore.
I knew there was something special about blogging, tweeting, and “facebooking”, but now I know everything from my own experience. And it’s priceless!
Finally, I have to say goodbye, my Dear Reader. It’s been an exciting journey and now I have to move on. I got interested with photography even more, and I’m planning to take a photography course for sure.
So, maybe I’ll see you in my new blog some time, when I make one!
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P.S. If you are curious about my favorite photographs, most recent of them are combined in a background collage! Here it is:
Short-not-well-edited-yet-cartoon about photography in everyday life