Monthly Archives: August 2010

EPJ: Index page

10 years, 3 months ago blogging, classwork 0

This is the second class that will hijack my blog this semester. Please keep in mind that this is a technical class and we have certain requirements with the assignments. They may not be the most beautiful yet – it’s just practice for us to learn the details of HTML, CSS, Flash, etc.


Here’s the link to my first assignment, the index.html page, written in basic HTML.


Picture Story: Successes, and perhaps a failure.

10 years, 3 months ago classwork, photography, writing 0

It’s that time of year again – my blog will be hijacked for not one, but two classes this semester. I considered not using this blog for class, but then I thought that it might spark some interesting inspiration or conversation from readers. (If there are any readers.)

My first assignment for Picture Story (or capstone, as the undergrads call it) is to list some picture stories that I’ve seen that either work or don’t work, things that inspire and influence, and write a little about each.

1. The first I thought of immediately was by a colleague in DC, Amanda Lucidon. (No, not Amanda Lucier, the MU grad.) It’s a picture story of a deaf dancer. How much harder can you get in illustrating the non-visual concept? While I feel like the story could probably go for a tighter edit, I think the point is brought across to show that yeah, she’s different – deaf – but she still does everything that any normal ten-year old would do. Being able to tell a non-visual story (or a one-photo literal story as in this case) is an incredible talent. Perhaps someday I’ll give it a try.


2. I’m sure everyone will link to this story by Maisie Crow. It won (did it really win, or was it just a contender?) for CPOY, and it deserves all the attention the story has received since publication. It’s simple, beautiful, and so moving. Every time I look at the images, I want to cry. I can feel the love and loss in every frame. Somewhere, there’s an article about her experience photographing this story. It’s worth a read. This story also inspires me to try and find a touching, personal story someday. I mean, really personal. In depth. Caring. Illuminating life. It’s a lofty goal, but I’ll get there eventually.

http://www.maisiecrow.com/gallery.html?gallery=A LIFE ALONE

3. So, for my third story I wanted to find something that did well in a contest, but if I were a judge, I would have voted it out. I came across this one from CPOY 59 by a guy named Denis Rochefort from RIT. The story won an award of excellence. While I really like the opening frame, it just seems like a collection of photographs taken on a night out. It seems like there’s possibility for a great story in a club that’s drug and alcohol free, where kids can just be kids. But for me, there’s something missing. I’m interested to see what others think in class.



10 years, 3 months ago grad school, photography 0

day218 :: year four

Before classes start, an incoming freshmen tradition is to participate in the Tiger Walk. The band, Marching Mizzou, plays. The deans of the school speak. The basketball coach riles everyone up with a rousing “MIZ!” And with a countdown, the kids sprint up over the little hill, through the columns, and finish at department tables set up with banners and piles of Tiger Stripe ice cream set up in front of Jesse Hall.

It’s supposed to signify the entrance into Mizzou and the start of their college careers.

In four years, these kids will be slowly sauntering away from Jesse Hall, up over the hill and through the columns, not running but barely able to inch forward and start their lives as graduates.

Tradition is huge at Mizzou. Some may call it lame, but for most – it’s just a way of life here.

Welcome, class of 2014.

Aaaaand, we’re back!

10 years, 3 months ago blogging 1

day203 :: year four

After a long recovery period from the latest site hack, I’m finally …

Wait, website hack, you ask? Didn’t you just have one of those in January?

Yes. Two site hacks in six months. This one was a doozie – supposedly Palestinian hackers. Everything was lost. My backups were too old. But thanks to Google reader and web archives, I was able to re-build (okay, Scott was able to re-build) about 90% of the content. Only a little bit was wonky, and was easily fixed.

So, I’m back. And I’ve got a spiffy new website.

Lesson of the day?

Back everything up, often.