"The Quindecim, The Independent Student Newspaper of Goucher College - Issue 4 - October 22, 2010 - Front Page"
I wish we could have every Monday and Tuesday be vacation days.
Last week was our fall break, so the campus was quiet for several days. Luckily for us, our press deadline was Wednesday, so we were able to use that time off from class to work on The Quindecim during normal hours.
It’s amazing how a clear mind and sufficient hours of sleep affect one’s productivity. We worked for several hours during the day on Monday and Tuesday, and finished the paper more quickly than any other issue this year.
I’m very pleased with the content of this issue, but there’s always room for improvement. I think that so far, the main stories we’ve run are the ones that people at Goucher expect to see. I’m excited for Issue 5 to come together because the stories we have planned to run are much more out of the ordinary.
I went to the home of Rebecca and Christopher Bruce, who both graduated from Goucher College in 1992, last Sunday. Their row house on Guilford Avenue in Charles Village sits right along the 23rd mile of the course for the annual Baltimore Marathon.
Several Goucher alumnae/i were running in the marathon, so the Bruce family invited neighbors, friends, and other Goucher students and alumnae/i over to cheer those runners on.
I got some great shots of my fellow Goucher people, but I couldn’t help but snap photographs of the ridiculous costumes that many of the people had on.
I can’t imagine running 26.2 miles, let alone in a Mario outfit or a skin tight, one piece, green spandex suit.
"The Men's Basketball team huddles together after being introduced at Midnight Madness in the Sports and Recreation Center at Goucher College Thursday, October 14, 2010. The annual celebration marks the beginning of the Men's and Women's Basketball season."
“ALL I GOTTA SAY IS MIDNIGHT MADNESS Y’ALL,” said one of my friends as he awaited the start of Midnight Madness his freshman year. I’ll never forget it.
We still joke about how excited he was, but it is always quite an exciting event for Goucher athletics.
In the other three years that I shot the celebration, I made sure to get the things I had to get: the dance performances, the inter-squad scrimmages, and the slam dunk contest to name a few.
But this was my last Midnight Madness, so I realized I wanted to focus on something much more important: emotion.
While I was there I felt for the Seniors on the two teams who were doing this for the last time as well. I think images like this say much more than ones of free throw shooting contests.
"Dr. Jane Goodall fields a question from a member of the audience in Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College Wednesday, October 13, 2010. Goodall spoke as Goucher's Fall 2010 Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Visiting Professor."
Shooting in Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher is never easy. The lights aren’t bright enough and that red curtain is a difficult backdrop to work with.
I’ve covered enough events in the auditorium that I know how to work around it, but when Dr. Jane Goodall spoke last Wednesday, it was more difficult than ever. She has sensitive eyes, so in addition to prohibiting flash photography, they didn’t turn the stage spotlights all the way up.
Because it was so dark, I couldn’t shoot at a high enough speed to get bright enough images that weren’t also blurry. To compensate for the darkness, I awaited the quick moments when she was paused in thought. When those moments happened, I shot like crazy.
This was one of those pensive, telling moments.
"Volunteers cheer as a young girl runs along the campus loop road during the 18th annual 5k Renie Race at Goucher College Sunday, October 10, 2010. Guests of all ages participated in the race, which commemorates a former Goucher student who passed away shortly after graduation."
I tried to come to the Renie Race with a fresh eye this year. I’ve never actually been able to run the race because I’ve been the “unofficial official photographer” for Goucher all four years that I was a student here. But after oversleeping and getting down near the finish line a bit late this year, I had trouble focusing. Then again, it was 9:00 on a Sunday morning, so I don’t think I was the only one who was a bit out of it.
I’ve been in similar situations before though. Whenever I’m rushing to get to a shoot, I have difficulty slowing down and really thinking about what I’m shooting. That’s why whenever possible, I try to plan my schedule around my photo assignments.
Nearly all of the frames I shot from the day are incredibly nondescript, but I got lucky and caught a nice moment here.
"Judy Woodruff, co-anchor and senior correspondent for PBS NewsHour, receives a gift after discussing the 2010 midterm elections in the Hyman Forum at Goucher College Friday, October 8, 2010."
I always look forward to Family Weekend at Goucher because the college is always sure to bring in an amazing speaker for families to listen to.
This year was particularly exciting for us newspaper staffers because that speaker was Judy Woodruff, a very prominent news figure. She discussed the 2010 Midterm Election.
I stepped up to the microphone after the conversation was opened up to the audience to ask her a question: what skills should the young generation of journalists be learning, and what frame of mind should we have as the media changes so quickly?
She told me that it’s not just about writing, or not just about photography, anymore. Rather, one should know how to interview, write, take pictures and video, and use online media. She also said that we should stay curious and passionate, work hard, and read copious amounts of articles and books.
"The Quindecim, The Independent Student Newspaper of Goucher College - Issue 3 - October 8, 2010 - Front Page"
Another issue of The Quindecim was delivered to Goucher last Friday, just in time for Family Weekend. It was rewarding to see not only students, faculty, and staff, but also parents and siblings with the paper in their hands. It was a good reminder that this paper isn’t just for students, but the extended Goucher community.
As usual, production of the paper came down to the wire. I’m proud of us as Editors for making sure that we received everyone else’s work by the deadline we needed to make. We have so many other responsibilities, however, that most of us didn’t get our own articles in on time. It’s very difficult to layout a newspaper when all the articles and photographs aren’t collected on time and grouped together in one place. For me, finding time to report, write, and take photographs among all the administrative responsibilities of being Editor-In-Chief has been the biggest challenge this year.
In the end though, what matters most is that we sent it to press when we needed to and the issue turned out incredibly well. Every issue we publish is better than the last, and I think this one was no exception. Most noticeably, we changed the cover layout to break the monotony of the two previous covers we had. It’s very well organized and easy to follow.
We also published our second 20-page issue in a row. In fact, we had so much content that we had to omit several submissions and articles due to space limitations. We don’t want to let people’s hard work go unnoticed, so we’ll do all that we can to ensure that those are published in our fourth issue.
"Dancers rehearse "The Myth and Madness of Edgar Allen Poe" in the Harriet Sauber Eisner Dance Studio at Goucher College Sunday, October 3, 2010. The performance is directed by Producer and Goucher Faculty member, Christopher Fleming."
*The Chronicle of Higher Education published the article last week, as well as a gallery of my photographs from the rehearsal. Click here to view the article and gallery!*
Lately, I’ve been very lucky to come across so many excellent opportunities that will help me as I prepare to graduate from Goucher College.
The Chronicle of Higher Education will shortly be unveiling a new blog to add to their website. Included in the first group of posts will be a story on the production of “The Myth and Madness of Edgar Allen Poe,” a dance performance created by renowned director, choreographer, and Goucher faculty member, Christopher Fleming. I was asked to take photographs of the dress rehearsal for The Chronicle.
I sent them a sampling of the different types of shots I got from Sunday’s rehearsal, which included close-ups, medium range shots, and wide shots. My photographs will be used in the blog post, as well as in a slideshow consisting of 20-25 of the images I sent them.
The dance program is very popular at Goucher, so I’ve shot lots of rehearsals and performances during my time here.
The lighting is never good, and because I’m not a dancer at all, I have no idea what to expect out of these performances. Shooting dance is always challenging, and that’s why I enjoy it so much. It forces you to really focus on what you’re doing.
"Students work together to clean a stream that runs through Goucher College's wooded campus Saturday, October 2, 2010. The clean-up, which is sponsored by the Green Residential House on campus, takes place four times each year."
I was asked to cover the most recent stream clean up on campus for Goucher’s Alumni magazine, The Quarterly.
If the Editor and designers are happy with the selection of photographs I gave them, they’ll run one as the cover photo. I’ve shot a lot for The Quarterly as a Goucher student, but have never made it on the cover. I would be honored if one of my photographs were chosen.
This was a tricky assignment for several reasons. First, to fit the format of the magazine, I had to frame all my shots vertically. Additionally, I had to keep in mind that the magazine’s title always runs across the center of the page (as seen here). I was surprised at how much difficulty this gave me compositionally. Finally, the sun was shining which made for some awkward lighting situations.
I’m satisfied with what I shot, though, despite accidentally stepping into the deepest part of the stream and walking around with soggy feet for the rest of the afternoon.
"A horse leaps over a post at the Mount St. Mary's University IHSA Show at Goucher College Saturday, October 2, 2010."
This image is nothing to write home about, but I’m posting it to encourage myself to go and shoot more. I went to my first Equestrian competition at Goucher last Saturday, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
It’s not often that you can get so close to horses and watch them in action on a regular basis. At Goucher, we’re lucky to have the opportunity to do both. I’m disappointed in myself for waiting until my Senior year to watch these shows.
From a spectator standpoint, I’m intrigued by the elaborate scoring and judging system used at these competitions. As a photographer, I know there’s potential for excellent photographs around those stables.
The thought of taking a beginning riding class next semester has even crossed my mind!