David Blockstein.

"David Blockstein, a senior scientist at the National Council for Science and the Environment, addresses a class of students at Goucher College Friday, November 12, 2010. Blockstein was invited to Goucher as a Mellon Visiting Scholar."

Besides the basics, I don’t understand anything that relates to Science or Mathematics in any way, shape, or form. In fact, I’m so unfamiliar with the Hoffberger Science building at Goucher that it took me nearly ten minutes to find the room to take this photograph.

I was sent to David Blockstein’s presentation to a Biology class as a photographer, but as I was shooting, I found myself genuinely interested in what he was saying. He spoke about environmental issues, a speech I’ve heard time and time again at Goucher. But he was able to talk about the problems we face more effectively, in my opinion, than anyone else I’ve heard.

As this presentation was directed to young people preparing to enter the world that exist beyond Goucher’s campus, one of his main points was that no matter one’s occupation, the skills that come along with that occupation can be used to improve the situation.

So it got me thinking: What is the role of the photojournalist in saving the planet?

Issue 5 – The Quindecim, The Independent Student Newspaper of Goucher College

 

"The Quindecim, The Independent Student Newspaper of Goucher College - Issue 5 - November 5,2010 - Front Page"

The latest issue of The Quindecim has been distributed around campus.

This issue is the best evidence this year of how far we’ve come since last. We’ve established credibility as a source of news through the first four issues, and we’ve now become something that people expect and look forward to every two weeks.

Issue 5 is comprised of 20 pages of  well-written, informative articles and beautiful photographs. More importantly, we reported on the biggest stories of the year. These aren’t about famous speakers who visited campus or huge plans for new building renovations. Rather, they’re about issues that directly affect students on a daily basis.

I urge Goucher students to pick up The Quindecim, educate yourselves with the facts, and contribute to the campus conversation.

We worked harder on this issue than on any other this year, and I’m extremely proud of my Editors and staff for producing such a great product. There are some mistakes which some members of my staff have brought to my attention.

As the Editor-In-Chief, I take full responsibility for those mistakes, and I sincerely apologize.

That being said, what’s most important is that the the facts published in this issue are accurate and verified. What matters most is that right now, we as students have some larger, more important problems in our community to fix.

The Quindecim remains dedicated to doing their part in helping to do so.

‘Alcohol, drug-related incidents reach high’

 

"A water fountain spigot is shown detached from its base after being struck by a pumpkin in the Tuttle dormitory at Goucher College Tuesday, October 27, 2010. Goucher has experienced a dramatic increase in alcohol and drug-related incidents on campus this year."

I decided to post this photograph because it relates to the most pressing issue on Goucher’s campus right now. Through October 24th, 145 alcohol and drug-related incidents were reported by the Office of Public Safety. That’s an increase from 66 through that date last year.

The full story can be read here.

I quickly snapped this photograph while I was talking to some residents of the Tuttle dorm. I’m going to be covering this beat for The Quindecim for the rest of the semester. My goal is to do my part to improve the situation by publicizing the issue as much as possible and providing the campus with consistent and accurate information relevant to these problems.

Animal Farm.

"A student rehearses her role as Mollie the Pony in a musical rendition of George Orwell's 'Animal Farm' Wednesday, October 27, 2010 in the Mildred Dunnock Theatre at Goucher College. The musical was produced by the Music and Theatre departments at Goucher."

I’ve developed a nice portfolio of plays, musicals, and theatre productions throughout my time at Goucher, but it hasn’t come easily.

When I first started shooting assignments like this, I failed every time. I had lots of difficulty with lighting, composition, detail, and sharpness. I remember coming out of those events feeling down about my ability as a photographer.

But, as with any hobby or profession, practice makes perfect. Low lighting remains a challenge, but I’ve learned to use it as a tool to make more dramatic photographs. Compositionally, I’ve learned to keep it simple. I often strictly follow the rule of thirds for close-up shots like this one. Most importantly, the action doesn’t seem to happen as quickly to me now. I’ve gotten much better at picking out the most expressive moments in these performances.

Animal Farm was the first performance I’ve shot this semester, and I’m glad to have gotten back into it.

I shot this dress rehearsal on the night of one of the craziest, busiest, most newsworthy days I can remember as a student here. By the time of the rehearsal, I just wanted to go to sleep, but I went and shot anyway. Once the lights went down and I started snapping, I forgot about everything else from the day. It’s fascinating how photography has the power to serve as a complete escape in the midst of craziness.

Issue 4 – The Quindecim, The Independent Student Newspaper of Goucher College

 

"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.

The Baltimore Marathon/Costume Parade

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.

Midnight Madness Y’all.

 

 

"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.

"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.

The Renie Race.

"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.