First Of The Last
So begins my very last semester as a photojournalism student. All at once it is both terrifying and exciting.
We began the week with a few routine classes, and then BAM! Wednesday came, and it was a whole new kind of day, which will be very useful training for us.
8 o’clock sharp (earlier than any class last semester) we are in class, and are handed an assignment. The assignment needs to be fully edited and captioned by 1pm that same day, to critique in class.
This week the we were required to photograph and do a short interview with a small business owner. I went home to do some quick researching. It crossed my mind that actually, there is a small hat-making business right across the street from my house, which has always piqued my curiosity. It is in a very old, decrepit looking building, suggesting abandonment. Despite the signs of closure, I snooped around to the staff only door and went in to find the owner, and found a very large, cavernous factory room filled with sewing machines, supplies and hats. It was all very vintage. Unfortunately the guy rejected my proposal. It would be a photojournalists dream to do a photo story on such a quirky old hat factory, though. Maybe I will go back and use my ‘closing’ skills I learned through my summer job, to try and convince him to allow me in.
Anyways, I eventually thought of this old mansion turned into a B&B that I used to live next to last year, and called them up. The owner was in her pj’s, but agreed to change into clothes and have me come over right away. The Montrose Inn is resplendent, complete with furnishings mirroring the early 1900s— when it was built— and the innkeepers are very lovely, passionate and helpful people.
My photograph did not turn out great, but every time you fail there is opportunity to learn and do better next time. Like my teacher pointed out, every time you fail it is leading up to the moment when the cumulative knowledge you have gained from all of your failures makes for great success.
It’s okay though because my roommate won the best photo award and took home the bag of groceries up for grabs, of which she is kind enough to share with the rest of us.