Photo Essay Project Review:
When I initially started this project, I thought that I would explore different factors that led Phil to become a folksinger instead of a journalist. I was shocked by the fact that he dropped out of university in the last quarter of his senior year. Knowing what I’ve gone through to finish school, I was mortified at the thought of doing what he did. I was intrigued to know what events led up to this eventual decision. As I began my research, I realized what an influential person Jim Glover was to Phil. Ultimately, I decided that the story should be about their friendship because that relationship progressed Phil to become the artist,and the man, we know him as today.
I found the project interesting. It was challenging to narrow down to just one topic because I learned so much during the research portion. It was difficult not to focus too long on a topic, or to get distracted by a new piece of information.
I wanted to make a video, however I just had too much information to keep it between one and three minutes. So, I turned to the photo essay instead, and ended up really liking it. Plus, it was pretty cool to try something I’ve never done before.
When it came to collecting content, I found that pretty challenging too. There just isn’t a lot of material out there for my topic. I ended up spending longer than I had hoped to looking for good content. However, the content I did find does a solid job of making the point.
If I could do it over again, I would narrow down the topic sooner. I would have started collecting content sooner, and I would’ve looked for some video or animated some of the photos too. I edited this project using exposure.co, which was capable of including this sort of content into the project. I specifically chose this program because I had intended to use some video, but I just ran out of time.
Overall, I had a good time making this photo essay and would definitely like to make one again.