Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Project Update

Sarah and I went to LAND today to do some research. We were able to get copies of a lot of newspaper articles about HomeSource. We have yet to dig through our copies, but at the very least, the headlines and images would be a great addition to our project. Things are beginning to come together.

To the left is a news clipping of one of the founders of HomeSource, Darryl Johnson. Toni told us that he was the person who was able to get one of the first large donations to start the program.

To the right is a newspaper clipping of a student who was working with LAND in 1998 to rebuild the house shown. I am especially drawn to the framing in this photo. I love it.

I'll post the headlines when I finish scanning the articles.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Progress Update

Last week Sarah, Jessica, and I returned to LAND and were able to meet and interview a resident who is a HomeSource member. Filming an interview was much more difficult than I had imagined. The angle was all wrong and I wasn't sure if I should move to adjust it because I did not want to ruin any of our footage or sound clips. Ah well, I guess it's a learning experience.

We let Terry know that we were interested in interviewing many residents about their experiences with HomeSource, but we haven't heard back from her. It looks like this may be our only resident that we can contact, so i've been trying to dig up some of HomeSource's history to balance it all out.

I've been hitting a lot of bumps recently: we can't find a computer lab to download our footage, we have been unable to find a time to return to LAND, and now we may have to adjust our project plans to only accomodate one resident interview. It's been tough, to say the least.

Here's a photo of the truck loaded up inside the warehouse. Hopefully I'll have something more about the history of HomeSource by next week.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

A Look into HomeSource: A Photo Essay

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My primary visual goal for the photo essay was to display the variety and quantity of items that Homesource supplies. I approached this by taking photos of items that were gathered closely together as well as choosing camera angles which accentuated the expanse of the paint cans, sinks or wallpaper. By cropping the photo, I also pushed the items against the frame, thus creating an illusion that the objects continued far past the edge of the photo.

By primarily depending on photos for information and supplementing minimal text, I had to analyze the photos I took and juxtapose images to create the point I wished to get across to the viewer. I also had to edit the interview I had with the staff at LAND and decide what information would most compliment the photos. The interview with the staff taught me a lot about the Homesource program, its history, and its goals. It was difficult to decide what aspect to focus the essay on; the interview’s information had to be split three ways among my group as well. I thought that creating an advertisement of sorts would be both beneficial to Homesource as well as complimentary to the variety of photos that were taken.