The microcontent was my therapy. I’ve always wanted to be a photographer and took basic photos, but these assignments required a different level of creativity from use that I really enjoyed. We had to create visual stories with only pictures, and I remember falling in love with National Geographic for being a visual storyteller. I really allowed myself to pretend that I was shooting for stories from National Geographic, so there are a lot of nature pieces in my collection. I enjoy nature a lot, but it’s also a great place to take some of the most randomly gorgeous photos you couldn’t have even imagined. My favorite was the black and white photos because they really generate a mysteriousness. I chose to visit the Sturgis library collection on Kennesaw’s main campus and immediately fell in love. I’m a huge lover of literature so I always appreciate a great library collection, but the curators are doing an amazing job to educate the student, as well as public, about the historical importance of literature. I’m also in support of fighting the book bans, so that really inspired how I wanted to capture the literature.
Storyboarding is extremely important because it helped me determine the topic of the story was and went from there on the content. That was a lot better than randomly figuring your plan out on the spot, that adds a lot of unnecessary pressure or stress on yourself when the answer is so simple. You have to come up with a concept before you try to start producing or directing your content to give you a sense of direction. You also need to have room for possible changes in your creative approach through other sparks of inspiration. I did a lot of photo taking and only produced a handful that I really felt comfortable submitting. You have to be okay with continuously learning photo taking techniques and developing them to better tell your story.