Searching for an event to cover for this feature project was not a huge struggle. There are a lot of things going on all of the time. The struggle was to figure out what event would be interesting to photograph.
I had constant opportunity to shoot concerts, but my standard camera can’t balance the light well enough, and all of those photos would have turned out black. I had to look further and attend something out of my comfort zone, which was extremely intimidating, I might add.
Working part-time as a listings editor at the Detroit Metro Times gave me an upper-hand and I found one event that I thought would be interesting to shoot. However, when choosing this event, I was faced with my constant problem in my journalism endeavors, which is covering events that I find interesting, but an audience probably does not, which is something I need to work on.
I took photos at the Phoenix Cafe in Hazel Park. Every Tuesday they host a live model drawing event and I thought it would be interesting to capture people working on art because I feel like indulging in artistic self-expression is a vulnerable and interesting thing. I didn’t photograph the live model because he was nude, and even though I had permission to photograph the artists, I wanted to respect the live model’s wishes and exclude him in my project.
I’m not sure if the event was feature-worthy, and I still need to work really hard on looking at the world in a different light in order to spot interesting things people are doing around me.
For my enterprise photo, I just chose to take a picture of this guy in all green at the Detroit Roller Derby. I found my fear and shyness kept me from some really good shots, enterprise, and feature alike. I missed out on some shots I knew would be good because I didn’t know how to approach the people for their names, and feared to be rude by capturing them when they didn’t want to be.
I also ran into people denying me their names because they didn’t want a photo of them or their children on an internet platform that wasn’t their own, which made me feel invasive and regretful.
I need to work on understanding my objectives better and stepping out of my comfort zone still. I could use more confidence because people are more likely to comply when you approach them in a light, positive and confident manner, instead of a shy one.
Overall, finding cool events and finding interesting people to photograph wasn’t exactly a struggle, it was having the courage to shoot them and ask them for personal information that I found difficult, but I’m ready to work harder at those aspects, so I can get more comfortable and shoot better photos.