WJI 2015 Day 6: slideshows, Chipotle, and chocolate

May 23, 2015

WJI Day 6: The Photography Challenge

By Faith Auslund

Today was the last day of week one, and everyone did his or her best to push through. As has been the case all week, today we were pushed out of our comfort zone.

In the course of the afternoon, we were told to find an event or unique story to photograph, while taking notes and finding interesting information. I chose the Kenilworth Studio Art Tour, and made my way to the beautiful woodsy community in West Asheville. Each studio had a specific type of art displayed, from glass blowing, to sewing dolls, and the artists were eager to share their inspiration and process.

After wandering Kenilworth’s streets for several hours, snapping pictures here and there, I returned to the offices, and began the real work of writing a narration, recording, editing photos and putting it all together in a slideshow by the evening.

Before coming to the WJI, I had never considered the different types of writing, beyond creative, fictional and news. Writing for radio is its own genre altogether.

WORLD radio voice Nick Eicher stressed the importance of writing in short, understandable sentences, similar to talking. This has taken hours of practice, and I still am not sure when conversational writing will become easy.

After writing my script, telling the story of a multimedia artist, I was then asked to record the segment myself. Although I was nervous to do this alone for the first time, I again remembered Eicher’s tips, concentrating on an even pace and natural sound.

Next came the really hard part, made easier only by a Chipotle delivery from our hero Lee Pitts.

It was time to edit audio in Audacity, which never seems to work very well. Then, in-house photography expert Tiffany Owens pumped her jazzy beats while we edited photos and attempted to put them in a cohesive, aesthetically pleasant slideshow.

Marvin and Susan Olasky arrived, putting even more pressure on the students to perform well, and after a frenzied ten minutes of attempting to bring everything together, we presented our projects to them.

I have to say that I am very proud of this group of people at WJI. The creativity and talent, not to mention patience and kindness with each other, makes everything worth it. The finished slideshows were beautiful, and made the hours of work beforehand rewarding.

To celebrate, we crammed into cars and treated ourselves to some chocolate deliciousness at The French Broad Chocolate Lounge.

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