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Wk 4 – “Storytelling (Photography)”

Kimberly Ha (in the yellow shirt), 8, Ngan Nguyen (in the gray shirt), 8, and Heidi Li (in the pink shirt), 8, from Marshall Elementary School, eats their ice creams in the Multipurpose Room on Friday, May 31, 2019.They attend their Boys and Girls Club after school everyday decided to come out to the extra “Kid-chella” event. “Kid-chella” was organized by Boys and Girls Club in hopes to get children and their parents more involved with the community.
Kimberly Ha, 9, from Westminster on Saturday, July 27, 2019, gets out of the pool after taking a swim at the community pool for the first time. This is one of the first times she’s ever swam, marking a very important checkpoint in her life.
Kimberly Ha, November 23, 2019, in the passenger seat of the car. She recently discovered ASMR videos and decided to recreate them by eating her ruffles and coming close to her iPad camera. This is her very first set to becoming an influencer.
August 8, 2019. Kimberly Ha, 9, plays tug-of-war with the family dog, Rexy, 1 (in human years). She decides to let him win in an effort to make him feel better.
November 1, 2019. Kimberly Ha, 9, eats her Rice Crispies treats the day after Halloween to commemorate the good findings during Halloween. She hugs all of her stuffed animals in an attempt to share her Halloween candy, ultimately failing because they cannot eat.
July 12, 2019 Kimberly Ha, 9, gets her first gel manicure at a nail salon and shows off her nails to the camera. This is a very important moment in her life because she has experienced the wonders of getting a manicure and hopes to go back another time.
November 11, 2019 Kimberly Ha, 9, sits with cardboard cutouts of the animated version of her favorite movie The Addams Family. She hopes to watch the animated movie and has high expectations.

So, the story I was going for is the idea of youth and how the smallest things can mean so much to someone because they haven’t experienced it before. I’ve always been into exploring new experiences, and in the case of my little sister, everything is new to her.

I don’t think that my images were top notch or anything, but they were definitely authentic and candid. I never intended to take these photos for this class, actually. They were meant for the sole purpose of memories, and I think this gives them more meaning.

I think the image of Kim eating her Rice Crispies from Halloween is the most aesthetically pleasing photo. The lighting illuminates the subject, and I feel like her actions in this photo definitely express my message about youth and how simple experiences make children so happy.

I think all the photos of my photostory are not individually great. The fact that they’re put together this way makes them a good collective because it shares a common theme, but the pictures individually don’t make sense.

I don’t think I would change anything other than maybe actually editing them myself with photoshop or Lightroom. The realness and authenticity of the photos is my favorite part.

I think I would like to make a series on my teenager sister, Jenny. She mostly just stays in her room all day and is on her phone. I think that would be a funny photo story in comparison to Kimberly’s.


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