Tiana Reed

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I have two ideas about in 60 project. I either want to show the progression of fall starting with the trees that are still green and then transitioning into the trees that are now completely orange or red. Or I want to show different types of art (like sculptures, paintings, mixed media, drawings…in multiple genres) to show how subjective art can be and it truly depends on perception.
If I decide to the fall idea I want to take my own pictures of different trees and then but them in the video gradually showing the change from green (summer) to orange/red (fall) and then if I can find it a tree that is leafless which is what eventually represents winter. As the trees change I would either want a song playing or people talking explaining what fall is to them. I think this idea would be cool because of all the different angles I could shoot the trees from and seeing the the progression of the trees would be visually appealing.
As for the art idea I would want to have the different examples of art be pictures too. But I’m not exactly sure if I could find a large variety of art that is Creative Commons. And I’m also not sure what the audio would be at the point, because I’m not sure if speaking or music…maybe both would be effective.

Audio Story

For the day in the life assignment I decided to do the day in the life of a college commuter. I chose this topic because unless you commute you probably don’t know the difficulties many commuters face every day. Simple things such as arriving to class on time, parking, traffic, making sure you know the weather (because if it starts raining and you don’t have an umbrella with you…you are in major trouble). And these are all things students who live on campus (or close to campus) might not understand such as the difficulty of things that seem so simple. For example If I have a 9:10 class I have to leave my house (which is about 20 minutes away) up to an hour earlier just to insure I arrive to class on time.  Because traffic between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. is absolutely horrible, especially if there is a traffic accident, and you can easily spend 30-45 minutes alone in traffic and you haven’t even gotten to campus yet. Once on campus parking can become difficult but no matter where you park you will end up paying either daily or by getting a parking pass, because you will get a ticket if you don’t have a parking pass and don’t pay…I know from experience, 7 parking tickets of experience. However I park on west campus which feels like an extremely far distance from all of my classes on north campus. So after being stuck in traffic for 30 minutes you then have to wait (in the sometime bitter cold, rain, and snow) for a bus to take you to north campus. All of this can make for pretty stressful mornings if you’re late, having a bad day, or lacking sleep because you pulled an all-nighter. And for the entire school year this is often you’re everyday as a commuter and if you don’t commute I think you can lack understanding and in turn lack empathy for some of the struggles commuters’ face every day just getting to campus, which is why I decided to do my audio story on this particular subject.

There are many difficult aspects of being a commuter aside from just getting to campus that I had to choose a focus since the audio story was only two to five minutes in length. But there are many other challenging aspects of not living on campus including something as simple as getting involved because many of these activities and events take place on the weekend or on evenings after you’ve already left campus and the only thing worse than the commute to campus during morning rush hour is the commute back to or from campus during evening rush hour. So you tend to miss out on the “college experience” living on campus can offer. But hopefully introducing just a little bit of what is it like to be a commuter and maybe offer some insight to non-commuters who don’t have the ability to see these daily challenges. 

Link to my audio story:


Reflection of peer review

The feedback my group gave me was really helpful because they all said they could relate to my topic which was really nice because I was a little unsure of my idea because I didn’t know if it would be interesting or relatable. I was also thinking about making my script longer but they said that it seemed about the right length just go thru it and touch it up. The suggestions they gave me for sounds were really nice too. Like the sound of the radio playing, cars, other drivers, buses, etc was helpful because I think it will add depth to my script. I’m still a little nervous of being able to fill 2-3 minutes with just my script but I think with their suggestions I can supplement my script with a lot of Useful audio. Reading the essay out loud and my groups opinions really helped me get a more complete picture of what I eventually want my final Project to look and sound like, because before I had pieces of my project but I was having trouble putting them together so all the pieces fit well together.

Finger Exercise #2

I listened to Mike Pesca on slate radio, the name of the episode was Gist 9/26 part 3: Prudie: The Cheater Gets Caught and the original air date was September 26. The episode was a follow up story about a man who wrote into the show about an experience he had where he got very intoxicated one night and cheated on his longtime girlfriend at a party. A few weeks later the man got a call from this girl (who he cheated with) saying she was pregnant and he was one of three men who might be the father and this man originally wrote into the show for advice for whether he should tell his girlfriend.  In the end he decided not to tell his girlfriend (even though they suggested he tell his girlfriend because of the amount of people who knew about the affair), the baby was born and he wasn’t the father. But eventually his girlfriend found out about the affair and this was discussed during the follow up interview with this man.

I’d say that the purpose of this podcast was to be both informative and entertaining. The podcast could be helpful to someone in a similar situation which is why I called it informative but I think the main goal was to be entertaining because their talking about a man who cheated on his girlfriend not breaking news.

The vocal delivery was conversational which was nice because it made it easy to listen to, I almost felt like I was listening to the radio. And I think this approach matched their subject matter, their voices were strong, loud, consistent, and recognizable but not authoritative like they were discussing very important subject matters. What I didn’t like was that there was very little outside noises besides the two people speaking which made it a little hard to focus at times because it was two people talking for ten minutes straight, but I found the subject matter very interesting so that made it a little easier to focus for the ten minutes. I would listen to the podcast again if the subject matter was as entertaining as it was on this particular episode because the subject of the podcast was why I even chose to watch the podcast in the first place.


Photo Essay: More than School

School can be one of the strongest and most important socializing factors in a child’s life and often has a great impact on the child. From the time of your first day school until the moment you graduate (or finish), school is where you spend a large majority of your time and build some of your most meaningful relationships. This photo essay attempts to show that although schools around the world look different, the students who inhibit these classrooms are not and neither are the relationships these children form inside their different classrooms. The goal of is to hopefully showcase  that people often share more similarities than they realize and even something as simple as children and their classrooms can relay this message successfully.


Rough Draft- 1000 Words photo essay assignment

School is one of the strongest socializing factors in one’s life behind the family unit and the media (social media included). From the time your five years old and start your first day of kindergarten until the moment you graduate high school, school is where you spend most of your time and build some of your most meaningful relationships outside of your family. This photo essay attempts to show that although school classrooms and curriculums around the world look different, the students who inhibit these classrooms are not different and neither are the relationships these children form inside their different classrooms. The goal is to help people realize that we often share more similarities with people than we realize even if they don’t look, talk, or act exactly like us. 

Chuck Simmins

Iraqi children sit in their classroom

23 October 2009

CC BY2.0


Steve Jurvetson

African Schoolroom- Serving the villages of Zambia.

28 June 2011

CC BY 2.0


douglasjones jr

School kids jumping (Asia)

28 March 2014

CC BY 2.0


DFID - UK Department for International Development

Getting children back into school- Muzaffargarh, Sindh

23 November 2010

CC BY 2.0


US Department of Education

05062014 ED Goes Back to School 15

6 May 2014

CC BY 2.0


AUthors Note 

I constructed the images of these children in their school settings to show that when it comes down to it a lot of us share many similarities no matter what part of the world we grow up in. For example all of these children live in different parts of the world yet in these pictures of them in their classrooms all look similar in the fact that each picture just depicts happy children in school, as if they grew up minutes apart from each other and not thousands of miles away. Hopefully just to reinforce that differences are only as big as as important as you make them.

Adults are the intended audience but children were used throughout the photo essay because children are normally associated with an innocence that affects how adults perceive them. Children tend to get a more compassionate response from adults. I also purposefully choose happy children because living here in the United States when we see children ion other counties, these children are normally depicted as poor, hungry, and sad which often degrades the image we have of not only these children but that country. And I wanted to show that kids in these countries live lives similar to kids here in the United States, reinforcing the fact that as human beings we are all quite similar.

I tried not to manipulate the images of the children too much because I wanted the picture to stay as natural as these children appeared to be and I also didn’t want to distract from the children by complicating the picture. But I did make all the pictures black and white because I wanted to make sure all the pictures were “equal” so that the audience paid attention to the actually children and their facial expressions. But other than that no other technology was used on the pictures.  

 Ultimately I want to show a commonality between different people of the world by using the medium of school, but I’m not exactly sure how I want to do this with the next five images. I don’t know if  I want to take the picture of the children in their schools and put them next to another picture as like a comparison or just add five more pictures of children in their school in five more different parts of the world. 

Finger Exercise #1

Original images:

KAZ Vorpal

Tebow – Righteousness

16 September 2012

CC BY 2.0 


Tobias Lindman

The Granite Cross

28 June 2012

CC BY 2.0

 New Image


Authors Note:

            Tim Tebow is one of the most iconic players to ever grace the football field, but his notoriety had little to with football, it had to do with his outward and constant   expression of his faith. The fascination with Tim Tebow is interesting because people either seem to like him or find his presence down right irritating, but why it is that a deeply religious man who plays football can illicit so many different responses? The picture depicts Tim Tebow praying with a bible quote and originally he was on the football field but I took out that background of the football field and added to the picture of the field with the cross in it. I choose the picture of the picture of Tim Tebow praying because it is what he is most known for, and I choose the picture of the field with the cross in it because people often feel like Tim Tebow wanted to turn the football field into some religious place that it shouldn’t be, which is why I in the end choose to combine these pictures. 

Internet Archive Book Images

"Image from page 359 of "An introduction to the study of prehistoric art" (1915)"

29 July 2014. CC BY 2.0 

Open sports

“Tim Tebow OPENSports.com”

9 January 2009. CC by 2.0

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