Searching for perspective

Searching for perspective

Sep 26
Ariel Majewski, ACES Marketing Intern & junior in journalism with a minor in music

Photography is all about searching for new perspectives. Looking for something you’ve never noticed before. Delving into an environment you’ve never thought to explore. I take this philosophy to heart as a first-year photography intern for the college of ACES. I am a sophomore majoring in journalism with absolutely no background in agricultural, consumer, and environmental sciences.

None. Zip.

Thankfully, my Ag Comm roommate comes to my rescue on this field. Shout out to her for informing me of the existence of poultry competitions! And what FFA stands for. And how to distinguish every tree on campus.

Needless to say, I have much to learn about events, registered student organizations, and research conducted in all ACES departments—because even photographers have to do a little research before showing up to their assignments. The more I know about the people and work involved, the better I can represent their efforts and personalities via picture.

Another fun challenge in my internship is how I showcase my photos. I work in the mobile lands of Instagram. But before I obtained this position, I had not posted a single picture on my own Instagram. Did I mention that my friend created the account for me? I still don’t think she ever told me my password…

I also have to learn the art of Instagramming with a Nikon camera instead of a smartphone. Although I love my Galaxy S7, there’s something about a $500 lens that screams “use me!” So with the lovely help of Yahoo answers, I have been able to successfully transfer my photos to Instagram without ever touching my Android.

When I attend any event, I take hundreds of pictures. I love close-ups, bird’s eye angles, low angles—really any way that requires me to contort myself in a ridiculous position. It’s easy to pick 60 of my favorites and create a huge Facebook album. But for Instagram, I have to choose one photo. I try to find a perspective that focuses on a small aspect but still reflects the entire event.

After I find the correct photo to use, I proceed to the hardest step. Captions. Oh captions—how you tease my brain. As a journalist, I constantly have to speak with an objective mind. But with Instagram captions, I need to add that advertising spin which does not come so naturally. And I always seem to forget at least one hashtag. #thestruggleisreal

After four weeks on the job, I have already gained some insightful lessons. First, I’ve learned to stay at an event until it’s completely over. Not five minutes before it’s over, not before the last round of applause. Not even if I already have 400 pictures covering the event. One night, I took 165 pictures of a speaker throughout his lecture, and he only smiled at the end during the questioning. It was a brief smile, but the picture set a heart-warming tone. His facial expression and posture illustrated passion for his profession and animate desire to help students succeed. My favorite picture by far.

Finally, I’ve learned to always upload my photos to a flash drive. You never know when a little corn beetle may crawl into your laptop and screw up your hardware. That’s one bug McAfee can’t fix.

When I first arrived on campus my freshman year, I never thought I would become part of the ACES story. But I am so glad I did, and I am looking forward to preserving more ACES moments to come.

Ariel and camera