Sunday, June 8, 2014

20 Time Reflection

1.  Overall, my opinion of 20 Time based on my experience in class is that it was a life-changing project.  It allowed me to accomplish something that will always be important to me, and something that I would have never achieved otherwise.  I didn't expect my single year living here to have such an impact on me, but due to this project my short time in Grosse Pointe will stay with me forever.

2.  For next year, I think that a blog post every other week should remain as a requirement.  I think the students next year should view the Ted talks from this year before choosing their projects, so that they can realize right away that they will regret choosing something simply to get into college, or for some other superficial reason.  They should be encouraged to consider their true passions and genuine goals before they choose their projects.

3.  I think that 20 Time should really just remain the same, as I think that the freedom we experienced this year is what allowed us to gain our own independence and achieve our goals as the year progressed.

4.  Yes, I think that 20 Time is definitely something that more students should do in school.  Between all the academic and extracurricular achievements that are expected of students today, it has become very difficult for students to develop their own passions and independence.  The chance to have the freedom and encouragement that allows us to grow as people is something that I have personally found very beneficial, and I know that other students will too.  The 20 Time project not only allows us to achieve new goals that we never thought possible, but it also allows us to apply what we've learned to our other academic goals.  If 20 Time was offered to everyone in school, then I believe that their would be an increase in the creativity of students, and a decrease in their stress and feelings of being insignificant.

5.  The advice that I would give to students next year is not to be afraid.  One of the worst things a student could do is avoid pursuing a goal because they're worried about what their classmates will think, or because they're scared of failing.  The amount of freedom that 20 Time gives students is something that many of them aren't used to having, so it may seem like something stressful to students who prefer to blend in with the crowd, and think inside the box, just to stay on the safe side.  So I would tell next year's students to take advantage of the opportunities that 20 Time gives them, and use their project as a way to overcome their fear of standing out.

6.  I thought that while the event was extremely nerve-wracking, it was an opportunity that I will always be grateful for.  If I had known at the beginning of the year that I would be presenting at an event like this, I probably would have switched classes due to fear of public speaking.  But even though I was scared, the feeling of accomplishment that the event has given me is priceless, and I realize now that I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity in the first place.  I think that this is something that the school should host again, because it gives students the chance to spread ideas that are important for everyone to hear.  Also, for students who have gained confidence through their projects, it is like the final hurtle before they can fully realize how much they have changed as a person.  It allows students to realize that they are stronger than they thought, and I believe that this realization will allow them to thrive in the future, and to inspire others to overcome problems such as being shy.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Book

For the past few days I have been putting together my book of the photos I've taken, the final product of my project.  I am using iPhoto to create the book, as I will be able to put it together on my computer and then have it shipped to my house once it's done.  The book is going to be hardcover, and in the largest size.  I have also been brainstorming for my speech, and am currently working on an outline.  I have all the ideas I need to write it, but I'm still a little unsure about the structure of the speech, as I haven't written one in a very long time.  I think that my speech will mainly be about the importance of experiencing new cultures first-hand, through something that is your passion, rather than let your world opinions be influenced by others.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Trip to Shanghai

Over the Easter Break I didn't have any opportunities to take new pictures in Detroit, as my family and I traveled to Shanghai, China.  I did however have the opportunity to do some photography there, and have decided that I might as well share a few of the photos I took, seeing as I have no other new work to post.  Shanghai is completely different from Detroit, and I enjoyed experiencing such a new environment, especially such an exciting one.  And although it continues to struggle while Shanghai is flourishing, I still view Detroit as an equally interesting city, with different yet important cultural aspects to explore.

 A bag of Chinese snacks, called Mi-Dahs
 The window of a shop in the city
 A strange hospital-themed candy store
 A boy and his grandmother running a stall at a market 
 An outdoor market
 A store in the city
A bustling street in the evening 

Friday, April 11, 2014


I haven't got around to taking many new photos lately, but I am going into Detroit this weekend, so I will have new ones to share next week.  I did however sell a few of my older pieces at my school's art exhibit, called ArtFest, last week.  It was very exciting for me, as it was my first time selling any of my work for profit.  I am also excited because my school's newspaper, The Tower, will have an article about me and my photography in it next week.  I hope to have more opportunities to exhibit my work in the future, and am once again grateful to the 20 Time project for inspiring me to take my photos of Detroit in the first place.  I've also been displaying my work by posting it on Instagram, which has been a useful tool in sharing my work with friends and family.  I've also been thinking a lot about what my 20 Time speech should be about, and so far I'm considering making the importance of embracing and educating yourself about other cultures the main idea.  I think it's very important for people to not live in a bubble, and focus on their own culture and community.  In order to better understand the world around us, we need to learn more about it through traveling or through something we love, such as photography.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Photoshop Experiments

Although I haven't had a lot of opportunities to take new pictures recently, I have been spending a lot of time experimenting with different photoshop programs.  I hope that I will be able to use these programs in order to improve or manipulate my photographs, as I have been trying to do. I have also been spending time developing and preparing a few of my photos for ArtFest, which is when my school will be displaying student artwork to be judged and sold.  Many of the photos that I will display in ArtFest are pictures that I have taken specifically for this project, so I am glad that this project has given me the opportunity to take different kinds of pictures outside of my photography class.  Below I will include a few of the photos that I have been experimenting with on photoshop - some of them simply have a change of filter or a colour boost.

 A woman shopping at Eastern Market - (colour boost filter, etc.)
 Stuffed animal at the Heidelberg Project - (colour boost filter, etc.)
 Clock hanging outside at the Heidelberg Project - (geometric effect, blackened colour, etc.)
 My younger sister - (pixelated effect, colour effect, black and white, etc.)
A portrait of my younger sister 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Project Reflection

The thing I like the most about the 20 Time project is the fact that it has encouraged and allowed me to accomplish things that I didn't realize I was capable of, and never would have dreamed of doing on my own.  I have already learned a lot from the project so far, and am continuing to set new goals along the way.  The only thing I dislike about the 20 Time project is the frequency of the blog post due dates, as I feel that I don't always have new things to share every week, and new occurrences don't necessarily happen in time for every Monday.  If I could change anything I would simply make blog posts due possibly every other week, or maybe just on any day of every week, as I feel that a more flexible due date would be easier to work with.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Old Man - Revised Edition

After visiting the DIA for the Scholastics Art Awards ceremony, I realized that the other photographs that won awards often appeared to use photoshop or other forms of editing.  Afterwards, I decided to experiment with some photo editing as well, and ended up doing some contrast and sharpness boosting on the Old Man picture I had taken earlier.  The rise in contrast has really deepened the many lines in the man's face, and I think it has improved the photo a lot.  I plan to continue doing edits such as this one on other pictures I take, as well as trying out other photoshop software.  I have downloaded Lightroom, a photoshop program, and am excited to try it out on the photos I have taken and will take.