& that’s pretty much how my entire week has gone because it’s been so exhausting!
This weekend was my final homecoming as a Mizzou student, and the nostalgia was overwhelming. It’s slowly hitting me that this is a year full of lasts, this being the first major “last” that I’ve experienced. Since I work as a photographer for the University, Homecoming is always a crazy busy weekend and I’m constantly shooting events.
For this week, I want to take a look back and see how I have improved as a photographer by looking at my past Homecoming coverage compared to now.
The first photo is from this year, while the second is from 2014. Same location, but very different angles and thought process behind shooting.
This was the first year that I covered the parade without walking in it with my sorority, and I think it turned out better, coverage wise. I got a wider variety of groups and wasn’t tied down to catching up with one certain group while walking around.
I even managed to work my way onto the roof of the student center, which wasn’t easily accessible, but I used my connections and ended up getting escorted up there by a team member of the house keeping staff for the unions.
The photos I got from the roof aren’t the best, because there’s only so much personal interaction you can get with shots from a bird’s eye view, but I think they added to the overall photo essay. I tried to look out for shadows and patterns as the parade marched on down below.
It was nice to get that vantage point, and definitely was a unique shot that no one else got, but the downside was it took time away from getting some photos that people could connect with more on a personal level through interactions.
The two photos above are probably my favorite that I got while in the crowd. The one below is from 2014. I chose these as comparisons because it shows to me just how much more comfortable I am as a photojournalist. Two years ago, I was afraid to get closer and afraid it would be invasive if I worked my way too much into the situation. Now I’m not afraid to take those steps (literally, *ba dum tiss*) to getting closer to people that I encounter. I feel like learning that lesson brought my work as a whole to a new level and helped me better connect with subjects.
It’s been nice to take a second and realize just how much I’ve grown as a photographer over the years. Who knows where I’ll be 365 days from now, but maybe it’ll be back in Columbia to revisit this place I’ve learned to call my home and photographing it once again.