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Proof of Concept Photo Story Idea

Unless I find something that interests me more in the next couple days, my plan right now is to try and tell the story of how my small hometown has been hit by the economic downturn over the past several years. This is actually an idea I’ve had for awhile and thought about doing in a class a few quarters ago, but the logistics didn’t work out. Fortunately, I’ll be going home this weekend, giving me the perfect opportunity.

Here’s why I think this could work: my hometown is small and, in my opinion, has been visibly crippled (maybe too strong of a word) by the economy. I’m thinking businesses, the downtown area, roads, etc. For the past decade and a half it has also been turned into a “Wal-Mart town” — the giant chain has brought minimum-wage jobs and low grocery/shopping prices at the expense of small businesses and other grocery chains. If I go through with the idea, I plan to shoot on Sunday, and it will be easy to get a photo of a crowded Wal-Mart parking lot while the rest of the town sits virtually empty.

Lastly, if I used these photos for the soundslide project — a possibility but I haven’t decided yet — then I feel like I could interview residents about how they think the town has changed since the economic downturn began.

  1. May 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Bryden, this sounds like it could be your course project, not just the proof of concept photo story. Think about how you could segment this — what are different examples of what makes economic downturn “visible”? Which of those things are best told in pictures (for sale signs? boarded up store fronts?) and which are best told in sound? Sometimes, of course, the audio story is simply a well-edited interview.

  1. May 4, 2011 at 3:12 pm

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