The claim that, “a picture is worth a thousand words” is true. Looking at any image, there is always a story to tell. How did that person or people end up where they are in the photograph?
In the photo story, “Faces of the Long Island Railroad,” there are definitely some stories to tell. Many times that a person takes public transportation, they see people who they will never encounter again in their life. In other situations, it becomes a familiar crowd.
So, who are those people? That was what Julio and Carlos were trying to convey.
More so with the photos than the words, they were able to illustrate a trend about the train passengers. Just looking at the story, it seems as if the crowd is extremely diverse, from every gender, ethnic group and age.
However, if a visitor to the blog scrolled through it quickly, they might not have noticed because of the size of the pictures. It would have been more effective to blow up the pictures and take up more space on the blog, as a large majority of the story being told comes from the image.
On that topic, it was interesting to see some of the stories that the duo were able to find out. Even though most were students, they each had different academic backgrounds, with differing opinions on the fare hike.
That being said, I think that telling their respective stories could have even been a bit better than focusing on the increased rate of traveling on the LIRR. A lot of the text in between images is attempting to give context about each of the subject’s feelings on the increase in the price of commuting, but that in a way could be a given.
Would anybody be happy about paying more money for anything?
It would have been interesting to see if the theater professor got on the train and worked on grading assignments or writing scripts. Did the students catch up on studying while they waited to get to Stony Brook or head for home?
Letting the pictures tell the story rather than in a way writing an article or blog post supplemented by images may have been more effective than it was. When the videographer, Brink, was featured, there is mention that, “the wind picked up.” It is a nice picture, but it does not necessarily show the wind, so the writing was a bit confusing.
Not that it was a bad story, it just raises questions that the viewer may want to see. That is the benefit of having a solid story idea.
A good story idea it was, as it raises curiosity. Just the whole concept of profiling strangers is engaging, as it is impossible to visualize a “stranger,” so one has to take a look at the story.
An interesting preface to the project was the duo’s social media use prior to putting together the photo story. As daily commuters themselves, Julio and Carlos have tweeted their experiences and difficulty with delays in the past.
Baring that in mind, it helped better understand that riders of the LIRR do not only have issues with paying fares and a pending increase, but that the service itself that they pay for is not perfect. In fact, it is far from it.