Freezing, but fashionable

The photo story, SBU Frigid Fashion, by Kayla Shults and Abby Del Vecchio, illustrates how Stony Brook University students are dressing to cope with this frigid winter season.

The greatest strength of the photo story is how genuine each subject looks. The students don’t look like they were forced to model their clothes and they all seem to be enjoying themselves. Also, the photos capture students in their natural environment, including the campus library hallway and the Student Union lounge.

I really enjoyed the quotes in the photo captions. My favorite one was by Oscar Icochea who said, “You gotta be a baller on a budget.” So, Kayla and Abby illustrated the students’ unique personalities, helping the audience get to know them as people and not only models.

Oscar Icochea’s motto when it comes to his fashion sense? “You gotta be a baller on a budget.” Photo by Kayla Shults and Abby Del Vecchio.

As far as what the duo could have done better, the photos could have been enlarged in the blog post to make them stand out more. It would have been great to see the finer details of each student’s clothes in larger photos.

Furthermore, I would have liked to have seen more photos of Yelizaveta Lysakoea. Although she is the featured image, another photo and caption of her in addition to the single picture of her in the blog post would have fleshed out her character.

“Sweaters, leggings, mittens and scarves are the most important things to wear,” said Yelizaveta Lysakoea, a 19-year-old psychology major. “I always have coffee because it’s so cold.” Photo by Kayla Shults and Abby Del Vecchio.

Parts of some of the photo subjects were also cut off. The shoes Lysakoea wore weren’t framed in the photo in the blog post, as well as the top of her head in the featured image.

Featured image of Yelizaveta Lysakoea. Photo by Kayla Shults and Abby Del Vecchio.

In addition, taking group photos of multiple students dressed in winter clothes could have enhanced the photo story. For example, these photos can depict the camaraderie between college friends bundled up in thick jackets in the cold.

For the photo story I published with Janelle Clausen, “No sleep for the studious,” group photos portrayed the pressures of midterms by featuring students who teamed up to study.

For 22-year-old Gabriela Cardoso, left, who’s a senior biology major, the Student Union lounge is a safe haven to study with her friends, Arely Sosa, a 21-year-old health science junior, and Tayisha St Vil, a 21-year-old women’s studies senior. Photo by Janelle Clausen (Feb. 28, 2015).
For 22-year-old Gabriela Cardoso, left, who’s a senior biology major, the Student Union lounge is a safe haven to study with her friends, Arely Sosa, a 21-year-old health science junior, and Tayisha St Vil, a 21-year-old women’s studies senior. Photo by Janelle Clausen (Feb. 28, 2015).

Kayla and Abby’s post can be very popular on social media because it tells a story through pictures. Rather than an 800-word feature story about SBU winter fashion, the photos in the story don’t demand as much time for the audience to enjoy. The photos can be added to a personal album on Facebook, which can be shared to friends. Those pictures will attract people to check out the Facebook post, which can include a link to the actual story. For Twitter, the best picture can be featured in the tweet to draw people to the blog post linked in the tweet.

Kayla and Abby portrayed how students are dressed to survive this freezing winter. Aside from a few technical critiques, the photos captured students in the moment and felt quite genuine. As a student myself dealing with the cold, I enjoyed how the story showcased students who forego fashion for warmth, and others who expressed their style despite the cold.

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