Studies in the spotlight in Jimin and Janelle’s photo essay

Of all of the photo essay subjects selected for this project, Jimin and Janelle’s, in my opinion presented the biggest challenge. Finding a worthwhile story in the mundane is one the key tests of journalism, and overall, I think the duo managed to catch just the right moments to compellingly depict the feeling of midterms week in the campus library.

 

For example, this picture:

Rebecca Geller, sitting Indian style with a reference packet in hand and grey boots beneath her, double checked her answer before moving onto the next inquiry. Photo by Jimin Kim (Feb. 28, 2015).
Rebecca Geller, sitting Indian style with a reference packet in hand and grey boots beneath her, double checked her answer before moving onto the next inquiry. Photo by Jimin Kim (Feb. 28, 2015).

which shows how comfortable the girl has gotten in preparation for her review session. Already she’s wearing a loose fitting shirt and sweatpants, but in her quest for total comfort while preparing for the discomfort of a midterm, not even her already comfortable shoes survive, kicked off to the side.

This photo:

Andrew Ki, a 22-year-old senior applied math and statistics (AMS) and economics double major, and Martin DeGuzman, a 25-year-old AMS senior, are a well-oiled studying machine. Although there are scores of other students in their department they could work with, they relate to one another’s desire to excel in their class. “It’s a world of difference when you have a person who’s just as committed as you are to your academics when you’re preparing for tests,” said Ki, sitting in the library’s Central Reading Room. Photo by Janelle Clausen (Feb. 27, 2015).

is notable for its layering. Not only are we given a vivid image of two students hard at work supporting each other’s study habits, we see that they’re representative when two more students can be seen studying in the back.

The last photo in their spread also gives some insight with its composition.

Rebecca Geller removed her grey ugg boots, leaving them about a foot away from her on the multicolored library carpet, in an effort to make studying more comfortable. Photo by Jimin Kim (Feb. 28, 2015).
Rebecca Geller removed her grey ugg boots, leaving them about a foot away from her on the multicolored library carpet, in an effort to make studying more comfortable. Photo by Jimin Kim (Feb. 28, 2015).

The tight shot of her gripping a pen tightly with both hands speaks to potential frustrations she’s facing in her studies.


Compared to the rest of the gallery, the other three photos in Starbucks are weak, with lighting diminishing otherwise serviceable shot, but in the ended, Jimin and Janelle succeeded in telling their story.

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