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:
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.
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.
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.