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.
Long Island Rail Road commuters rode the rails through the winter with its harsh snowstorms and frigid temperatures. These commuters will face a cold reality when they shell out more money starting March 22 when fares are expected to increase. Taking into consideration the recent service disruptions and other factors such as what the revenue goes into, some said they do not believe fare increases are merited.
Getting out early from an acting class, Anika Martin, a biochemistry major and Amityville resident, takes the 6:49 p.m. train to go home. She said she does not think the fare should increase because of the excessive delays, she said, which “gets to be a bit annoying.” She said she thinks service should improve.
“We probably deserve a little compensation,” Martin said. “But I don’t think that’s going to happen.”
“It might not affect me in one shot,” said frequent commuter and business major Juan Canales when asked how the fare increase would impact him. “But it accumulates to be something else,” he continued, worried that the extra cash layout would definitely be a problem in the long run.
Karyn Amaira, a graduate student, will be lucky enough to escape the fare increase with alternative means of transportation.
“[The fare increase] will affect me a little bit, but not too much,” Amaira said when asked how she’d deal with the price increase. “I also have a car, which is a cheaper mode of transportation for me.”
Boarding the same train, Kara-Lynn Vaeni, a theater arts professor at Stony Brook, normally took the 9:50 p.m. train, but with rehearsals for a play already done, she opts to commute home via the same 6:49 p.m. train. Though this train is earlier, the commute is longer compared to the later train. Vaeni is against the fare increase with the frequency of trains considered.
“It’ll affect me because it’ll eat more of my money,” Vaeni said. “But they are not changing the train schedule to be more convenient.”
One student on the train, Michael Lee, resorted to the train for his commute after hazardous highways made driving a more dangerous practice. That being said, as a student who normally drives, he wasn’t entirely worried about the upcoming fare increase. It would have to be something he’ll deal with in the future, but ultimately decided it was “nothing significant.”
At the Huntington train station, Tom Brink, a videographer for an advertising agency, arrived on the 6:30 p.m. train out of Penn Station when the wind picked up momentum. He showed sympathy for the railroad despite the delays and service disruptions.
“For what it’s worth, this railroad actually does a pretty good job with all the demands that are put on it,” Brink said.
He said he would like the trains to have more cars coupled and the service to be improve. Brink added that he does not understand why fares increase and would like to know what he’s paying for, though fellow commuters he’s asked said they believe the extra money goes to the unions and pensions.
“It seems to be the trend,” Brink said.
Also at Huntington was freshman Siara Dalton, who takes the train every day. Paying depending on her schedule for the month–buying either monthly passes or daily tickets–she knew that this would definitely affect her in the future.
Lorenzo Foscolo got off the train from Stony Brook and was anxious to get on the connecting. He was surprised about the fare increase as he did not know about it. After the news broke to him, he was “not every happy.”
“What’s the motivation?” Foscolo asked about the increase. “It takes two and a half hours to get back home.”
Yuriy Slaschev, a freshman dropped off at New Hyde Park Station, has suffered from his own delays and even a train that simply didn’t show up. With frustrations at the sporadic service, he certainly wasn’t optimistic about a fare increase.
“I’m probably going to stop buying monthly passes,” Slaschev remarked. “It’s probably not even worth it to buy [them] anymore.”
Stephen Cardiello was waiting for the 8:44 p.m. train from Stony Brook on Wednesday night. What set him apart from anyone else is that he was not a Stony Brook student. Instead, he attends Suffolk Community College. He got a ride from his sister to the station to head home. He, like Foscolo, was surprised about the increases.
“There’ll definitely be drawbacks.” Cardiello said. “It’s definitely a sacrifice.”
As for alternate methods of transport, he said the county bus may be an option traveling between school and East Northport, where he lives. He said the bus “is a lot easier.”
College life can take up a lot of time for many students. Classes, clubs, internships and jobs keep the students of Stony Brook University running around every week. Every now and then, the students have a chance to lay off some steam and express a side of themselves not seen in a classroom. On March 2, Stony Brook’s campus music showcase RockYoFace hosted an Open Mic Night in the University Cafe. Various students performed for a crowd looking for a night off from grades and grief.
There’s a lot of clowning around done in college, so how about a carnival to go with it?
Stony Brook set up their first ever Winterfest last Saturday at the Student Union. This free event was set up to celebrate the winter season and combat student stress with carnival games, activities and more, according to an email sent out by Timothy Ecklund, Dean of Students prior to the event.
Though students crowded the Union on Saturday afternoon, not everyone attended, or even knew about Winterfest. Here are some of the highlights of the day that you may have missed:
“Free Food.” Two of the greatest words every college student can hear. At Winterfest, students got a free lunch from a food truck parked outside the Union, all they had to do was swipe their ID Card.
“It’s a chance for students to kick back, blow off steam and let loose,” Howard Gunston, director of facilities for the Student Activities Center and the Union, said. Gunston was the man in charge of handing out the meal tickets and directing students to different activities.
8. Ice Skating
What better way to celebrate the winter than with ice skating? Outside in the parking lot behind the Union, a small, portable ice rink was set up. Students could pick out ice skates in their size and try out the rink. The rink was made of white plastic sheets that were sprayed with a thin ice coating, which made things easier for those who didn’t know how to skate, Valentine Edwards, a biochemistry major who tried out the ice rink, said.
WUSB, the university’s radio station, supplied the music for Winterfest. For the first half of the event, the station was playing carnival themed music then brought in a DJ who played more dance-like music for the remaining time. WUSB was giving out hot chocolate, popcorn and other goodies in their office on the second floor of the Union.
Carnival games could be found in the Union front lobby and side dining area. Games ranged from shooting baskets to throwing darts, and even if you didn’t win, every game was free of charge. The carnival games, prizes and ice skating rink was all provided by Great Neck Games and Productions, an event rental and production company
Victoria Santiago, the event planner for Great Neck Games, said Stony Brook contacted them about a month ago to plan for Winterfest.
“I love this kind of stuff,” Santiago said on planning Winterfest. “I’m a people person, and I love talking to students and interacting with the attendants.”
In true carnival game fashion, winning these deceitful games are harder than one would think, but still not impossible. In you won a game, you were given a ticket that you could hold on to until you wanted to claim your winnings at the prize booth, a table filled with red, blue and green stuffed frogs, monkeys and flowers.
Stony Brook ordered 500 stuffed prizes, estimating an attendance around that number. even with an hour left in the event, prizes began to run dry, leaving only around ten undesired fuzzy pink, yellow and green caterpillars to be chosen from.
4. Photobooth In the Union ballroom students could find massages, arts and crafts tables and a Photo Booth. The photo booth had dark navy background, and purple and white snowflakes splattered on it, as well as a box of goofy props, like feather boas, hats and huge glasses, to use in the photo taking fun.
The Stony Brook Craft Center set up multiple craft tables in the Union Ballroom where students gathered with their friends to make marshmallow characters, bookmarks, buttons, and serenity candles.
Rima Madan and Nick Spiezio said they were attracted to the craft area because they saw a table full of marshmallows and a sign with Olaf, from the Disney movie, Frozen, asking students if they wanted to build a snow man.
Tucked away in the side of the Union ballroom, a row of 9 massage chairs stood in a row, each with a professional masseuse by its side waiting to help students relieve some of that crazy, midterm stress. Each masseuse started with a shoulder rub, lower and upper back massage, and finished off with a relaxing hand massage.
“The massages were really nice,” Spiezio said. He also said he recommends them to anyone who came to Winterfest.
Overall, Winterfest was fun! It was an event planned to let students relax in the midst of a busy start to the semester and to help them ease their cabin fever brought on by the snow, according to Gunston. About 500 students showed up to Winterfest, and some didn’t even plan on coming and were caught up in the wave just by walking through the Union.
“I just got the email this morning,” Rima Madan said.
Gunston said depending on the popularity of Winterfest, the university may do something like it again next year. And by the looks of the event, it was quite a hit.
“It’s a good idea,” Valentine Edwards said. “I hope that Stony Brook can do a lot more events like this.”
March has begun, but the cold weather doesn’t look like it is going away anytime soon. With a campus as large as Stony Brook University, and these brutal temperatures and wind chills, students have to bundle up in order to keep warm — even if it means sacrificing their fashion sense.
No matter how cold it may be, it looks like the people at Stony Brook always know how to stay fashionable. Even though it doesn’t look like the snow is melting away anytime soon, let’s hope March will bring slightly warmer temperatures so Seawolves can break out this spring’s hottest trends, whatever they may be.
For some Stony Brook University students, the end of February and the start of March means midterms week or better yet, hell week. Students are busy preparing for their first major test of the semester. Some are studying alone, while others are teaming up with friends. Although their majors may vary, one goal unites them–doing well on their exams.
These studying students dot the campus landscape. They’re anchored down in dorms, the campus library and lounges, often from early morning into the depths of night with Starbucks coffee beside them.
For assignment two, my partner and I will photograph Stony Brook University students studying for midterms, which are taking place this week and next week. In doing this photo story, we’ll capture each student’s approach to studying and handling stress.
In doing this photo story, my partner and I will collect backstories of each student, including how they feel about their upcoming exams, what their methods are for managing stress and the challenges of their major.
The photos will portray two different atmospheres during study week. The pictures captured during the day may depict a more chaotic scene where students are in a rush to study, eat, as well as make it to their next class. The photos taken in the evening might illustrate students who are fighting exhaustion to study and succeed on their midterms.
The photographs will also portray a diverse group of students who are of different races, ages and fields of study.
In taking this approach, the story may reveal if being a graduate student is more demanding than being an undergraduate or if a foreign exchange student has a more difficult time preparing for tests due to the language barrier.
Therefore, the photo story will provide an in-depth and gritty portrayal of the challenging life of college students.
The Long Island Railroad transports thousands of commuters each day. No two people are the same with each person commuting to different destinations for different reasons.
This project, consisting of pictures and quotes from commuters, would capture the essence and commutes of various people. Questions to ask would be “where are you going,” “which train are you taking,” “how often do you ride the LIRR,” and other various questions. If there is a severe delay, emotions and potential tensions flying high would make for great content.
Taking pictures at a station would not be much of an issue as a few projects for JRN 215 were shot on location at Huntington and Floral Park with no resistance from anyone. As for the taking pictures on the train, permission may be needed and verification of who to contact on the Long Island Railroad for this permission will be looked into.
Above all, this would be like “Humans of New York,” but centered around the Long Island Railroad and those who rely on it each day.
When any college sports team takes the field, it is not about a group of athletes stepping onto a playing field to try to win. Instead, those young adults are students as well.
Some student-athletes have given up more than just their free time to join their respective teams.
The Stony Brook Seawolves have three alum who currently hold a roster spot on a Major League Baseball team. Joe Nathan, Tom Koehler and Nick Tropeano all put on a baseball jersey in front of thousands of people every day and night.
On this season’s Seawolves squad, there are players who gave up that chance in order to pursue an education and enhance their abilities at the same time.
In fact, Johnny Caputo, who is a junior infielder from Ontario, was drafted in the 12th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. That is a relatively high selection, as there are 40 rounds, full of college and high school players. Caputo passed on the dream to come to Stony Brook.
The same goes for left-handed pitcher Daniel Zamora, a sophomore. He went in the 27th round, but also chose to pursue his studies while looking to enhance his stock as a prospect in the college game.
When the Seawolves take on NYIT at their own Joe Nathan Field on Tuesday at 3 p.m., each of these stories will take the field, looking to pave their paths to success as a team. As individuals, they push to achieve their professional dreams of playing in front of thousands, even though the game Tuesday may only have a handful of fans in the crowd.
Then, there are those like left-handed pitcher Tyler Honahan who are coming into their own while donning their Seawolves attire. The youngster has taken the America East Conference by storm since he came to Long Island, becoming a draft prospect himself to one day join the ranks of the professionals.
So, shooting photographs of this otherwise meaningless baseball game will not be about documenting one player throwing a ball and another one hitting it. Instead, it will show where a bunch of what still are kids are working everyday towards achieving their goals. Whether that is fighting to earn another chance, or clawing for a first shot, the Seawolves are made up of an interesting groups of individuals in interesting situations.
When looking at Caputo in the batter’s box, with only a couple of diehard fans distantly in the background, imagine what could have been. A couple could be a sold-out crowd.
As Zamora and company hurl pitches off the mound with grimaces on their faces, does that only show the strain of throwing that one pitch, or a hard-fought journey to achieve a dream?
For Head Coach Matt Senk, he has seen it all. He was with this team when they were in NCAA’s Division III with no scholarships on a field fitting for a high school squad. Now, he huddles his team up on a recently-completed multi-million dollar project. That is more than the ordinary baseball coach has seen.
Again, this game is more than just watching to see who scored more runs.
ORIGINAL PITCH- CHANGED TO BASEBALL
One would think that the spring sports season would be accompanied by heat and sunshine. Instead, as Stony Brook’s men’s lacrosse team continues their season, they still contend with a chilly, snow-dwarfed Kenneth P. Lavalle Stadium.
Ironically enough, it is of the utmost importance for the Seawolves to warm up, as America East Conference play starts just two weeks following their contest against the Stags.
Although the stands do not fill up quite as quickly for a game of lacrosse compared to a basketball match up in the new Island Federal Credit Union Arena, there are just as many if not more opportunities for a story.
The yellow rubber ball, if not many of them, are bound to fly off of an erroneous shot or pass into the mounds of snow coating the sidelines and most of the seating areas.
What better way to show a reader that a spring sport is being played in the winter than by snapping a shot of a ball lodged in the snow?
In fact, the Seawolves were supposed to take on defending National Champion today, Feb. 22, but the team from North Carolina was not able to flight out because of winter weather.
BREAKING: Tomorrow’s lacrosse game against Duke has been postponed. Now will be played on April 15 at 7 p.m. @Inside_Lacrosse#AEMLax
Furthermore, every aspect of a game can be told through a camera lens. Catching a coach with their hands in the air or on their heads shows more than just a physical action. As they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and someone taking a look at a lacrosse photo story could tell how the coach is feeling about the game by looking at one image.
In a way, a camera could capture the action itself better than words.
Schultz with a nifty toe drag and a goal to put Seawolves ahead 5-4 #AEMLax#beLIeve
Even for avid lacrosse fans, it is hard to envision exactly what this refers to. Was Schultz right by the goalie, or was he merely off balance further away? A picture is able to answer this, and contribute to tell the story of a lacrosse game.
Michael Evans, a lacrosse player for Team USA, although he did not mean it that way, once summed up sports photography best.