Last week was Spring Break, and I spent part of mine helping out with a photojournalism workshop and conference at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., along with several other VisCom students. The workshop/conference, called “The Story Next Door,” involved going out into the community for an entire day and documenting local stories, using photography, audio, and video. Allegheny and Ohio University students then edited and presented the work in a community slideshow on Saturday night. Several Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers – Preston Gannaway, Michael S. Williamson, and Richard Murphy – also attended the weekend activities and presented some of their work.
We were asked to research potential story ideas before leaving for Pennsylvania. With my interest in religion and faith, I found two different stories that I ended up pursuing: Life at an Anabaptist (Mennonite) school on the edges of town, and a Lenten Fish Fry dinner at a local Catholic church.
I especially enjoyed photographing at the school, called Faith Builders, where I was warmly welcomed and got to view a lot of different facets of daily student life. One day of shooting really does not do the school or the story justice, and I would really like to go back and continue my work there.
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