Last week I got presented with photo pitch to photograph a woman who’s currently unemployed. In most cases I would just cover the assignment and pick out the best shot, but because I would be shadowing this person for an extended period of time I felt it would be a great opportunity for me to get some practice in on audio slide shows. I had more than a week to complete the assignment and figured that would give me some much needed time to shoot the assignment and put together the slide show.
Today I met Rita Haralson-Alford, who is unemployed, at the Salvation Army on 1108 W. Ash Street today, where she currently volunteers. I followed her every move as she gathered and handed out groceries for the needy. After she got off, I then got photos of her off time while in her apartment, where I also interviewed her.
I mainly stuck with my 10-22 through out the day. She was working in a pantry area with multiple steel shelves leaving not much walking around room, so using my 50 f/1.4 didn’t work out so well with space. The only other issue was working with the annoying florescent lighting that creates those ugly two toned images of green/blue. While at the Salvation Army I wondered how others inside would take having a photographer in there. I only had one person ask not to have their photo taken, which I explained I was just getting photos of Rita. There was also a little youngster, no older than 3, who was running around that lightened the mood of the waiting room. Little kids always seem to make awkard situations less uncomfertable.
While at Rita’s apartment I asked her some questions that I plan to use her responses for the audio with the slide show, along with other captured while at the Salvation Army. I was hoping to get shorter answers from her but I decided to let her respond in a lengthy manner because of the detail and emotion I could see she put into her responses. I might have to do some more editing in the audio than I may have wanted, but I think it will be worth it. I hope start working on the slide show tomorrow and have it done by next Monday.
UPDATE 10/27/09: Here is the link to the finished audio slide show: