Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Photo Essay

Photo Essay 


 Closing Comments
I followed my original design plan that I was going to use for this essay. I added somethings about how I wanted my readers to feel after viewing my photo essay, and I hope that I accomplished this.

Reference List
Flounder, Charlotte, NC. Personal photography by author 2012.
JDM, Charlotte, NC. Personal photograph by author 2013.
Megan and Caroline, Charlotte, NC. Personal photograph by the author 2013.
 White Christmas, Grand Rapids, MI. Personal photograph by author. 2012.
Caroline Farley was born in April 2000 into a family that was full of dancers and singers. She took dance and singing lessons all throughout her childhood, and was very talented. In 2011 she was at a camp in Florida when someone contacted her and her mother about auditioning for Broadway. They flew to New York and after many different auditions, she got a part in the musical “White Christmas.” They toured all over the United States and it was an awesome opportunity for such a young girl. After the tour, she went back to school in North Carolina and was in many plays at her junior high, including “The Little Mermaid.”

In January 2013 Caroline noticed a rash on her hands, but everyone thought that it was just the dry winter air. It turns out the Caroline has an auto immune disease called Juvenile Dermatomyositis. It can cause a skin rash and muscle weakness. Caroline was in the hospital for a few weeks and then was put on medication. Unfortunately, she is still weak and dancing is tiring, she can still sing. A lesson that can be learned from Caroline is that we cannot let bad things in life bring us down. We need to get right back up and continue doing what we love. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

My Experience with the Photo Essay

I have never written a photo essay nor have I ever even heard of one. At first I thought it was going to be easy because I thought it was just pictures. For my research paper I decided to talk about JDM, which is an illness that my cousin has. After we looked at examples of photo essays, I realized that in order to make my photos work I would have to use them differently than I thought. At first, I thought I was just going to be able to put all the pictures of the symptoms of JDM on a power point and be done, but this wasn't the case. I had to use my photos to tell a story.

This is when I decided to tell the story about how Caroline went from being a normal girl, to then doing an off Broadway production, to then having an illness that effected her dancing abilities. Currently, Caroline is on medication and she is doing better, but not perfect. She still continues to sing often but dancing is tiring. From Caroline's story we can all learn that even though we might have battles to overcome in our lives, that we cannot let them hold us back.

I think that this photo essay was something different to do other than just writing a paper. Unfortunately, many of my classmates did not really understand the topic and what was required for the assignment.

The essay engages with the rhetorical strategy pathos because since it is an illness, we feel sympathy for the people that have the illness. Logos is used because I know a lot about the topic because my cousin has the illness and it is related to my illness-Ulcerative Colitis.

Yes I think that the narrative text provides enough information for one to understand the argument of the photo essay. It also helps that there are descriptions of all the photos and gives background information that needs to be known to understand the picture.