30-Day Project Self-Critique

And just like that, it is all over. Four years of the most memorable experiences in photojournalism are finished, and I couldn’t have asked for a better time here at Mizzou. To finish up the year and Picture Story, I worked on an essay about products made in Missouri. Initially, I wanted to do an essay on how far our food travels. I realized that I would be very limited in the places I could visit in this time frame (for much of the food we consume comes from different states and countries), so I modified my ideas. Instead, I took the opposite approach to focus on what is made in Missouri and what doesn’t have to travel hundreds of miles to be on our plates or in our home. To do that, I contacted various farmers and artisans throughout the entire state to get a good variety of situations. I photographed a Green Hills Harvest dairy farm in Purdin, Mo., Bee Naturals soapmaking company in Clarksville, Mo., and Jeff Ferguson, a woodturner in Columbia, Mo. I had hopes to photograph more farmers and more situations (including a beekpeer in Columbia), but due to time and other constraints, they did not all happen. Because this is such an open ended project, I will continue to do this as I travel throughout the state and even the country. Eventually, I think I will be able to put together the initial essay I was hoping for. For this project though, I believe I was successful in what I was able to photograph. I found interesting people and situations and showed the process of the product, from origin to completion. I had a really great time traveling to each place, learning the craft or trade, and am happy with what I was able to accomplish. The one thing I think I would change as it evolves is the format of the magazine layout I chose. I am not very well-versed in design and could use some help utilizing the page and placement of images and text. Overall, though, I am very pleased with the final product of ‘Made in Missouri.’

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