Writing for an audience is a welcome change from the analytical essays of academia. Over the past month I definitely feel like I’ve strengthened my practice of environmental journalism. I’ve become much more comfortable conducting interviews, synthesizing vast amounts of information, and describing animals in an engaging manner.
Early last week I finished ten drafts about the Adopt-an-Animal program animals and transitioned to Phase II of my project— taking their photographs. Photography was my primary creative outlet at Milton, but in my eagerness to explore practically every academic subject possible at Stanford I often forget how magical just a few hours behind the lens can be for me.
However, I’m disappointed that after four weeks of 80° weather, we’re suddenly receiving extreme downpours! But I’ve been capturing preliminary pictures in the less-than-stellar light so I can better take advantage of good conditions when they arise. That way when the weather turns around, I should have a strong sense of the subjects and compositions I’m looking for.
The unfortunate rain forecast has also given me a head start on Phase III— creating the brochures. Right now I’m determining their design by making mock-ups with the few photographs I have. I’m working on selecting the color scheme and number of panels, making arrangements with the printer, and re-learning the ins and outs of InDesign… like picas, color swatches, and jumping text!
I thought I’d be outside this week developing a farmer’s tan rather than shivering in spandex leggings, ear warmers, rain pants, rubber boots, and double layers of Patagonia fleeces, but hopefully the stormy weather will soon pass.