Live from Camp: Photography & "family"

Editor’s note: Each day, one of our 11 student writers at June Intermediate Camp will reflect on life learning the journalism ropes at the University of St. Thomas. Come back each day to revel in the fun (and hard work) of being a ThreeSixty residential camper. Also, check out our student bios, complete with awesome headshots by Aidan Haarman.

Day 2: Time to get more business done before getting started with our actual articles. Our day started off with us actually sleeping in after deciding that morning walks seem like a better every other day thing. At breakfast, everyone finally realized all the good things to eat and stuffed their faces. It was a good way to wake up and prepare for our lectures that were to come.

Star Tribune photojournalist Jerry Holt talked to us in the morning about his photography career. He helped with photos for articles that would capture all the feelings that need to be portrayed without disrupting or disrespecting people experiencing tragedies. The most important thing I learned from his lecture was the art of how to capture a moment. It was interesting to learn how he talks to people and gets them comfortable with the camera as he slowly approaches them at a good level to take and develop such wonderful photos. You could tell how that could be intimidating, especially when he revealed that our assignment for later was to take pictures of random strangers. I guess I was the only one a bit iffy about this, because everyone left campus very enthusiastically, and my guess is that it went pretty well because everyone was very happy when we met up again.

Unfortunately, our essay reflection class with Katie was cancelled for today, but this did give us the opportunity to finish our photo assignment and spend time together. Most of us spent it by the fountain, which was really relaxing. It was the perfect spot to blog and watch as they all started playing volleyball, including Tom and Briana — who, I must admit, are pretty good.

Dinner is now a “family” thing, with our growing custom to sit at a long table and share all of our highs and lows of the day. It’s really a good way to bond with the group and reflect on the day. Today’s evening plans consist of movies and taking pictures.

I know we’ve only been here for two days, but it feels like it’s been at least one week. I’m really glad we still have so long left here at camp.

Kimberly Martinez, Intermediate Journalism Camp ’13