Category Archives: photo essay

June 10, 2015 – What’s Happening?

Learning Targets:

I can understand and use layer masks in Photoshop.

The photographic art and eye of Michael Bilotta

Tasks:

  • I can turn in my Photo Essay.
  • I can turn in my Album Art.
  • I can turn in my Portfolio.
  • I can continue working on my Dream Image.
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May 22, 2015 – What’s Happening?

Learning Targets:

  • I know the requirements and how to turn in my Personal Essay/Story with Four photos.
  • I can complete my Personal Essay/Story with Four photos (due today).

charles-mingus-on-creativity

Tutorial Lesson:

If you are all done with your Essay/Story with Four Photos work on Build a Burger tutorial. This lesson is designed how to use layers in Photoshop. You will find a Photoshop file in your shared incoming folder. Instructions on what you need to do will be posted with the overhead.

burger lesson

Have a great weekend!

May 21, 2015 – What’s Happening?

Learning Targets:

  • I know the requirements for Personal Essay with Four Photos.
  • I can make four photographs for my Personal Essay/Story.
  • I can edit four photographs for my Persojnal Essay/Story.

Coping with Cancer

Documenting Krista Colvin and her family for a story about her fight against breast cancer was a complicated and emotional story. I knew it would take time for me to be accepted by the family and allowed access to very personal and private moments. In order to reach the highest level of trust I spent a lot of time just hanging out with the family without making pictures. Krista understood the importance of sharing her story and because of her courage and support helped thousands of other by bringing awareness to breast cancer. Krista lives cancer free with her family in Camas

May 19, 2015 – What’s Happening?

Learning Targets:

  • I can finish my 500 word essay/story.
  • I can begin/continue working on photos for my essay/story.
  • I know how to turn in my essay/story using Google.

Please don’t hesitate to ask me for help.

Caroline Fernandes De Almeida competes in the javelin at the Clark County District track and field meet. (Photo by Troy Wayrynen)

Caroline Fernandes De Almeida competes in the javelin at the Clark County District track and field meet. (Photo by Troy Wayrynen)

May 15, 2015 – What’s Happening?

Learning Targets:

  • I know the requirements for Personal Essay with Four Photos.
  • I can present in a concise sentence or two what my story is about.
  • I can start writing my Personal Essay. – Due Tuesday – 5/19

Baby Love

Photo and story excerpt by Troy Wayrynen

Family Prayer: Arlene Wiley, 74, of Vancouver, holds Geoffrey Varney Jr. in a warm embrace as parents Tracy and Geoff Varney join members of New Heights Church in a prayer for the baby during a Bible study meeting. (Photo by Troy Wayrynen)

Family Prayer: Arlene Wiley, 74, of Vancouver, holds Geoffrey Varney Jr. in a warm embrace as parents Tracy and Geoff Varney join members of New Heights Church in a prayer for the baby during a Bible study meeting. (Photo by Troy Wayrynen)

The rhythmic sound of a beating heart breaks the silence in the birthing room at Southwest Washington Medical Center. Inside, Geoff and Tracy Varney of Salmon Creek hold each other in preparation for their roles as first-time parents. “We’re just anxious and nervous right now,” she says. “We mostly just want to meet the baby,” he says.

After 17 hours of labour, Tracy’s doctor decides it would be best if the baby is taken by Caesarean section. They agree, and Geoffrey Sayre Varney Jr. is born at 5:17 p.m. Oct. 22. He weighs 7 pounds 8.2 ounces. “It was amazing when they pulled him out,” Tracy tells her mother from the birthing-room telephone. “I couldn’t believe it was really him.” A Caesarean wasn’t what the couple expected. They were planning an entirely different experience. “I envisioned him coming up and being put of my chest,” Tracy recalls. “That was like the sacred spiritual moment that I had envisioned over and over.”

May 14, 2015 – What’s Happening?

Learning targets:

  • I can select a story idea.
  • I can begin working on my 500 word essay/story.
  • I can start formulating image ideas for my essay/story.

Going to the Dome

Photos and story by Troy Wayrynen

Going to the Dome

It is hot and humid inside the Evergreen High School wrestling room, like an old Finnish sauna. Some would describe the breathable air as thick and stinky but inhabitants hardly notice it.

A banner above the doorway read “E.H.S. Wrestling, Training to be State Champs.” The room is their avenue to get there.

On the mat, Michael Fisher laces up his wrestling shoes, fastens his headgear and goes to work. Practicing takedown after takedown brings sweat to his face, mixing with blood from his cut lip. Fisher pushes on, though, realizing his day as state champion will soon be here. A chant comes to Fisher’s mind. Something he learned long ago from club coach Roy Pittman: “I am the best. I will be better because I am better, because I am the best all day, all night, all week, all month, all year…always! I am the best.”

Eighth last year, Fisher enters the Class AAA state championships this weekend at the Tacoma Dome as one of the favorites at 158 pounds, a culmination of month of hard work and too many weeks of being one of the hopefuls.

“It never really hit me until my sophomore year,” Fisher said. “Somebody came up to me and said, ‘You’ll never be varsity.’” By the end of the year, upon placing at the Clark County tournament, a varsity member predicted Fisher would win the state championship his senior year. “It just caught me off guard and ti was like, ‘Wow, you know, I can do that.’”

Fisher’s story is not unlike any other uncrowned champion’s, the athlete with pride and determination in his heart but nothing around his neck or hanging on his wall to honor him. Most athletes claim to work hard – champions earn the right to say it.

Fisher’s quest begins at 6 a.m. every day. With his eyes barely open, he rolls out of bed, drops to the floor and counts off 25 push-ups. He runs as many as 10 miles per day, never afraid to extend himself, knowing his championship match could go into overtime, too. Between Evergreen practices and extra sessions under coach Pittman at Peninsula Park in Portland, Fisher can stay six hours on the mat.

To be a wrestler, it takes such mental toughness. Wrestling is 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical, he remembers. Teammate Ben Vombaur knows it. He has accomplished what Fisher wants to accomplish, having wont the state championship last year at 101 pounds. “If you go out there doubting yourself at,” he said, “you’re going to be timid. When I go out there I just know I’m going to pummel the guy because I’ve worked harder, I know it. I’m afraid of losing on a fluke.”

With a 34-1 record this season, championships from the Clark County Wrestling Tournament, district, regional tournaments and victories over rival Richard Day of Columbia River already behind him, Fisher sets out to finish the job this weekend. If he loses, coach Ralph Bever says, “it won’t be because he doesn’t deserve it. It will be because someone is better and he can handle it.”

Each day, Fisher pushes his body to the limits, barely able to get off the mat from the intensity of his workouts. They will pay off, he thinks, when they raise his hand in the middle of the mat. “It was a wish at first, then a dream, now a goal,” he said. “Now it’s more of a reality.”