It’s been a wild ride and I can’t believe that we’re almost done! We were tasked with doing some shooting on our phones. Since so many reporters are able tasked with going off and pounding the pavement to find stories, but they don’t always have a camera with them.
Learning to work with our phones to get a photo that is comparable quality to a camera, was a fun experience. I went to the March for Our Lives rally in Detroit on March 24, 2018. The rally was held over behind the Renaissance Center, on the Riverfront.
The march was on gun reform and gun control in the wake of the shooting at Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida. Introducing each speaker was a high schooler from the metro area to help underline the need for young people to be involved and go vote come the November midterm elections.
While photographing the march was fun and an incredible experience, ripe for feature photos, it was important to hear what people had to say. It wasn’t solely on young deaths but also the tragic deaths of many people from gun violence around the city and in the metro area.
This was a difficult assignment due to the sensitive nature of the topic, hearing people’s stories of grief and loss was tough. But seeing people banding together to try and achieve something was uplifting.
Although my height, or lack thereof, was an issue for getting some of the crowd shots it was fun to photograph. Plus I got to go explore Hart Plaza and the Riverwalk a bit as well, which has some unique murals in some of the tunnel areas.