Sunday, March 22, 2015

I have decided...blog post #10

I have noticed that so many people are lost in the idea that Detroit, Michigan is the most awful place. In that idea, the people who are thriving in Detroit are neglected to be seen or heard. They become lost amongst the only things some can see, a gritty, hopeless place. So, what I am going to do is show everyone that Detroit is not the place that gritty, hopeless place.

I am going to incorporate my two favorite things into this project to help change the initial thought of Detroit. My two favorite things being writing and photography. I am going to take a more photojournalistic angle. I am going to attempt to tell a story in every picture that I take. What I imagine currently is a more candid picture, people hard at work.

My mentor for this project is my dad, he is very motivated about this idea so I think that will help me stay on task and motivated. We are going to set up dates to go into Detroit and explore. What I plan to do is get in contact with places that make people see Detroit less like a hopeless city.

One day my art teacher had put up a picture of Detroit and we talked about it. She explained the person who took it as a motivated entrepreneur. And then went on to say that Detroit is one of the best places for entrepreneurs to go. So, my point is that that is what I want people to see. I want them to see a thriving Detroit.

I have couple ideas for where I am going to go, I just need to get in contact with them. There is the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in which I'd like to try to do something with that. I also know of a little coffee house down in Detroit called the Motor City Java House. They are a very good example of how a small company can thrive downtown. The coffee house also invests time in teaching people little tips and tricks about the process of putting themselves in the game. Another place is Bell Isle. The city has been working so hard to fix the island up that I think there'd be some great picture opportunities.

I have a break coming up soon so I will be able to get lots done then. If anyone has ideas of how to change the view of Detroit to a more positive one, comments would be much appreciated!

Till next time,

Emma Russell

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Blog Post Number Nine

So, my project wasn't going too bad. But I have recently been feeling dissatisfied with everything that I'm doing. I readjusted my view plenty of times but there was very little passion with every turn. I can give all the excuses in the world and they can be ruled out within seconds, but that's a waste of time. So, I'm moving on and I'm going to chose a new project idea. With this one I plan to work even harder. I'm giving myself a deadline. By Friday I need to have a new idea and be working on it on Friday. I feel bad for dropping this one, like I'm giving up. But I see no point in pursuing something that I feel little love for. Some ideas that I'm considering:


  • One idea that Mr. P had expanded for me was that I do research on the stereotype that all girls take mainly English classes while boys take mostly Science and Math classes. I already have information on it because I've been working on a story about this idea for Tower (our school newspaper). I've found that at my school girls hold the higher number in all of the honors English classes and Honors Science classes except for Honors Physics. So, I've already invested time in this idea and I'm at a point where I want to more and more every time I come across a piece of information. I want to know things like why this occurs or if it's true in other places.
  • Another idea that I had was to make some kind of stop motion movie. Maybe I make one every Friday and then edit it and post it on here. My photo teacher has been always trying to get us to make stop motion movies and I think that she'd be able to give me a lot of ideas for it, as well.
  • I could raise money for the disease Cystic Fibrosis. Two of my cousins have CF and one had a double lung transplant because of it. There's organizations that my Grandma and my cousins would know about so, I 'd be able to talk to them. I don't know how I'd raise money just yet but I know that my Grandma would have good ideas. I'll have to talk to my Grandma and my cousins to see what they think about the idea and if they have any suggestions or ideas of things that I could do.
Well, I'm going to ponder on those ideas for now and see if I can come up with any others.

Till next time,
Emma Russell