Captions before Photos

About a month ago, I was assigned a project in my photojournalism course that consisted of capturing photos from a list captions laid out beforehand. My initial reaction after seeing the list was something along the lines of, “oh great! how the hell am I going to get this done?”

Shocking, right? It is not that the captions were challenging to snap a picture of; it was the fact that they were specific events, people, and places that required me to be at a certain location at a certain time. I was mostly annoyed that I didn’t have enough free time because I had four other classes to shuffle, two jobs, and my own personal things.

After complaining to my professor and stressing more than I needed to, I decided to face this project head on in my own creative way. This assignment was meant to be an exercise in basic photojournalistic skills and I knew I had to complete it to the best of my abilities and because I needed the good grade.

 Below is my final product. The photos are taken either on my iPhone 6 or a Cannon DLSR Camera.  Below each photo is the actual caption I was assigned. Under that, for the fun of it, I decided to expand a bit on each photo my creative attempt behind capturing it.


“Used car prices are on the decline.”

No better place to take a picture of used cars then the Harper College parking lot.  I myself drive a lovely used jeep, and from the look of the cars in this lot I am not the only one blessed with a used vehicle.

“Harper College Student Exhibition Opening”

This student art exhibit, located in Building C at Harper College is filled with so many great pieces displayed so nicely. I decided to snap a picture that shows some depth with corners of the walls. I don’t know about you,  but I think this picture looks pretty cool.

“Harper Hawk Softball Team prepares for their next game.”

Honestly I could never get a chance to snap a picture of the players practicing due to my own work schedule, but that didn’t stop me from snapping a relevant photo.

“As the weather changes many are taking advantage of local parks.”

This is Lake Arlington Park, a common place for people to gather, workout, and relax when the weather is nice. Every photo with lots of people in it, I didn’t like. But, if you look closely there is a old man walking in the background.

“Commuters rushing to catch their morning train”

Well I waited around for commuters rushing to catch their train, but people really know how to plan ahead and stick their schedule. This lead to a photo of commuters just sitting around waiting for their train.

“The new craze in exercise is circus yoga.”

I don’t really know where you can participate in circus yoga in the Chicagoland Area, but aerial yoga is an super fun exercise craze that uses silks suspended from the ceiling.

“Harper students prepare for final exams.”

This one is pretty self explanatory, it is a photo I snapped of a student actually getting their work done at school.

“Local Barista makes latte art.”

I stopped by this small, family owned, cafe in the Lincoln Park area. The old lady who was running the counter struggled to even make me the latte. She burned the first one.

“Dean of Liberal Arts, Dr. Jennifer Berne.”

Dr. Berne, what a trooper for letting so many students disrupt her to snap a photo. She was really funny before I snapped this picture of her reading with her bowl of candy.

“Niki Safakas has been elected as the new student trustee at Harper College.”

Though I never got a chance to meet Niki Safakas, her photo will be added to this wall for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Documenting my projects like this one is part of my photojournalism course requirements. As always, I appreciate feedback on my photographing and writing skills.