Richmond Book Store

A place that I had never really explored, but always meant to was the Richmond Book Store. The store is hard to miss; sitting right off of West Broad Street, a small blue building, with large windows showing a vast array of teetering books through tall windows. It always looks like a scene out of a movie. For this reason, I decided to venture into the store, armed with a dirty camera lens, and a desperate need for blog post content.

Once inside the store, you get the impression that the store is more of something that came to being after someone spent too long hording books and other random objects. However, I think it adds to the overall aesthetic of the store. The eccentric music playing out of old speakers, combined with the fact that there is not a single new object in the building, makes for a small leap backwards in time. There is no place to sit and enjoy the journey; you have to stand, reading the books as others shove past you in the cramped rows of bookshelves. Overall, none of this really bothered me, due to me being a closet book-worm. I mostly just enjoyed reading the books.

My one complaint about the store would be the pricing. For used books, the prices are way too high. The other objects in the store are also priced above their value, making it far less compelling to buy a book. Most college students don’t have the money to buy overpriced books, even if it supports local business. Just for that, I think I’ll stick to my usual used book store back home. Either way, it’s a good place to check out, if not just to take a look at some books.

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Internet Identity

To me, digital identity is the way you present yourself to the online community as a whole, whether it be for business, or personal use. The assumption can be made that the way you are depicted online, is who you are in person. Digital identity should be constructed in a way that people view you as a positive figure in the online community, as well as in other social communities.

I plan on constructing my digital identity in a way that most people won’t be able to see what I do online, through privacy filters and other methods. I obviously will be visible to most Google searches, however, when I google my name, the first results are a private FaceBook page, a MileSplit account, and my current RamPage that I post to. I hope to keep it this way, and add an online portfolio to my name soon.

I try to keep all posts professional, which is an incredibly vague term for the internet. Obviously, political affiliations, whether implied, or explicitly stated, may harm my chances at getting a job, as well as any religious views posted to social media websites. However, I’m a private person, so most of these I don’t have to worry about. My bigger problem is finding a way to curb my enthusiasm for colorful language when bantering with friends on social media websites, like Twitter. I however, try to not use my full name in the case that if anything where to happen, I’d be covered by some sort of anonymity. This can’t be the case when working on my portfolio, or other more professional internet outposts.

My online portfolio will be specific to my current interests and goals. It will cover various topics, such as a link to my blog, an art portfolio that includes up-to-date pieces, as well as a job resume. This way, I can cover my past achievements, as well as display my talents. It will make it easier to sell my image to a potential employer, as well as consolidate the amount of research said employer may have to do when looking into my past. I want to confine an interested person to as much filtered material as possible. Simply owing to the fact that I don’t want anyone to find something they could ever use against me. This hasn’t happened yet, nor have I put out any of such content, but I would rather take preventive measures in stopping the opportunity before it happens.

Overall, my online presence is incredibly small at this point, but I’m more than willing to expand. I want to make myself visible to those wishing to find me, and allow them only to see what I want them to see. This way I can keep my private life and business matters separate, as well as keep more of my life private. Because, as much as I am for free use of the internet, I value my privacy. It’s what separates me from the online world.


Photography and how my interests led to a major

Photography is a hobby I have had for a while, stemming from when I was younger and would carry a disposable camera around to take pictures of anything that piqued my interest. Since then, my interest has grown, leading me to want to major in photojournalism. My interest in the hobby has been undulating, but supportive teachers throughout high school solidified my interest and confidence.

I took my first photography class in my junior year of high school. The course covered a combination of 10mm film photography, as well as digital photography and Adobe Photoshop, leaving me open to explore different methods of capturing a multitude of subjects, scenes, and emotions. I believe that these freedoms allowed me to begin to open up as an artist, and develop my own voice in my artwork.

My senior year of high school, I took the second part of the photography course that I had started my junior year. This course offered even more artistic freedom than my previous course, and allowed me to explore most artistic outfits that I could think of. I began taking long exposure pictures of random objects, painting developer onto random pictures that I had taken on a 10mm film camera, and using a toy camera to produce actual pictures. These weird methods of production helped me see my subjects in a different light, and made me focus more on composition and technicalities that I had blown off as useless the year before. This led me to really enjoy taking pictures, exploring new places for subject matter, and filming my way to these new places as well.

The problem I have continuously run into during my progression through the photography world, is the fact that I can become incredibly lazy with some of the more mundane tasks of the hobby. When I had little interest in class, I had a tendency to overlook simple photo-lab procedures, leading to disastrous outcomes and the loss of too many expensive rolls of film, and time. If it weren’t for my ever patient teacher, I would have never gotten back on track. With a lot of guidance, low grades, and frustration, I finally began to take genuine interest in the art I was creating.

Once I had taken interest in my work, I began to really have fun with my photography. Simple trips into the backyard led to great results with infrared photography, and I began to delve into long exposure.

The moon is now one of my favorite subjects, as well as water. I like to try and capture moving objects in weird ways, sometimes giving the motion that they might not be moving after all. It’s much more difficult when your subject is moving, as you may not have as many chances to get the “perfect” picture. It’s a lot of adjustments while on the fly, changing camera settings, focus, and other environmental factors. I don’t always get the photograph that I want, but to me, it just makes the outcome all that more rewarding when I get what I want.Ethan-Concentration8APBOARD