As a full-time reporting intern for the Tampa Bay Times, I was constantly out and about talking to sources for profiles or wadding through flood waters from Tropical Storm Debby. I loved the constant interaction and meeting new people for every story.
At the same
time I had photographer envy. It seems like they just got to hang in the
background of ever story scene I wrote and just visually document. They
talked to sources and gathered some info, but they seemed come and go
as they pleased.
For this reason I was excited to start my
multimedia project on the Necropolis haunted house. For my three photo
assignment I was relieved to not be going through the whole in-depth
interviewing multiple people aspect along with having to write it all in
a few hours for the next day.
But I failed to anticipate just how
awkward being a photographer, a seemingly silent figure in the
background, could be. As a writer I'm use to moving between observing
and asking bold questions. I learned very quickly that people are wary
of photographers and at times where there is not much movement or noise
(like work meetings like the one at today's Necropolis shoot) it can be
awkward to be moving around going shutter-happy.
I hope to either
acclimate to this better or improve my social skills as a photographer
and who better to do this with than the ragtag cast of haunted house