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Photos taken from October 28-31 in Tacloban and Palo in Leyte, Philippines.
On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) made landfall in the Philippines, making it the deadliest storm in the history of the country. From October 28-31, 2014, nearly one year after the typhoon, I visited Tacloban, Leyte, one of the hardest hit areas of the disaster, and photographed landscapes, individuals, artifacts, and graffiti.
Part of this was for my upcoming CCT thesis, which is to have a workshop about the typhoon so that Filipino Americans can explore the disaster and understand the space in a way that stimulates collaboration and dialogue. The goal was twofold: to collect photographs as a type of artwork for workshop participants to react to, and to document my own experience as a type of visual fieldnotes.
The experience was amazing. I am new to photography, and having a camera (that was more than a phone or simple digital device!) changed the way I was conducting my fieldwork. I became more observant, I became more aware of my surroundings, and I began to focus on the landscapes as objects of composition and thought critically about how I could frame them and package them to bring them back "home." As a bonus, a Lynda.com tutorial in Travel Photography was extremely helpful before I left on my trip!
Aside from the photography, the trip itself was very emotionally intense. Talking to survivors of the typhoon was heartbreaking and inspiring. Being on-the-ground put all the media reports, policy briefings, charity fundraisers, and social media announcements into context, and at the same time, drowned out those events and messages. It became a way to interact with the disaster in a much more individual and targeted way.
I've wanted to be a YouTuber since my very first YouTube video. It was 2005, I was 10, and my neighbor showed me "Crazy Asian Mother." It shattered my horizons.
Due to my innately introverted nature, I've avoided extensive social interaction most of my life. However, to live is to build relationships that expand my world views, challenge my conception of the universe...and I didn't have that. I felt stagnant, misunderstood, and very much alone. Therefore, I decided--I don't remember how long ago--that I someday must be a YouTuber, and I must be willing to put myself out there for the public to see, and watch, and listen to, and question, and, perhaps, understand. I truly do love people. I love stories, I love the connection that arises between people who spark a momentary intuition between their psyches. I want it, as well, and I am creating situations where I am forced to interact in order to get the footage I want, in order to ask the questions I want, in order to get the experiences I, perhaps just on a whim, want.
Results? Frequent all-nighters, deeper friendships, heartier laughs, and less self-conscious. Loving life.
In addition to my YouTube channel, my Wordpress blog is a very important part of ADILAI: https://adilyfeofanintrovert.wordpress.com/
The Podcast is a live radio broadcast of the verdict at Galileo's Trial. The digital story gives a summary about Galileo.
Students in French 442 (Parisian World’s Fairs: 1855-1900), in collaboration with Gelardin New Media Library and with support from the Department of French, worked in groups with iPads from Gelardin to download L’Illustration’s app and to read issues from 1900, the year of Paris’s last nineteenth-century Universal Exposition. Incorporating text and image from the journal, students created videos using iMovie treating different aspects of the representation of the 1900 Exposition in L’Illustration.
On any given day in the District, strangers come together on a metro train with nothing between them but space. While most riders do their best not to make eye contact, a portion of the Red Line offers plenty to observe out the window. Known for its high incidence and history of graffiti, the Red Line metro route has attracted countless writers over the years looking to get up and get their name out. But, what draws them there and what do commuters think of their anonymous works of art?
Using interviews with graffiti writers and red line riders, See Something, Say Something explores the indirect dialogue that graffiti creates. Equal parts craft and confusion, art form and illegal act, red line graffiti embodies all the contradictions of the capital city. As a vital sign of the District's changing pulse, the red line metro is as much a way to understanding D.C. as a way through it.
Place is not mere geography. It is a cerebral and emotional blend of associations, an awareness that is part physical, part science, and part history, culture and social memory. Place is a way of understanding the world and more. Can the internet host a "place?" If so, how and why?
My project was a 9-minute short film assigned for Buddhism and Film class, Spring 2011. The film alternates footage of two student actors with an animated parable and split-screen footage of a dream sequence. The parable was colored and animated using Final Cut Pro. The footage was shot using the Sanyo camera, and the project utilized almost all of the Final Cut Studio editing software - Final Cut Pro, Motion, Color, and Soundtrack Pro.
The project was to take a novel, film, and music from a particular country and create a narrative that gives voice to the culture in that area. For this project, I used 2 films, 1 novel, and 1 song from artists in El Salvador. I aim to show how those without agency can gain it.