Photography is a love affair with life…

Hello Chatters,

          Being able to convey a message using photography as a medium is the beauty of photojournalism. This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing two student photojournalists who has opened my eyes to their profession and passion.

       First up is Kennedi Crosby. She is a self-taught photojournalist that is a photographer with Xavier University’s student-run newspaper, The Herald. Crosby is a graduating senior, biochemistry major who has taken her love for photography and incorporating her passion on certain issues within society.


How do you use photographs to tell a complete and compelling story?

“Photography can be about capturing the whole story or the part of the story you want to bring attention to. With the aid of colors, contrast, and composition one can convey a message in an abstract way. I personally try to encompass the whole scene and as the photos progress zoom into the ‘main character’ into focus with all of its features.”

What inspires you to be a photojournalist?

“I believe the biggest reason I was inspired to be a photojournalist is because I personally learn better from visual aid. Pictures genuinely do speak a thousand words. It brings attention to an organization or structure in a way that most do not find intimidating. Through an image you can convey beauty, rage, pain, jealousy, and cracks in a ‘perfect’ society.”

Is photojournalism a dying or growing art form of storytelling?

“I think as more and more people use technology to capture all the moments of their lives that photojournalism can grow even more into abstract forms of storytelling.”

How has multimedia platforms hindered or enhanced their field?

“Multimedia has definitely helped to bring attention to underlying issues in minority communities, but at the same time it can be manipulated to undermine those same communities. Through memes or Photoshop, a photo that originally conveyed strength in the moment of adversity can be modified to taunt those individuals.”

Now that your have got some information on Crosby, below is some of her work.

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           Next is another student photojournalist by the name of Gia Jennings, a graduating senior in business management. Jennings was able develop her skills over time by taking photos of her friends. Which in return improved her artistry.


How do you use photographs to tell a complete and compelling story?

“Photography is probably the most interesting way to capture a story. Pictures have the ability to depict emotion, moods, and messages which all give life to a story. I love to capture candid moments where the viewer understands the emotion or message in the picture.”

What inspires you to be a photojournalist?

“Spreading truth and positivity is what inspired me to be a photojournalist. In news today, many journalists write columns that lack truth and substance. With pictures, everything is very raw and allows for little error.”

Is photojournalism a dying or growing art form of storytelling?

“I believe social media revived photojournalism. It has given life to storytelling through photos because many use social media to get quick news and photos do exactly that.”

How has multimedia platforms hindered or enhanced their field?

“As I stated before, social media positively affected photojournalism but it too has a dark side. Apps like Instagram have prompted people to stage photos and fake a story, which is not why photos are taken. Genuine photos are meant to capture real moments and create memories, which is why I love photography so much but social media makes that tough.”

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“A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words”

-Ansel Adams


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