Photographic Essay

Idyllic Food

         Going to college is a big step in the life of a teenager. Having to make new friends, roommates, professors, starting classes, finding a job and all those rapid changes that freshmen have. However, the biggest adaptation students are demanded is the food. Most people in their first year at the University of Missouri have most of their meals at the dining halls where the variety of food is not great. The hunt for the best restaurants in Columbia starts after your first months at school, where you can get that nostalgic, idyllic, traditional and tasteful meals. Searching for something that gives you pleasures that you had before is what everyone wants. The diversity of restaurants and fast foods in Columbia are able to give those idyllic meals.


  1. 1- Adam Cole loves CJ’s barbecue sauce wings. Cole has tried chicken from many places in Columbia, however he has never had wings with the same amount of sauce and crunchiness as these have, a perfect seasoning he says.
  2. 2- Snacks from Lee’s Market give nostalgia to Ana Hosomi. When she was younger, Hosomi and her family would drive from her hometown, Limeira in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, to the state capital with the same name. They would go to a traditional neighborhood called Liberdade, where the biggest Japanese community in Brazil resides, and buy these kinds of Japanese sweets to take home.
  3. 3- Every time Adam Jackson eats penang curry from Chim’s Thai Kitchen he gets full before finishing. “Sometimes I feel homesick. This is probably the closest I can get to Indonesian rendang (curry) without bothering my family to ship me ingredients,” Jackson said. “I’d feel confidant putting mine up against any other.”
  4. 4-Karen Kunzel says that Sunshine Sushi makes her remember going out for Japanese food with her family. The place at the University of Missouri student center has her favorite salmon and avocado sushi, which for her is quick to pick up before going to work.
  5. 5- The first pizza place Mariana Labbate went with her first college friends was Shakespeare’s. Labbate, a stranger to the city and the University of Missouri, was advised to go the restaurant while attending an event of the International Welcome week. Nowadays, every time she goes to Shakespeare’s she remembers her first week in Missouri.

My project on idyllic food in Columbia became more of a personal essay. I decided to use University of Missouri students so I can show my hunt for the idyllic meals in Columbia, Missouri. Food has always been part of my life, since I was a kid cooking or going out to eat is an especial occasion. On the technical side I think I did really well, my focus was to get high key lighting in the studio so that the food and the faces could shine. On the postproduction, I really wanted contrast and saturation in photos, which I did go a little high with these two. I chose to crop the photos 7x6 because I wanted to the viewer to focus on the actions done by the subjects and the food. One thing I was not happy about with this project is the diversity of subjects, I tried to contact a huge group of people, but the times didn’t match, and I ended hup having more diversity of food. Overall, I was happy with only three of the five pictures chosen, I felt that if I had more time, I could do something better. I love working in the studio and this project helped me a lot with the necessary skills for it. I think I was able to reach the theme of Columbia Idyllic foods with the technical side, however I didn’t have a good variety of subjects.


Work In Progress 2, Multimedia Project

Our multimedia project on veterans on BLM project is going really well. The idea is to make a website a mix text, video clips, photos and graphs to talk about their story, how it changed over the years and their advice for the present and future generations.

We already talked to Mary Ratliff and Jeff Stack, which were two great interviews. The first question was just to introduce themselves and they almost answered all of the questions we with that. I had a feeling that the activists, because of their passion for social justice, they would talk about it nonstop, making the first question last for almost 40 minutes.

The information that the two gave us was impressive, and helped a lot with insight for our text portion. Our next person to interview is going to be Rev. Dr. C.W. Dawson, which is going to be a zoom, interview today, and we thought of asking him to record video of himself while doing it, making the quality better.

Overall, I think we are in a good direction, however we haven't had many time to gather photos and make the website.

Work in Progress: Idyllic

For my capstone class I'm doing a photographical essay on the word Idyllic. My project is focused on the part of the definition that says that an idyllic experience is extremely pleasant. The first idea that came to my mind was to do something with food.

My project is a series of portraits of people having meals or snacks that they really like. Since my word is idyllic, I'm using high key light and crazy colors for the background, that said, I decided to use the studio so I can control the light that I use and make it look idyllic.

I consider this a personal project since food is a big part of my life; I love to cook, eat and even watch food shows. Since I was a kid I remember helping my mom in the kitchen and I miss my mom's Paella, that said, food is always somethings I enjoy and I think most people do as well.

I am trying to get the a lot of people to participate, and a diverse group. I've been asking friends and friends of friends to participate, so I can get a good amount of photos to narrow down to a small edit.

I've taken pictures of only 4 people. In the end I'm going to choose only one picture of each person.

Overall, I think I've done really good progress and hope to just get better.

Work In Progress 1, Multimedia Project

JOURN 4980/7980

Group Project

Marco Postigo Storel, Alexandria Wells, Leanne Tippett Mosby

1st WIP

September 30, 2020

Topic: children of the racial justice protests

After our class discussion indicating our original idea of incorporating stills with video would be too much, we have scaled our project down to trying to find three children of varying ages to conduct a video interview.

We have obtained permission from one parent, Kelsey Smythe, to interview her son Cormack, 6, (pictured below) and stepdaughter, Bella, 10. We are still in the process of trying to find a date and meeting place to conduct the interviews.

We have also reached out 1.) by email to The People’s Defense, which is the group that protested nightly over the summer and recently held their 100th protest (which was covered by the Missourian); and, 2.) to one of the founders of the People’s Defense, Roy Lovelady. These contacts have not yet produced a response.

Bassett, who said she does not have her contact information, but would try to obtain it from others. We have also reached out to the WE Project, who also did not have her information.

We will make further attempts this week to make contacts. If these contacts continue to prove unfruitful, we may consider pivoting to a new project. We are considering doing something similar, but instead of younger protesters, seek out older protesters – i.e., long time Columbia, Missouri activists, and ask them their perspectives on if and how these protests have been different than in the past. Examples include Jeff Stack (Fellowship of Reconciliation), Mark Haim (Peaceworks), and Mary Ratliff (President of CoMo NAACP and former state president); and C.W. Dawson, minister/activist.

We are also attempting to contact a 14-year old who spoke at a protest in Jefferson City, and later at the Quad. We have asked one of the organizers of the Jefferson City protest, Kiessance

Escape Valve

Escape Valve

            Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, nursing homes and hospices have been closed for public visiting. This situation was not different for Jerry Bruggeman, a family doctor, who has his work focused on these places. Nowadays, when he is working, he spends his time in the office doing telemedicine via Zoom, having meetings with the senior care administration and going through emails, a huge change for a doctor. Bruggeman always had the passion for biking as well, and since the pandemic has made his work more difficult, riding has become kind of a relief valve from his stressful work. Several days of the week, when he is done with work at the office, he goes for long rides of almost 50 miles, and according to Bruggeman this helps him a lot not only with fitness but mainly mentally. Since he doesn’t like to race, bike packing and touring tuned out to be a passion, and he has plans to ride to Kansas with his friend Brad Beand ride the entire Katy Trail, since his work has become all online and he doesn’t have any problem with taking a call while up on the bike.


  1. Jerry Bruggeman rides his bike at Bur Oak Rd., near the the Katy Trail, on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Huntsdale, Missouri. Bruggeman rides his bike several days a week as a way to de-stress from his work as a doctor.
  2. Jerry Bruggeman works in his office on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Columbia, Missouri. Bruggeman works as a family doctor, going to nursing homes and hospices. However, since the pandemic started, he hasn’t been to go to these places, and has done telemedicine appointments through zoom.
  3. Jerry Bruggeman rides his bike at Bur Oak Rd., on the way to McBaine, on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Huntsdale, Missouri. Bruggeman usually does long rides of almost 50 miles, which helps maintain his love for bike packing and touring.
  4. Jerry Bruggeman puts on his mask to leave his office on Friday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Columbia, Missouri. Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, Bruggeman’s work hours have varied a lot considering that his work is specialized in senior services. He usually goes to his office only for telemedicine appointments or meetings, otherwise he is biking or with his family.
  5. Jerry Bruggeman pauses his ride to talk to his friend Brad Beaird at the MKT Trail, near the Jay Dix Station, on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Columbia, Missouri. Beaird has a YouTube channel that talks about bikes and bike packing. Many times, Bruggeman has been recognized by subscribers while riding because he is always on the channel, but mainly because of the squeaky chicken called Javier that he carries on the bike.
  6. Jerry Bruggeman bikes at MKT Trail, on the bridge over the Perche Creek, on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Columbia, Missouri. Because of his flexible schedule, Bruggeman has always his headphones on to answer work phone calls if necessary, while riding his bike.


I think that my work for this assignment was good. It wasn’t something worth of a POY award, but I think I was able to show my subject’s personality and represent how he feels about what he does. I did my shoot in two days, and my first day was boring since it was just him working inside of his office, I knew I had to be creative to show that in an interesting way. However, my second day was insane. I love biking and I would do that almost every day but biking and photographing got me really tired. Throughout the ride, I was always trying to go the faster so I could stop at a good spot, take my camera out of my backpack and shoot some frames while he was coming at my direction, then grab everything and bike until I reached him again, I did this like 5 times, and in the end rode like 30 miles, 2 more than I regularly do on the same route, so it was not that bad but made me tired. Two things that I think should have done better are more creative shots and a variation of lenses, mainly wide ones. I feel like I missed a good low angle shot of him biking, with maybe a 14mm or a 16 mm, I think that would have helped a lot with the contrast between office and outside biking. Overall, I think I’ve done a good job and can’t wait to show some of the photos to my subject.
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Work in Progress for Portrait/Personality

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to photograph Jerry Bruggeman, the person I'm doing my project on. On Friday night, Jerry rode his bike for almost 200 miles to raise awareness to pediatric cancer. I wasn't able to follow him on this ride because Friday Night Sights was happening and I had to cover for two photographers, making me photograph and edit. Mr. Bruggeman is a really interesting subject because he works in the administrative part of health care, which he says that nowadays it has been really stressful, he uses bike rides to de-stress and says that without it his body doesn't function correctly, the relief helps him a lot. I think Jerry hasn't understood my purpose with the story, and if this doesn't work I have another person with the same situation. I just hope I can finish this.


Video Reflection:
 When I first watched this video, I was surprised of how diverse it is. The video crew was able to reach different areas of society, in different areas of the Midwest. Starting with Bailey Stover, talking about her pandemic diary, gave a great introduction to the video, telling the audience what we are going to watch. Inserting its parts among the stories of the other characters was really intelligent, it reflected on what they were talking about. The video mainly focuses on what the seniors are missing out from their last year in High School, like prom, graduation, decision day and final presentations/games. It's not only diverse in relation to social issues, but also in topics related to senior year. Overall, I really loved Unfulfilled, it is really a fair representation of what the seniors are suffering. My only issue, as a photojournalism student, was the dirty lens in some of the shots. However, this isn't bigger than what this video represents.

The senior year is a passage into adulthood, the beginning of a career or a move to college. Often, the senior year is remembered with rose-tinted glasses. For the class

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