Photo essay by Maggie Erickson
Photo Journalism with Professor Mary Weber
For my photo essay, I chose to go to an aquarium and document my journey there through photographs. I went to Arizona over spring break and went to the OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, AZ. I thought this would be a fun, light essay that would simply be interesting to look at, especially with all the variety in types of fish at this aquarium. These fish range in color, size, and shape, which offered me the opportunity to get a wide variety of pictures. The many different types of aquarium tanks also gave me the opportunity to get a wide variety of pictures including close-up images as well as zoomed out shots of many types of fish. I figured the best way to go about this photo essay was to walk through the aquarium and take pictures, and place those pictures in chronological order. The focus of the essay, or the climax of the story, is the aquarium’s largest exhibit. This exhibit is a rotating room that displays four different aquariums, including stingrays, sea turtles, sea lions, and sharks. I did not include all of these in the photo essay due to the limit on the number of photos, but I did include two. The photo essay starts with the entrance then leads into the main exhibit with pictures of fish throughout the aquarium beforehand. After the exhibit, there are more pictures of fish and a concluding image of the person I went with leaving the aquarium. There is no big, bold message with this photo essay; I just thought it would be fun and interesting to work with these colorful creatures we don’t see in our everyday lives.