“Brewed IN the Fort Craft Beer Fest capitalizes the “IN” for a reason. It’s all about the Indiana pride. That Independent beer made by the hardest working brewers anywhere! Maybe some beer drinkers don’t care what they drink, but you have a more discerning palate. You realize there is a lot of great beer in your own backyard. That’s why we put on this event. To showcase the best that Indiana beer has to offer!” — Brewed IN the Fort Website
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One year ago, I presented my graduating thesis project to the world — Exposure: Exposing the Myths & Realities of Living with a Mental Illness. To graduate from the IPFW Visual Communication and Design program, every student must complete a year-long thesis course that showcases what you’ve learned during your time at IPFW while highlighting your concentrations.
Thesis Statement: As mental illness continues to grow as a societal issue, we have to explore a more creative method of how to address and present the problem. The goal of this project is to increase public understanding of mental illness while at the same time allowing people to therapeutically share their stories.
One-on-one interviews have been combined with expressive portrait photography and compiled into a finished print piece, which has incorporated elements of graphic and layout design.
Exposure is the culmination of 18 interviews, 15.6 hours of interview audio, 119 pages of transcribed interviews, 44,355 words, 16 photo shoots, 1,685 raw images, and 164 edited images. Within its pages, this book has stories from individuals living with depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, and a myriad of other mental health diagnoses. There is spoken word poetry about time spent in a mental institution, criticisms of how higher education treats those who are mentally ill, and stories of how mental illness can change someone’s life. There are resources for those who are seeking help as well as eight pages of the American Psychiatric Association DSM-V criteria and information about the mental illnesses mentioned within the project.
With the photography, I focused on the person’s personality and stayed away from harmful and stereotypical imagery that typically associates itself with mental health projects. I included ring light portraits of each person as well—forcing the viewer to look into the eyes of a person who has seen struggle and stigma. I kept the layout design clean to allow the story to flow clearly and not compete with the imagery.
On a personal level, this project was exhausting. People think art school is a breeze, but if you really want to thrive and kick thesis’ butt, you have to work hard for it. We all had to meet with faculty at 25%, 50%, 75%, and finally have a big 100% final presentation. We have to do research and find creative ways to tell the story of our thesis, showcase our own talents, and build a display that will house our project during the final gallery art show. I was also selected to be a part of a small group of students to give a separate presentation to our university’s Chancellor, representatives from ad agencies, and local business owners.
Writing about and listening to stories about mental illness while struggling with my own depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts was really freaking hard. It sucked; there’s no getting around that. Even with the looming deadlines and daily reminders of how close we were to finishing, there were days that I couldn’t bring myself to do anything. I kept kicking myself and asking, “Why would you willingly decide to do a project that is so personal to you? You knew this would happen. Why did you do this to yourself?” Here’s the thing about thesis — you have to spend a whole year working on one project, so you better make that project something you care about and something that is important. So, I had to get through it.
About a week before I was scheduled to give my final 100% presentation to the IPFW faculty, my Mamaw suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. Coincidentally, this was also a week before my 25th birthday and about a month before the holidays. The night of our exhibition show, I had a panic attack while driving to the gallery. I was minutes away from the parking lot, but I turned around, drove home, and cried in my driveway for a good thirty minutes before finally forcing myself to drive back and show up for the show. I’m all about humility and staying humble, but the entire process and journey was rough, so I’m proud of what I accomplished and am really glad to be on the other side of thesis.
My final project was a 152-page book, designed magnets with resources, business cards, and a website. Competing against professional agencies and individual submissions, my project won Judge’s Choice, the Gold Award in Collateral Material Publication Design, and the Gold Award in Elements of Advertising for Photography at the 2017 American Advertising Federation Advertising Honors.
We have to keep the conversation about mental health alive. If you or someone you love is struggling, please reach out. You are not alone.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline | 1.800.273.8255
National Alliance on Mental Illness | 1.800.950.6264
Parkview Behavioral Health | 1.800.284.8439
The Bowen Center | 1.800.342.5653
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In honor of my one year anniversary of being a professional real estate photographer, I decided to compile some of the pet photos that I’ve taken while at people’s homes—because let’s be honest, a cute dog is much more appealing than more shiplap. Cheers to another year of real estate photography and many more pets to come.
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Another day, another delicious restaurant photography meet up! This time, we’re traveling from Japanto Ireland, well, as close as we can get to Ireland here in Fort Wayne, Indiana– JK O’Donnell’s Irish Pub.
What we aim to do is take you on a journey. Enter our pub with a sense of adventure, and bring your friends. You can make a safe choice, but always make a brave choice too. The Irish can hold conversations like a swap meet, so tell your stories, and make sure they’re good — our walls are used to hearing the truth (even if sometimes it gets stretched a little). Listen in on the regular raconteurs. Have a look around, you’ll see business in process, memories being embellished, new memories being made, maybe an old flame being rekindled. You might see some tears, but we’re pretty sure you’re gonna see more smiles — and don’t forget the laughs. Bring some sun back, all we’re missing is you.
Walking into JK O’Donnell’s, you’re immediately welcomed by the warm and inviting atmosphere. Whether you sit inside at the bar, tucked away in the back room, or outside on the patio, you’ll find the perfect place for you and your friends. Our group gathered outside on the back patio and it was the perfect spot for us–we laughed and photographed our drinks for hours under the string lights. For dinner, I had the Irish Mule and Man & Superman for my drinks and the Lamb Meatballs and Trottole for my food and guys, it was all so good. I’m that person who has three staple drinks: a Moscow Mule, a Long Island, and an Amaretto Sour, so to find more drinks to add to my list was pretty dang cool. My meatballs were delicious, the pasta was cooked perfectly, and it all had just the right amount of kick and spice (just like me).
Check out my images below and also check out the #igersfwjkodonnells tag on Instagram to see what the rest of the crew captured!
• Drinks | Irish Mule + Man & Superman
• Dinner | Lamb Meatballs and Trottole + Salmon and Colcannon + Castlebar Burger + Fish and Chips + Pork Shank