The last 2 weeks haven’t felt the most productive and like not much has happened, but a lot has, it just hasn’t come in a physical form. A lot has been put on my metaphorical plate. The Big Picture Goals are what we want our project to do and look like by the end. My Big Picture Goals haven’t changed too much to the point where it affects what I am doing right now. While having my BPG conference with Mr. Patrician, we decided to take out goals like working with a mentor, hosting the exhibit in an outside location and collecting donation for a cause. By taking these goals out, it will make the project smaller and accomplishable within the semester. This will also let me focus more on improving my photography skills, which was the thing I wanted my project to focus on.
The rest of my semester will be dedicated to finishing my project using my action plan. This is a document that dictates the steps that I need to take to complete my project. These steps are called milestones. Within each milestone, there are tasks that need to be completed.
I have 6 milestones to complete before the semester is over. Now, I know 6 does not seem like much but within each milestone there is up to 13 tasks, but it feels more like 50. There is an upside to this, I am almost done the first milestone which includes emailing different organizations and creating something called a boilerplate which is the template for all the emails I will send out over the course of the semester. I have one more email to send out before I can check off my first milestone. I hope that being able to check off this milestone will make me feel less stressed, but I think that will not be the case.
The next is photographing subjects. This milestone is one I am going to be working on while working on others as well because I will need to wait for clients to respond to my emails. I have photographed 1 out of 10 subjects. I had the chance to photograph on Halloween when I went out with the Bear Clan Patrol Winnipeg. This was an experience I will never forget because of the people I ended up meeting and the things I learned. For example, I need to remember to bring a notepad and pen to take notes on what my subject says.
The third milestone is to determine a print shop and print my first draft of the placards that I will be putting up beside the photos. Doing print testing is vital for when I print the good copies. I will be able to get feedback from classmates and teachers which will help determine what we need to change to make sure things are perfect for the end result. The final steps of this milestones are to print the photos and placards.
I see the second last milestone as tying up the loose ends. What I mean by this is I will need to fill out budget proposal and create and purchase items like frames and hooks to hang the photos from.
The final milestone is to make a blueprint for the exhibit then do a test and then put it up for the four-final presentation nights. I have a feeling that after this step, I will feel a great sense of relief and joy but also a bit of sadness because it will be the end of a great adventure.
In conclusion, I have a lot to do and not a lot of time. I am definitely feeling the stress.