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July 31, 2008

What is our purpose?

Filed under: blog — Tags: , , — nicoletung @ 1:48 pm

                    
I’m trying to justify the hiatus that I’ve apparently taken from writing– no real explanation, but I’ve given up the notion of both taking good photographs and writing too-well thought out (and consequently time consuming) pieces as a means to rediscover both those mediums. In other words, trying to make it fun and ego-less again. At present, I’m helping out at the Urban Journalism Workshop at NYU, a motivator for me to start piecing multimedia together and shooting video, rather than thinking much, much too big as I have been in the past few months. I’d blame Restlessness for unnerving me to want to seek out adventures and foreign lands. But on that note, I’d say it’s uncertainty, the possibility of miscommunication, the loneliness that one believes is conspiring against oneself in unchartered territory– that makes for exciting and impulsive unbridled decision making. I’d be quite happy to jump into a complete stranger’s car again to get a better sense of a place, just like I had in Srebrenica over two years ago. And on the note of Srebrenica– Karadzic’s arrest last Monday was indeed a surprise and a little step towards a long, long healing process. What a birthday present it was too.

In Chicago last week, the UNITY Journalism Convention showed me a side of corporate American media that quite literally made my face crumple up. It wasn’t quite what I’d imagined, and only one editor gave me a real honest boot to the arse about my work– for that I couldn’t be more thankful. If there is one thing I came out of there with though, is an inspired clarity in the journalism I want to pursue. Sometimes I have sensed that the flood of awards, grants, over-editing, and self promotion has given many a people the right to self-aggrandizement under a moral disguise. True, that may not be the intention, but it seems we forget to ask why and for whom we are doing this.

summer on the shore of lake michigan

Brilliant Chicago

Millennium Park, at The Bean

Downtown Chicago, by the river

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1 Comment »

  1. I don’t know whether I have told you this before but your picture of the Millennium Bean is AMAZING! Competition-worthy!

    Comment by LJ — August 29, 2008 @ 2:23 am


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