As I was trying to figure out how to present information in different ways through digital means, I kept stumbling on more and more types of expression. My Eportfolio has expanded quite a lot in the last few days. It’s also begun to include information I hadn’t at first intended to incorporate.
One of the things I wish I had done more this summer was keep an ongoing journal, documenting places, people, memories so I wouldn’t forget the amazing experiences I had traveling Europe. Before I forgot, I decided to make it a part of my Eportflio, under the section “Watch”, to get people and myself, to see again my summer as dominated by pictures.
Spain is captured in a slideshow, France is portrayed by speech bubbles and pictures, Portugal is presented as a collage. As I was experimenting with how to describe these places and how to illustrate the memories, sometimes, I realize, a picture really is the most powerful thing. I can talk about a place for hours, but the picture will show it in seconds. Whether it was walking through Spanish streets on the way to class at 9am or walking Parisian streets at midnight, the picture really is worth a thousand words.
So as I develop this portfolio further, I’m using my travels as the basis for visual and digital expression, supported by brief and highlighting words. My stories will capture the mood of the picture, or the background of the location, but the picture will speak for itself on the beauty, the architecture, and the experience. This actually fits in so well with the theme of my portfolio too. The message is all about slowing down, appreciating the time we have, and really valuing our experiences. Looking back, my summer passed so quickly, and was so amazing, that I wish I had taken the time to sit down and capture it as it happened. One of my cameras actually broke on the trip and I lost a good deal of my pictures. There really is no better place to store experiences than our memories, and so developing these memories is the best form of record taking that I can think of. As I put these pictures up, I’m reminding myself again how important it is to value the moment because days, months, years later, it could have been one of the best moments in memory.
The link to my portfolio, if anyone is interested: http://beixili.wix.com/livelaughloveshare