Student Perspective Series: Namibia Through One-Picture
Juliana Romeo '17
Growing up, I would much rather read, Where’s Waldo than a Judy Blume novel. I would spend hours playing “eye spy with my little eye” with my sister. I have always been more drawn to images than words, and I find it easier to express myself in images rather than words.
My parents believe that the world is a classroom, and they have taken my sister and me to visit many National Parks throughout the United States, over two-dozen countries, and five of the seven continents. It was on these trips that I had my first encounters with a camera. I took many pictures of the places we visited, but I didn’t see myself as a photographer until our trip to Kenya in 2013. We came upon a lion one morning on safari, and I was in awe of his grace and majesty. I took many pictures of him, trying to capture what it was about him that took my breath away. Since that time, I have been trying to capture in pictures the powerful emotions that so many places and experiences evoke in me.
Last summer, I participated in a National Geographic Student Expedition through Namibia in Africa. I spent three weeks visiting wildlife conservancies, performing tranquilizations on cheetahs, hiking up sand dunes, sand boarding, and interacting with Namibians. Through the photography expert on my trip, I was exposed to the concept of a “one-picture story”. One-picture stories are single images that capture the emotions, reactions, and ambiances of a singular moment in time. Through candid group photos, animal behaviors, or my own streaks of hair, these one-picture stories accurately document and portray the beauty, lighting, biodiversity, and extreme experiences of my expedition through Namibia. Each of these photos should be viewed as a single story. I hope that audiences can grasp the essence of my trip through this collection of images.
Sponsored by the Robert ’53 and MeiLi Hefner Foundation and offered here at Webb to two current students, The Hefner Initiative aims to foster a close and positive relationship between the people of China and the US. This extraordinary 12-day summer program includes travel this year to Beijing and Suzhou—allowing for living/learning opportunities with host students and families.
Shyam Arya '18 and Ellie Canty '18 have been accepted to present a poster at the National American Chemical Society conference in New Orleans in March 2019--an extremely rare honor for high school students.
It’s November 2nd and the College Guidance office is quiet this morning—nothing like the last few days when countless numbers of panicked seniors were popping in to get their essays looked at one last time before pressing “submit.”