Collage Draft

Aloha!

The topic I chose for my blog is “About Me” with a focus on ‘ohana. ‘Ohana is the Hawaiian word for family. While the concept of ‘ohana includes the Western idea of nuclear family of mother, father, and children, it encompasses far more. ‘Ohana includes family members now and those to come—members related by birth, marriage, official and unofficial adoption, and friends so integrated within the family we call them “uncle”, “aunty”, “brother,” or “sister.” ‘Ohana also includes those who have come and gone before us, our deceased and ancestral spirits (aumakua). We all share the same commitment, responsibility, and support of one another. ‘Ohana is a fundamental familial support system vital to Native Hawaiian culture. In keeping with the theme of ‘ohana, I decided to focus on generations of mothers and daughters for my collage. We work together to form the support system for each other. Those pictured in my collage represent only a part of our ‘ohana. The background image is a plumeria because a lei made of these flowers symbolizes the bond between all that is good, and for me represents the bond between the mothers and daughters of our ‘ohana.

When it came to creating the collage, I ran into some technical difficulties. I went to YouTube and did a search for additional tutorials to help me with my problems. My biggest unresolved issue is my background. I could not figure out how to get rid of the white background on the B&W image so I could place it on top of the flowered background. Instead, I had to lay the background over the B&W image. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know in a response to my blog. Otherwise, I may end up starting over…

I edited all the photos using the techniques we learned in the tutorials. I cropped all the pictures and adjusted most of them. From its original form, I separated the now B&W picture from its background. Now I just have to figure out how to “cut her out” so I can lay her image over the background instead of under. My idea was to have my youngest granddaughter as the focal point, surrounded by the others in a “circle of life.” Now, I’m thinking that perhaps there should be a chronological order instead of randomly placed. It’s a good thing this is a work in process.

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Photo Collection

Generations of Mothers & Daughters

Photoshop Tutorials

Here are my completed tutorials.

Introduction for COM210

The subject for my COM210 blog is “About Me.” I decided to take the professor’s suggestion for the reasons he listed in his video as well as for my own. The two main reasons he listed were:

  1. I should have easy access to an abundance of resources on the subject of “me.”
  2. It would be a good way to create an online portfolio about “me.”

I am not sure how professional this portfolio will be or whether I will show it to a potential employer, but it is one way to get to know myself better.

I had an interview last week for an internship with a non-profit organization. In retrospect, I would say, “I blew it!” I was unprepared for the questions I was asked—self-evaluation type questions. What is your greatest strength? What is your weakness? Why do you want to work here? All these questions should be “no-brainers,” right?

Spending a semester doing “About Me” projects should give me the opportunity to learn more about myself—my strengths, my weaknesses, and my talents and skills. I am told that I am my worst critic. Seeing me through other people’s eyes may boost my self-confidence on a personal and professional level. The added benefits will the relationships that may grow out of my research.

I am not sure what aspects of myself I will be covering in my assigned projects. If it comes to things that are important to me, then at least part of my work will cover my ‘ohana, or family. They are most important to me, and of great importance to Hawaiian culture. Overall, I think this class may enrich my life in more than one way.