Hey World, We Are Doing The Worst

Hey World, We Are Doing The Worst

Time to step up and stand out.
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My morning started off by me stepping on a powdered donut.

I laughed about it and went on with my day thinking "today will be good. It will be filled with laughs."

I walked into my 9 a.m. and my professor told us our test on Friday is going to be moved to Monday and I knew that today would be a great day.

That 9 a.m. class has 84 people in it. 84 students from different states, different families, different religions, different everything, but all united by this joy of our test being moved back not just a day, but a whole weekend.

Soon after that joyous news, our professor introduced three students who would be sharing their lives with us and myself and the rest of my class would soon come to learn that they would be the sole reason our test is now on Monday.

They were introduced as a part of the LGBTQ+ community and almost instantly the mood in the room changed to extremely positive to an extreme mix of various emotions. People made faces and comments, but we all sat there because attendance is mandatory and a test grade.

To put it all in simpler terms: most of us were outraged.

41 minutes past and 84 students packed up their bags and quickly walked out the door.

I have never called my dad quicker in my life.

I was furious and had to stop his day so that he could focus on mine. I was expecting him to explode, pull me out of school, and force me to move into our church back home, but he didn't. As I was talking to my dad and he was saying all of these things to me to calm me down and give me perspective almost all I could hear was " you sin too."

That's the truth- I do sin. All the time. I make mistakes. I lie. I fall short every. single. day. It's almost embarrassing how much of a sinner I am.

It took me a total of an hour and 15 minutes to realize that I needed to be forced to sit through that class because I have been failing miserably at loving people. As a Christian, I have been doing the absolute worst at being forgiving and loving. I have expected more from people, but not given those people what they deserve.

I have been focusing more on the fact that I stepped on a powdered donut than I have loving people.

Today, 84 students sat through a class most of them really had zero interest in sitting through. I would say that 80% of those students called their parents- like I did- to complain about how our professor gave us zero option about being in that class today.

Today, 84 students were told how unaccepting we are. How unloving we are. How discriminatory we are.

Today, one student saw the truth. Saw that yes, we are unaccepting. Yes, we are unloving. And yes, we need to fix it, but not in the way the three students who spoke to my class were asking us to.

I am here and I am saying: I hear you, I see you, I love you, and I am praying for you. I am praying that we all become more loving. That we all becoming more forgiving. That we all focus on what is good and what is true rather than what the world sections us off as.

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1. “Be young, be dope, be proud.” - Lana Del Rey, "American"

2. “I can’t really see another squad tryna cross us.” - Drake, "No Tellin’"

3. “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” - Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

4. “I’m throwin' shade like it’s sunny.” - Nicki Minaj, "Want Some More"

5. “I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist.” - Sia, "Chandelier"

6. “Find me where the wild things are.” - Alessia Cara, "Wild Things"

7. “If I was you, I'd wanna be me too.” - Meghan Trainor, "Me Too"

8. “Sweet like candy to my soul, sweet you rock and sweet you roll.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Crash Into Me"

9. “I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I’ve ever known.” - Drake, "Over"

10. “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.” - Lee Ann Womack, "I Hope You Dance"

11. “But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all? - Bastille, "Pompeii"

12. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” - John Lennon, "Imagine"

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14. “She acts like summer and walks like rain.” - Train, "Drops of Jupiter

15. “She’s a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Jesus, and America too.” - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Free Fallin’"

16. “Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones.” - Coldplay, "Fix You"

17. “Say you’ll remember me.” - Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams"

18. I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart.” - Sia, "Elastic Heart"

19. “Give me the beat boys and free my soul.” - Uncle Kracker, "Drift Away"

20. “One of these days the clocks will stop, and time won’t mean a thing.” - Foo Fighters, "These Days"

21. “Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.” - Brad Paisley, Perfect Storm

22. “You are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need.” Zedd feat. The Foxes, "Clarity"

23. “Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she’s got the Mercedes bends.” - The Eagles, "Hotel California"

24. “Life imitates art.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

25. “Nobody said it was easy, no one said it would be this hard.” - Coldplay, "The Scientist"

26. “You’re gonna keep my soul, it was yours to have long ago.” - State Radio, "Keepsake"

27. “Celebrate we will ‘cause life is short but sweet for certain.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Two Step"

28. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” - Florence + The Machine, "Shake it Out"

29. “There are many things I’d like to say to you but I don’t know how.” - Oasis, "Wonderwall"

30. “You say you want a revolution, well you know we all wanna change the world.” - The Beatles, "Revolution"

31. “God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.” Billy Currington, "People Are Crazy"

32. “Well my heart is gold, and my hands are cold.” - Halsey, "Gasoline"

33. “I don’t want to be heard, I want to be listened to.” - Twenty One Pilots, "Forest"

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Color in photography can elevate it from mediocre to professional. It can draw in viewers, set a tone of a photo, accentuate the form of a subject, and display the skill of a photographer. We see the world in color. Color photography and film, upon their inception, were heralded as vast improvements, and "black and white" can connote a limited, prejudiced worldview.

Given all of this, why would anyone choose to seemingly reduce a photo to something less, something without color?

Despite all the seeming drawbacks of B&W; photography, it does have advantages, although these can be situational.

PROS

Sharpness, contrast, exposure, clarity can be pushed further than they could be with color photographs without looking misplaced or odd.

Helps to compensate for when a photo doesn't have much color, or if boosting the saturation would make it look unnatural.

Shapes and lines are much easier to follow.

Simplifies a composition, giving a viewer fewer things to distract them from what you want them to see.

CONS

No color means that the composition should be a source of any emotions/feelings that color would normally convey.

Things that are similarly exposed but different colors may become indistinguishable from one another.




This photograph was actually slightly overexposed, but by using B&W;, extremes can be used effectively to balance it out. The texture of the wood grain and rope are much easier to see and don't look out of place because there isn't any color to distract from their roughness.



The lack of color in the picture originally is what prompted me to switch to B&W;, but it still is a good example of how a lack of color can highlight lines and shape. The separation between light and shadow becomes sharp and distinct.



Black and white can sometimes reveal the true potential of a photo. The sandy color of the cobblestones didn't mix well with the overcast day and brown, muddy water, but by removing the color and boosting the sharpness and contrast, the texture of the cobblestones pops out, and you look more at how they're stacked and how the reflection shows small ripples in the water. Details that would be overlooked otherwise. If you're editing a photo, and it just doesn't seem right, try switching it into B&W.;




Bad examples can oftentimes be more informative than good ones, and mistakes give you an opportunity to reflect and improve. This photo relies on color for its depth, and without color, it becomes flat and busy. Nothing other than color highlights the roses, so without it, they blend into the leaves. For this example, all I did was desaturate the original. It's entirely possible that through more intensive editing, a good black and white photo could be created from the original.





These examples are two separate edits of the same original photo, and in my opinion, are both acceptable. In the first, the colors blend and combine in an interesting way, and although it does lessen your attention on the fare, that's not necessarily a bad thing if you didn't want him to be the complete and utter subject of the photo. In the second, the outline around the man is darker, so he stands out more against a flatter cab window and side.

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