My Journey. Amanda Harle's Multimodal narrative

We live in a world where Technology is nearly impossible to avoid. Technology can be the mechanics of how a pencil works to an iPhone that has an unlimited amount of information in their finger tips. Technology is a huge part of our culture and it will continue to grow whether we like to or not.

My start with technology began at a young age and I have my father to thank for that. He worked in the tech field being an engineer and he boosted my interested when he would be physically pulling computers a part to fix them or messing with the wires to fix a problem at his work. The first piece of technology that meant a great deal to me is when I received my mom's old walkman cassette player.

I cherished and used the cassette player whenever I could! Music was such a huge thing in my family and I finally felt like I could relate since I got my mom's old player since she used it all the time. It was only the beginning of my technology journey and little did I know how much influence it would have on my life.

At home, I was an avid computer user whether it was spending hours on Paint or playing computer games like San Diego Carmen. At school, when it was computer lab day, I flipped. I would get so excited to play but also really dread it at the same time. We were required to play Type2Learn and it killed me a little because of how hard it was. I struggled but my motivation was KidPix. I wanted to throw my computer across the lab, but at the end of the day I ended up being the fastest typer in class. With my growth with typing, I took up blogging. Xanga was the start and I noticed a lot of people were posting photos that they took themselves. The computer world kept growing on me with blogging and watching music videos of all sorts online.

First photo shoot, Most recent photo shoot - Photos taken by: Amanda Harle

It wasn't until my Dad went to Afghanistan that photography took root as a huge part of who I am. I got a my first DSLR camera as a present this first Christmas he was away because he saw how much I loved photography form just taking crappy photos on my flip phone and a simple point and shoot camera. The first photoshoot I did was of my best friend Ester who was also a huge influencer in my journey. I struggled a lot learning how to adjust to using a Canon DSLR. I turned to YouTube tutorials and the help of my photography teacher in high school. I was incredibly lucky to have access to the internet to help me out as well as a teacher guide me in the right direction.

First concert I photographed to the most recent. - Photos taken by: Amanda Harle

Later down the line, I photographed my first concert and that was a major jump in having to upgrade my camera gear as well as a huge learning experience. I struggled with lighting and trying to choose the right settings. I almost gave up due to the stress of having to get photos but change the settings to adjust to the change in light on stage. Although my photography was not the greatest when I first began...I am incredibly happy I did not quit like I wanted too.

I got some amazing opportunities that helped me grow as a person, even through my struggle. I got involved in different social media platforms that also helped boost my love for technology. I began working for an online/print magazine called Local Wolves that helped me embrace the growing culture in technology. They pushed me out of my comfort zone, influencing me to try different techniques, work with different people, and even experiment with design.

Screenshot of my photo posted by Kirstin Taylor of Pentatonix.

As of current day accomplishment with my technology journey, Social Media has been such a huge part of it. I am currently working towards my Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Communications and minoring in Digital, Technology, and Culture. It's really neat how a lot of my courses are having me break up parts of my past to see how I got to where I am today. As someone who is wanting to work in the music industry some day, what I am working towards is incredibly important. In rough times, it always seems to work out and all I have to do is push through all of the struggle and rejections. If I would have given up and ended up hating computer lab days in elementary school or given up photography because the camera was to hard to figure out; I would not have the internship I landed today through the University as well as having the opportunity to shoot musicians like Pentatonix.

ANNOTATIONS

This source fits with my story because it is the exact model of my very first music player when I was younger that I used until it just did not want to work anymore. I chose a photo I found on google images because it gives the idea of technology that I used the early 2000’s later 1990’s. It gives a visual of what I had and it’s a clear representation of the actual thing that I used. I didn’t understand the pause/play/stop/rewind/forward buttons so I continuously have to keep asking my mom how to use it. I eventually got the hang of it and my parents couldn’t get me to put it down.

At home, I was an avid computer user whether it was spending hours on Paint or playing computer games like San Diego Carmen. At school, when it computer lab day, I flipped. I thought this screen shot of KidPix was perfect because it opened my eyes that there was something like paint, but better. I did, however get really frustrated with Oregon Trail when my people kept dying and Type2Learn when I had to keep playing the same level again. I chose this screenshot because it shows the basic layout of the program of when I used it as a kid.

When my Dad went to Afghanistan. It was hard on me and I got a my first DSLR camera and I took this photo on that camera which is why I chose this photo. It is also particularly important due to the fact that my best friend (pictured) has supported my freelance photography since day one even if I wasn’t that great. I chose this mode because it’s based off of my journey with photography and it was the very first photo shoot I have ever done with a DSLR. This is something that I was familiar with previously but learning on a bigger camera was as struggle at first but I had a lot of people to help me out with it.

Later down the line, I photographed my first concert and that was a major jump in having to upgrade my camera gear. I struggled with lighting and trying to choose the right settings since I have never done it before. I chose these two photos in particular to compare my very first gig of my friends band in 2012 to my most recent when I shot for Local Wolves Magazine of Jesse Rutherford from the Neighbourhood.

As of current day accomplishment with my technology journey, Social Media has been such a huge play. I chose this form of mode because it’s a screen shot of my photo posted on Instagram by a Pentatonix member. As someone who is wanting to work in the music industry, Social Media has been such a huge helper in my journey. I am pretty sure the last few gigs that I have shot landed me my internship as a Social Media Intern as well as land some awesome editorial projects that I can’t really talk about or I can get fired.

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