A few months ago I was apart of a class trip that spent a week in Washington, D.C. It was the most enlightening week of my entire education. In the weeks time we meet congressmen, senators, staffers, lobbyists, toured the Capital, the White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate. Visited federal agencies and meet several employees, which I would have to kill you if I told you about. Made our way down to Annapolis where we toured the Naval Academy and enjoyed some authentic southern hospitality. Amongst all of these events, what I enjoyed the most was being able to visit the National monuments and memorials. Unfortunately during the spring months there is an influx of rampant middle school children ruining everyone’s time. Despite the irritating children, there were areas I could find solace and ruminate on what our Founding Fathers, Presidents, Citizens and Military have accomplished in the past 239 years.
The most important memorial I set out to visit was the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. As many of you know, my father was a police officer that was killed in the line of duty. His name was engraved into the National Law Enforcement Memorial shortly after his passing. I was able to visit the memorial when I was a child in the mid 1990’s and again in 2003 for the 8th grade field trip. This time I was fortunate to visit the memorial by myself, late at night when no one could disturb me. It was an extremely humbling experience that allowed me to reflect on my personal achievements and how short life can be.
Upon our arrival back to Connecticut, I contemplated what I should do for a final project. I tossed around the idea of making a video after throwing around a couple other ideas. I received the approval from my professor and started planning it out. I came across a short video on YouTube using what is known as the Parallax Effect and was astonished by it. I immediately began to rip apart my images from the trip and convert them into the layers required to create the sought after effect. The end result was better than anything I could of expected. Overall, I absorbed an immense amount of information and expanded my network further than imagined. I am tremendously grateful for the opportunity that I received and for the people I encountered.