My interview went well.

My subject was very comfortable and open with information from her past and present, with little prompting. I personally hate to be interviewed, but being on the other side of the process was interesting. I had to approach the interview with little to no idea of what i story i wanted to be able to tell at the end of it. It’s like taking a photo without looking through the viewfinder at the subject. the outcome was blurry, out of focus, and altogether random.

Some very interesting moments took place during the interview that i found to be especially interesting as a jumping off point for my audio slideshow. Karen, my interviewee, was told early in her life that she was physically unable to have children. This caused her to be a work-a-holic, pouring her life heart and soul into her job with a swedish company called Tetropak.

I noticed a similar parallel to her life with her children; everything she does is through the veil of their existance. From the moment she wakes up in the morning, karen eats, breathes, drinks, sleeps Harrison and Emma. She schedules play dates and drives to school and to the doctor and the grocery story and the mall and the book store and the park and makes meals and packs lunches and clothes children all day every day, without any help. Her husband, Kent, works and does not get home until 6 or so in the evening, after most of the trials of the day have passed.

I think this parallel could serve as the basis for an interesting story as the subject of my audio visual slideshow. Although raising two children under the age of 4 is hard alone, at the age of 44, she has no regrets of the life she leads now. Her living and partying and working were all completed during her years as a successful business woman in the 80s and 90s. Now, she devotes her time to her children, fulfilling a role that she never anticipated.