( I’ve tried to upload the video to here, but it will not work… )

I tried to do something that we did not see in examples of work in class. I was so interested in Karen k. Salisbury’s dichotomy of her life; she was a 100% working woman for most of her adult life, only to embark on an unexpected trip into motherhood late in the game. As such, i divided the presentation into three parts. The first part begins with her past; she mentions briefly how/why she became a successful businesswoman after being an exchange student in Sweden. I placed the title page about a minute into the presentation; her words at the beginning of the presentation allude to the happiness felt by success but also the sense of incompleteness her life held during that period. She did not have a family of her own, no children, no husband; she also had no hopes of having children as she was told that was an impossibility in her youth.

Following this realization, and a repetition of her statement “i never thought i would have children”, I have Karen introduce herself in swedish, followed bya  translation and an introduction of her children. I tried to keep as much of her own personality in the audio as possible; there are a few things that caused her to laugh in the interview and i wanted to include these to show additional depth to her perceptions on motherhood and the way it has consumed her daily life.

There are a few series of photos that i used to show motion: one set is making pancakes, and the other set is getting into the car. I used this technique because these are things that she does EVERY DAY. They are small moments in the day, pancakes taking only a few minutes to make, but they are important nonetheless. i think including the series of photos to show the progression of these two events gives viewers an idea of the repetitive nature of the activities. They are practised, predictable. (however, getting two children out to the car happily is probably not the norm, as it is shown in my photos).

The final segment of the presentation contains the final sentiments she expressed in the interview: “in some ways, having children is the best thing ive ever done.”

She makes an interesting comment that she had her life of partying, travelling, working successfully, socializing, and shopping; and thus has no deeply felt regrets about staying home with her children every day. By having children so late in life, she was able to have all of the experiences that often go unhad for stay at home moms.

I think the project turned out well; i think the photos related to the story, and i think the story itself is very appealing.

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