The day before Irma hit I took a drive around Gainesville to see what businesses were still open. I saw mostly restaurants, gas stations, and liquor stores until I found Dino Games, a video game store on the east side of Gainesville. Armed with the DSLR camera I checked out on Thursday (thankfully before school was canceled the next day), I took on the next challenge of finding someone's story to tell.
The owner, Sean Hudelson, was a great character. He was captivating and had plenty to talk about as he took care of his shop. At first it seemed like Hudelson wasn't going to stay open for very long, but I was amazed when people started coming in. It thought everyone would already be hunkered down in their homes for the hurricane. They were also all willing to talk to me and seemed to be devoted customers. My only real issue was the confined space and making sure to diversify my shots. The florescent lighting overhead was difficult to manage sometimes as well. A I tried to take into account a lot of the feedback we got on the first project, especially the importance of utilizing negative space.
I'm pretty happy with the final product! I knew I couldn't do the project on something post-Irma because I would be reporting non-stop for TV20 News, so I think this turned out very well. Thankfully I think I'm getting more comfortable with a DSLR camera too! I can't wait to hear the feedback and see how I can improve for the next round of stories.
Here's his story: Gamers find solace before Hurricane Irma.