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Sean Stephens Midterm Project TEL-T 206 November 12, 2010

My design of this project was fairly simple, but was not lost on subtlety. I chose one of my favorite songs of all time, “Ten Years Gone” by Led Zeppelin. This song has a great deal of meaning in my life dating back to when I was a kid and listened to it with my dad. The first picture is of a road closed sign taken at Dunn and 17th and symbolizes the obstacles that stand in our way and how we must find other routes to our destination at times. The second picture, a detour sign taken at the same place, shows the changing of course and how we will eventually reach our destination no matter what stands in our way. The picture of an eye rayed in glory shows how much one object can “see” or what it can reach in all directions. The fourth picture is a low angle shot of a road in which you do not see the end, symbolizing that in this life we still have far to go. I chose a low angle because it makes the road seem daunting and gives me the feeling that it will never end, although all roads do have to end eventually. Lastly, a picture of me holding a picture of me and my ex-girlfriend of 5 years is used to show how I still wonder what could have been, but still need to keep moving down the road in order to move on.

Then as it was, then again it will be An' though the course may change sometimes* Rivers always reach the sea* Blind stars of fortune, each have several rays* On the wings of maybe, down in birds of prey Kind of makes me feel sometimes, didn't have to grow But as the eagle leaves the nest, it's got so far to go* Changes fill my time, baby, that's alright with me In the midst I think of you, and how it used to be*

-Starred lyrics are the ones my pictures are related to

In my study of Walker Evans, I realized he likes to center his point of interests while the surrounding visual cues round out the photograph.

Ten Years Gone  
Ten Years Gone  

5 pictures illustrating the song