DS106 Assignment: Forrest Gump Project

Main Image: “Teachers competition at Brimwood” by theirhistory is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

When I first saw the prompt for this assignment, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so I decided to look up old photos. Something that kept popping up was whole class pictures which gave me the idea to incorporate a picture of my younger self into one of them.

I found the image above on CC Search and noticed that the front row of students was sitting cross-legged, and I also saw that there was the perfect amount of space on the end to put another student, in this case, me. I remembered a picture that was taken of me when I was in pre-school where I was sitting just like the boys in the front row. The picture was taken on a field trip to a local dairy farm, and it’s an experience I still remember to this day. It was the only time my dad was able to come with me on a field trip, and I remember asking him for this one specifically because he loves animals. In this picture, I’m holding a very young kitten in my lap, but there were also baby bunnies and ducklings that we could hold. Needless to say, it was a very fun trip and both me and my dad enjoyed it a lot!

I used GIMP to put this image together, which is something I’ve yet to do. I’m definitely getting more comfortable with the software, and I’m hoping to continue working with it after this class is over, but I’m actually not sure how I got my image to blend with the other. I didn’t select anything that would have changed the coloring on my picture to black and white, but it just kind of happened on it’s own and I rolled with it. I tried to adjust the colors of my picture even more, but I couldn’t really figure it out, so this is the best I was able to do. My clothing also doesn’t help me blend in with the other students, but there wasn’t much I could do in that regard. I may revisit this project later on and try to get a more seamless blend, but for now, I’m happy with how it turned out.

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