Spiral Bound Notebooks: The blue one is for my humanities-leaning classses, and the red is for math/science.
Nisa: A book I’m reading for my anthropology course.
PyongYang: A book that we’re reading.
Planner/Journal: I don’t usually carry this around, but it is useful.
Keys: Comes with an Idaho keychain, which I have never used.
Water-bottle: Stay hydrated, folks.
Reading Glasses: I don’t need glasses usually, but they help for staring at screens.
Splitter: This was given to me by my ex-boyfriend when we broke up. We split and then he gave me the splitter. He had it given to him by one of his friends when her relationship ended, and I suppose I will carry on the legacy by giving to one of my friends when they have a breakup. It has come in handy a time or two so I’m hesitant to part with it.
Items that don’t need explanation: Laptop, Backpack, Chapstick, Eraser, Earphones, Phone, Sunglasses, Breath Mints, Gum, Post-Its, Pencil Bag, Pens and Pencils.
I like the style of the photos where things are exploded out and arranged. Something like all the pieces of a watch pulled apart and placed in an aesthetic way. Because of this, I enjoyed doing this type of thing with my own items. In high school, I had a lot more things to carry around and as a result my bag was much more messy. I have since compacted down the things I carry, as well as picking up some better habits of keeping my bag clean and organized. Therefore this portrait is accurate as to what I carry in my bag, as well as the level of cleanliness. It is not fully accurate, however: I am missing two folders and I don’t usually carry the small red notebook in the lower left hand. The challenges presented with this were less about style because I didn’t go off of what I thought, but more so how I felt. I went up a floor and took the picture off of a balcony looking down. So that’s why the picture is a tad bit grainy.
This arrangement of items can be used to represent me, but I don’t think it is necessarily writing in the traditional sense. Writing is another form of representation, however, I don’t this type of thing is an extension of writing, merely a cousin. If anything, I think this is even similar to Graphic Novels because not only is it the contents that matters, but that the choices that go into the displaying and presentation matter as well. As a person, this display represents how I would like to be, but not necessarily how I am. My room could use a tidy, and I don’t always follow my to-do list like I should. It’s a goal to work towards, though.