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Ashlie Fortner’s magazine is a prime example of human life, showing real burdens and issues. These should not be taboo, but embraced as a rallying point (Photo courtesy of Ashlie Fortner).

Ashlie Fortner’s magazine is a prime example of human life, showing real burdens and issues. These should not be taboo, but embraced as a rallying point (Photo courtesy of Ashlie Fortner).

Ashlie Fortner

Ashlie Fortner’s magazine is a prime example of human life, showing real burdens and issues. These should not be taboo, but embraced as a rallying point (Photo courtesy of Ashlie Fortner).

Ashlie Fortner

Ashlie Fortner

Ashlie Fortner’s magazine is a prime example of human life, showing real burdens and issues. These should not be taboo, but embraced as a rallying point (Photo courtesy of Ashlie Fortner).

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Being human is difficult in a world dominated by media. Everywhere you look you see a magazine or image of perfect people with perfect families, perfect homes, and perfect lives. However, despite what the media sells, people are not always perfect. People have issues and they are not always hidden. As a part of a project, one senior will break the norm and highlight the normal people.

“I’ve put together a portrait photography magazine based on personal struggle. I wanted to reach people around the community and ask about the burdens they carry. With this project I was not only able to give these individuals a platform, I was able to tell a story with my photography,” said senior Ashlie Fortner.

Making a magazine is not easy—especially one that conveys emotions such as these.

“It’s been hard with time management. I was working 21 hours a week and always had homework so it wasn’t easy. It was like everyday that I had free, the other person didn’t and vice versa. I told myself I already knew the basics but in reality I learned so much about photography from my mentor and experience in my shoots,” said Fortner.

Time management is a common issue for seniors, many of which have afternoon work or extracurricular activities. Luckily, Fortner has been able to finish strong despite having a lot of work to do.

“I felt like if I didn’t take on so much responsibility this year then I would’ve been able to make my product even better, but I think it turned out great just the way it is too,” said Fortner.

As one of the first seniors to finish her product, Fortner is also one of the first to be able to reflect upon her full project.

“My goal was to learn about portrait photography. I felt if I just had the goal to capture portraits, I’d quickly run out of ideas and many of my photographs wouldn’t have any context. Focusing on struggles and burdens fed me ideas and also provided the possibility of evoking emotion. I loved talking with Mr. Skadhauge and my friend Thye. I had so many talks with the both of them and really got to know them,” said Fortner.

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