Athletic scholarships are extremely common in the United States, however not so much in other parts of the word. In 1973 NCAA split schools into three different divisions which we now know are D1, D2, and D3. Over the years being a D1 athletes have evolved because of the new treatments, advances in technology, better equipment, etc that has arisen. However the argument over how it is unfair for athletes to get paid to go to school and play a sport for “fun” has still remained after all these years. It is my hope that this photo essay will not only show you how a day in the life of an athlete has changed significantly, but in the back of the viewers mind also prove why they are rewarding of these scholarships.
In my photo essay, I am going to depict the day in the life of a college athlete. The purpose of this exhibit is going to show how college athletes lives have changed over the year. With all the evolution of technology, and the higher education of people, athletes get to firsthand experience the advantages of all of these new upbringings. The exhibit is going to be depicted in chronological order starting from six in the morning workouts all the way until the end of the night right before its time to sleep. The types of photos I am going to capture for my audience are interaction shots and over all shots. Some of the action shots may also be shot in a high angle to give the viewer a sense of power. This will create the feeling of being able to overcome the obstacle in the photo and have the same mindset as the athlete who actually had to perform the task. This will be an accurate way for people to see how athletes lives have changed over the years all around us and the challenges they are faced with.
Recently there has been a 75–1 vote with the NCAA board of allowing division one schools to give scholarships that not only cover common costs but also miscellaneous as well. This is historic because now athletes can get things paid for such as groceries or gas. However this is where my photo essay will be beneficial to viewers. It will defy the thoughts of people thinking athletes are awarded to much and treated unfairly to their advantage. With this photo essay people will be able to see how much time and effort is actually put in an athlete’s day. With capturing shots in action and making them in color allows for viewers to really grasp each moment of the day. Finally my photo essay will end with a clincher that may throw viewers off. The end photo is going to be a picture of a clock depicting what time they will go to sleep. However the turning point will be the time, it will actually not be late hours into the night because believe it or not athletes have such good time management that they make sure there is time for sleep. At the end of the exhibit I hope that viewers can have a different type of respect for college athletes.
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