Personal Narrative: My Fascination With Dinosaurs

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When I was younger I had a fascination with dinosaurs. I would spend countless hours recreating the images and sketches found in the copious amount of dinosaur books I acquired. I remember distinctly deciding that I would be a paleontologist in kindergarten so I could breed dinosaurs. And I also remember distinctly going home and crying after learning that all the cool ones were dead. Nobody cares about birds, and my dinosaur phase soon wore off. Although my little life now had no purpose I continued to draw. Because of all my practice I was more advanced than the other children in my classes and it was uncommon for me to show off my artwork. Don’t get me wrong it was still pretty bad, but for a 5 year old I could draw a pretty mean pterosaur. …show more content…
I soon found that I knew everything our teacher planned for us to learn and wanted to do something more. Every Friday I brought my own camera to school, a Nikon d7000, to photograph the pep rally, students in my school, and later the football game and crowd. I wanted to share my work and created a page for the high school showcasing pictures from the game and students. It was a hit. Before long I was Tivy Photography, people I had never met before were asking me to photograph them Friday night. Football playoffs were the most memorable games I photographed. I remember traveling to games to photograph the event. After accidently “trespassing” in a closed section of a stadium to get a birds eye view of the game I requested for a press pass from my teacher. I remember taking a photograph of our quarterback, Cade Dyal, after he had just scored a touchdown and seeing the excitement in the other players and the crowd I decided I wanted to play football. After the season ended and Christmas break came I walked into the head coach’s office and signed up. Football quickly proved to be the most physically and mentally challenging thing I had ever done in my life and I loved every second of it. It was because of football that I met my best friend …show more content…
Time seemed to fly by and our deadline was quickly approaching. I needed something to close the montage with, skating through the scenic back roads of our hometown was nice but we needed an ending. I thought about it for a couple days and decided we would have to film something controversial enough to bring in attention to our project before and after the film was over. Days passed and while watching youtube videos, I came across an advertisement for a new canon camera. A flaming tire careened down a hill as a photographer captured an image of it shooting by. I paused the ad and looked at the photo. An idea slowly ignited in my head, I had found my grand finale. After researching how to light yourself on fire and considering the potential consequences I called Gabriel and talked it over. We started sharing our project on different social media platforms, trying to gain attention. The idea of a junior lighting themselves on fire for a school project had never been heard of and many of my peers wanted to see it in person. I set a date and made the preparations for everything. Wearing

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