Salt Institute for Documentary Studies

Located in Portland, Maine, the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies offers a 15-week immersion program for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in documentary writing, photography, or radio.
This blog is an update of current Salt students insights and musings.


Roller Coaster

Man, this place fucks with you. Every day is a new high or low. Yesterday I felt at my highest, most proud. I was taking room tone, rolling from the time I walked up to my subjects to the time i left, I even used that lumberous, fluffy dog mic to block the wind while we took the Peak's Island Ferry. I was getting great ambience, quotes and action. I was enjoying my subjects and they were enjoying me. I wore my headphones the whole time (after another recent blunder) and felt really "on".

Only to have the rug pulled out from under me a few hours later when i realized my stupid bravado had gotten the best of me and i lost some valuable tape due to a stupid technical mistake (called not hitting record.)

I'm so dissapointed in myself. I lost sleep over it.

Salt really puts you face to face with your talents and your weaknesses on a day to day basis. It is painful and exhilerating. Painful and completely exhilerating.

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