In-Depth Post #6

Time flies, this is already my last in-depth post, I am really excited about the presentation happening in the end of May. In-depth is just around the corner now and I am currently working on putting everything together to somehow create a form of presentation. This week, I met with my mentor in the studio upstairs and learnt about the studio lighting. I’ve learnt that the lighting in fashion photography is a very crucial part because it brings out the person’s face features and brings in the details.  Plus, not only in fashion photography, in general photography, Lighting is a key factor in creating a successful image. Lighting determines not only brightness and darkness, but also tone, mood and the atmosphere. Therefore it is necessary to control and manipulate light correctly in order to get the best texture, vibrancy of color and luminosity on your subjects.

I’ve gathered a few good images that have potentials to be edited and combined with other pictures. I am focusing on surrealism photography, and I am combining a modern style into the picture. In terms of photography and Photoshop, I am more into urban and aesthetic designs. In additional to all the ideas, Ms. Gilder also taught me ways to take a perfect photo in a good studio lighting. In this specific case, Yoonha became my model to test my photography skills. I learnt that when you wanted to give instruction to a person (tilt head, tilt chin…), give them as quick as possible so the person has no anxiety to form into a new position. We tested this and took some good photos of Yoonha under studio lighting. I had to be honest with you, these pictures do look really professional to me.

For my Learning center, I would like to have a cluster of images I’ve taken and edited and I would also give people a glimpse at my website, which contains the photos and my progress. For my interaction activity, I could try to teach a quick tool in Photoshop like the layering tool. I am working toward to more pictures and I would have to edit a lot more to meet the standard.


Hamilton Big Idea #1

Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.

“Will they know what you overcame?

Will they know you rewrote your game?

The world will never be the same,oh.”

These lines represent the main idea of how Hamilton influenced America. He had to overcome obstacles and “rewrite” America forever, like nothing before. It is indeed rare for an immigrant to one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

Disparities in power alter the balanced of relationships between individuals and between societies.

“And every day the salves were being slaughtered and carted away…The brother was ready to beg, steal, or barter.”

This passage shows how Hamilton grew up in a community affected by poverty. People won’t go “beg, steal, borrow or barter” if it is a better community. It is very hard for Hamilton to get the education he deserved at that time.

Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.

“How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore

And a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence impoverished,

In squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?”

Hamilton was born with an identity that most people would look down to. In other words, he was born with nothing special but he managed to overthrow his identity and gain a reputation for his literature. His identity is changed over time as he transferred from a kid to a hero.

The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change.

“Well, the word got around, they said, this kid is insane, man

Took up a collection just to send him to the mainland

Get your education, don’t forget from whence you came.”

the passage shows how Hamilton is transferred to a new environment, which is New York. The new environment helped him to achieve his goals more efficiently because back in the Caribbean, he has absolutely no opportunities to achieve anything.

Independent Investigation #1

Q: What impact did European settlers have on Canada’s indigenous economy?


Historical Significance:

First Nations were the first inhabitants of Canada, and here is a cool fact: the first inhabitants of North America arrived in Canada at least 15,000 years ago. The peaceful time was interrupted in 1700 when the Aboriginal people first made contacts with the European settlers. Since then, everything started to shift and change, the European settlers made many impacts to the Indigenous people, both positively and negatively.inuit-moravian-missionary

The Europeans voyaged to Canada to find gold and other valuable materials that would help their trading system. Although the First Nation people’s technology is under developed, they managed to keep this land in shape and lived a simple live. After getting visited by the Europeans, the people were introduced to new weapons like muskets and new transportation tool like horses. That was the first contacts between European settlers and Aboriginals. So far, the Indigenous people were influenced in many positive ways.

After the Europeans settled on this foreign land, they started to share their wImage result for european settler impact on canadian indigenousays of survival with the First Nations and taught them ways to make more advanced tools and weapons. Then, the First nations started the fur trade, which “proved to be an exceptional and profitable natural resources.” The Aboriginals were open to trade furs with the Europeans as there were a plenty of fur resources at that time. On the other hand, the Europeans supplied the First Nations with goods made from irons, such as pots and cooking utensils. The Aboriginals saw iron as “precious metals” as they didn’t have the technology to get iron in Canada. Interesting to say, both parties were likely to think that they got the better deal because Europeans valued furs more than metals and the First Nations were the complete opposite. The Europeans, however, were eager to find more furs and therefore, the First Nation people became their partner to explore the new lands of Canada and find more resources.a deer with one bullet now, bumusketst the loud noise of the weapon would scare the rest of the animals away. You would then have a hard time finding more food, which came mostly from animals. Additionally, guns also made the Europeans the powerful ones comparing to the First Nations. They used the advantage and wiped out the entire population of bison, which was the main source of food for the Aboriginal people. That was just the start of impact.


So far so good, huh? Now it is time to reveal the negative impact European settlers made on the Aboriginal people. First, introducing the brand-new weapon, the French Muskets. They looked cool and all but at that time, the technology wasn’t entirely flourished, and it would sometimes back fire, leaving the shooter in critical condition or even death. Yes, you could kill

When the Europeans settled in Canada, they brought foreign diseases which lead to many deaths among the First Nation people because they had no immunity to the diseases. The most common disease was the smallpox, and alcoholthe patient would have small abscesses filled with liquid covering his whole body. Yikes! Thus, many First Nations were forced to live in isolated areas due to the diseases. In additional to the disease, the Aboriginals confronted another big threat, alcohols. The liquor became so addicting that it became the only thing they wanted when trading with the Europeans. Therefore, the newcomers took the advantage and got more items, leading to unfair trading. Moreover, European also tried to convert the First Nations to Catholicism. They once again took advantage over the situation and inferred that the Aboriginal people could get guns if they convert into Catholicism. The controlled trade system and religion made the European more powerful comparing to the First Nations. They were being used for resources and resources only. That wasn’t the end as the Quebec Act worsened the situation even more. It gave the French Canadians complete 64944-004-eb420abcreligious freedom and restored the French form of civil law. How did that affect the Aboriginals? The Quebec Act pushed Quebec’s boundaries into the First Nation land and the people were confused and frustrated by the Europeans claiming their lands without their permissions.

This event proves its historical significance by showing the relationship between the indigenous people and the European settlers. It is important to acknowledge how the European settlers took advantage of the First Nation people’s simple lifestyles. Therefore, they were being used for fur trade and they even contaminated the trading process with alcohol, which made European settlers the powerful side.


Continuity and change:

In the past, the impact of colonization on First Nations often resulted in an unbalanced relationship between the Aboriginals and the settlers. After learning about the impact, I found that these conditions are most likely to improve by now as the government is promoting reconciliation with the benpowless-truth-and-reconciliation-commission-day-1-walk-for-reconciliationFirst Nations. Groups and organizations representing First Nations constantly negotiate with the Canadian Government to preserve their culture and protect their rights. Things had definitely gone better as the First Nations are able to have their rights in Canada and receive education just like everyone else.


Ethical Judgement:

Was it fair? Of course not! The Indigenous people was killed by diseases that came from the Europeans, they were tricked to convert their religious belief to Catholicism and they were also treated poorly later after. This unfair treatment happened because of how kind First Nation people used to be. They were open to fur trades and newcomers, they were innocent and lived in a more traditional way. On the other hand, looking at the event in a different perspective, the changes made in the past was necessary. It was a crucial step for the humanity to improve and advance its technology. Even so, the Europeans needed to take time and negotiate with the First Nations because they also had the right to argue for their own land.

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In conclusion, both positive and negative impacts were made after the colonization of the Europeans, but I had to say that Europeans were the more profited side. They were wiser and lived their lives in better conditions and lifestyles. They wanted to benefit their own country, therefore explored and found Canada. They had a great start trading with the First Nations but there were many negative factors that they brought with them, like diseases, weapons, and alcohols. Overall, my research found out that European mostly negatively impacted the First Nation people but however, Canada had been working hard to reconcile with the Aboriginal people and many significant improvements had been done already.



Ind. Investigation: Métis


Crossroads A Meeting of Nations (Second Edition)

[Pg 19, 21, 25]


In depth post #5

During the Spring break, I used up some of my free time to work on my in-depth project. Despite the time of taking a break in Washington, I still managed to get some work down. My goal is to master photography and photoshop my own pictures. Therefore, I decided to bring my camera to Washington and I tried to take some pictures using the tips from my mentor. To be honest, I felt proud of myself because these pictures didn’t turn out to be that bad and I was actually happy with some of them. I brought the pictures back and they are now stored in my computer. I will try to pick out the best pictures and try my best to edit them. I am also going to organize another mentor meet with Ms. Gilder and she is going to teach me some skills to use in surrealism art and photoshop. Although Ms. Gilder had already taught me so many things, I still needed to explore photoshop by myself in order to get the idea. I’ve planned to search online for surrealism arts and try to understand its hidden meanings and its aesthetic values. I chose surrealism art because of its modern style and creative features. So far I learnt that surrealism art could have many styles and could be made with a variety of techniques. It isn’t something you look at and instantly understand. Different people will most likely to interpret the same surrealistic art differently and that’s the beauty of this type of arts. It’s trippy, it’s aesthetic and it’s expressive.

  1. What kinds of learning opportunities does the mentor provide to expose you to new learning?

My mentor had shown me theatre where was capable of shooting photos professionally. She also gave me sheets of instructions which reminded me the steps of using a camera.

  1. What kinds of learning opportunities exist to reinforce new learning?

First, Ms. Gilder was an excellent photography and she also has her own websites. I always use the images on her websites as examples. I also have a Canon camera from my grandfather, who is also a photography enthusiast.

  1. What kinds of opportunities exist that might accelerate learning?

Right now, I am staying after school in the graphic design room to work on my project because the computer runs photoshop much better. I also have Ms. Gilder’s examples, which helps me to become a professional at photography and photoshop techniques.

  1. When you get together what do you talk about?

We’ve talked about the techniques used in photography and how Ms. Gilder used to shine in the photography community in the past. She told me that she designed the graphic art that was later painted on the SkyTrain.

  1. What is going particularly well in your mentoring relationship right now?

Everything is going smoothly as I’ve learnt a lot about the techniques to use a proper camera. I also leant a lot about surrealism which I didn’t even know it was a thing in the past. I love modern arts because they are simple but strong and expressive.

  1. What are you learning about one another?

I’ve learnt that Ms. Gilder used to be a very famous graphic designer as well as a photographer. She was very well known for her advertising designs. She also did food photography, which I thought was also very cool.




here are some examples of surrealism arts

A letter to the KING

Dear King Charles II,

I greatly apologize interrupt your valuable time but please, your majesty, read over this letter from your faithful servant before it is too late.

The deadly plague had taken over our country, your majesty, and it had come to a very worrisome stage. Every time I peeked out from the window, all I see was terror, all I see was chaos, all I see was death. I hated to say this, but our people are suffering, they are demolished by this monstrous assassin, murdering everyone in sight. It is indeed heart-breaking for me to witness ordinary men on street with deep, black patches on their skins, banging their head on the wall to cease that unstopping headache. Vomiting, moaning, shouting, every night I had to suffer listening to people dying because of the plague. Save us, I pray to you, our only hope lies in your hand, thus, please think again before it is too late!

Your majesty, I am, and always will be your faithful knight, but it is way too painful to watch my relatives suffer in this merciless plague. I still had some faith inside of me before my son had died in the house and now, I am nearly hopeless. Every night when I had to comfort him that he would get better soon, I would see a ghostly blurry figure singing the nursery rhyme. “Ring-a-ring of roses. A pocketful of posies. Attischo, Attischo. We all fall down.” Growing up as a faithful knight, I’ve never been so terrified before.

It started as a bad fever, but gradually worsened and my dear son was covered in black patches. The worst part was the pus that grew under my son’s armpits, he almost died of pain when he attempted to pop one below his right arm. I, being his father, could only stand and watch him suffer, there’s nothing I could do, your majesty, nothing. I still remembered riding my trusty horse for miles to find a bundle of sweet smelling flower to cure my dear son. But it was completely fruitless. Then he started to sneeze, tears overcame me, because I knew, it was the end of our lovely relationship.

Therefore, my dear lord, please, please rethink your decision of leaving to Oxford. If you truly are the God, I beg you to save our people, families and the whole England. I pray to you, your majesty, if you truly are the god, prevent us from suffering, bring peace to our land. If you truly are the god, please proven yourself to your faithful people instead of leaving them to die. And I still believe in you, you King of England, Scotland and Ireland, and please don’t let your country down.

Your Most Faithful Knight

Hedwig Barn


In-depth post week #7 KEEP IT UP!!!

With great effort, I have made significant progress with my mentor, Ms. Gilder. This week, we mainly focused on photography than graphic design because it is more important to learn how to use a camera than editing it after on a computer. It had been an excellent experience for me and it felt magnificent to learn something that I am passionate about. This week, Ms. Gilder shown me a remarkable PowerPoint which guided me through the steps of using a camera and getting familiar with all the settings and compatibilities.

First, my mentor taught me the correct way to hold a camera to prevent from shaking too much. You must keep your elbows together against your chest and you need to keep your left hand under the lens, rather than on the sides. Keeps your legs open because the lower your center of gravity, the less you are going to move around. Always avoid leaning forward or backwards because you can easily lose your balance. Then, Ms. Gilder also shown me the reason why I need to shoot photo using RAW mode, which takes up more storage but has better quality and potential to edit after. We also went over focus, white balance, customs, shutter speed and so on. I indeed learnt a lot during the lesson and I planned to practice at home using my grandpa’s Canon camera.

What has been my most difficult mentoring challenge so far? Why?

To be honest, everything went super well this time and I truly learnt a lot about photo shooting and how to use a camera properly. The only thing that I might improve is asking more questions because therefore I can gain more useful information. I also need to pay attention to my e-mail because it is important to receive and reply an e-mail asap. Next time, Ms. Gilder and I are going to the studio at school and we are going to work on lighting and figure shooting. She mentioned that lighting is a key component that constructs the most important part of a professional photo.

What is working well? Why?

Everything turned out great on my previous lesson with Ms. Gilder. We touched many mechanicals in a camera and she also gave me specific instructions and examples to help me to understand better. I’ve learnt that the ISO is the control for the camera’s sensitivity to light. You really want to pay attention to the lighting in your picture which makes ISO a very significant control. Also, Ms. Gilder had shown me examples of pictures taken in different shutter speed. The shutter speed is how fast the camera captures the image, higher the shutter speed, darker the image will be because the camera isn’t letting any light to go in. Overall, it was a great experience and I’ve learnt a lot for sure.

What could be working better? How can you make sure this happens?

Ms. Gilder is an absolute expert in photography, which means she mostly will teach me about photography. In terms of graphic design, I always need to work on it in my spare time. I’ve found many useful online resources that helped me to comprehend different cool effects in photoshop cc. I need to set goals for myself and make sure I have a steady progress, therefore, my in-depth study will get better each week.



This picture shows pictures taken in a variety of shutter speeds, left to right from highest to lowest.


This picture shows different pictures taken with different ISO levels, as you can see, higher the ISO, brighter the picture.

Blog post: sourcing a significant personal object

Question: What is the significant story behind you object? Why is it significant?

In 2015, I visited Canada for the very first time, it was a gorgeous experience for me but later on I realized that I was faced with many challenges. Language became one of my biggest problem, as it is nearly impossible to travel anywhere without communicating in English. Later that summer, it was time when I had to go to middle school and I was extremely nervous. My grandpa came here and brought a necklace. First, it is for my good luck in middle school and second of all, it also represents the goat symbol in Chinese Zodiac years. The golden necklace had always been on my neck since then, it accompanied me for almost four years now.

Source: What type of source is this?

This is a primary source as the main object as it is the original object and it obtains the original information.

Context: What other events or developments were happening when the source was created?

When my grandpa gave me this necklace, I was ready to step into middle school, where I would be facing my first obstacle after arriving in a foreign country. Plus, 2015 was also the Goat Year in Chinese Zodiac years and the necklace symbolises protection and luck. If my grandpa gave me the necklace right now, it wouldn’t have much of a meaning than a jewelry.

Description: What do you notice that is important about this source? What can’t you explain?

The red string with tiny marbles is different because I changed it last year. I really cared about this necklace as it reminded me of the time when I first arrived in Canada. This is significant as it also represents the relationship between my grandpa and me. What I am unsure is where the necklace is created. I have no idea where and when my grandpa bought this necklace.

Inferences about perspective:

I assume that my grandpa bought this necklace in late 2014 because there is hardly any scratches when I received the necklace. I can also assume that my grandpa bought this necklace in a jewelry shop in China because of the pretty design and the nice polished surface.

Inference about inquiry question: what can you learn after examining the source?

After examining the necklace, I fount little dents on the golden ring that connects the string to the golden slide. After asking my grandpa, I know that the necklace was created in 20k gold. My grandpa gave it to me weeks before my birthday and wished me good luck.

Further questions?

The only question I have is “what went through this necklace before my grandpa gave it to me?”img_3907img_3906

History blog post #1

“How do we know what is important to learn about the past?”

The history is a massive topic, broad, general and vague, it is not possible for human beings to fully absorb every detail. There is too much history to remember, so how do we decide which part is important to learn about currently? We need to choose the significant events that occurred in the past, for example, World War II made massive changes to the human history over a great period of times. In general, we need to learn about the events that made great impacts to the society, and to the world we now live in. In other words, when considering historical significance, we ask: What and who should be remembered, researched and taught? Historical significant event often depends on three criteria, it depends on how notable, widespread and symbolic the event was. For example, the Black Death is probably more important than the day when a wise man caught a butterfly. We try to look at the events that reveal problems, taking the Black Death as an example, it was estimated to kill about 30-60% of Europe’s total population. That revealed the medication problem in the past, which accelerated the society to advance on medications.

As mentioned before, the historical significant event ought to be notable, widespread and symbolism. The American Revolution, for example, is a very notable event and it is indeed a significant event to learn about as the American Patriots won independence from Great Britain, becoming the United States of America. This event is highly recognized as it made great impact to the human history.

In addition, a historical event that is significant to learn about need to obtain the corresponding historical worth. That is, of how people evaluate the event. It is almost like a story, where it grows bigger and bigger and eventually reaching the climate. Same applies to the historical events, there are other chronological events that form up a sequence.

Beside all that, different people have different opinion, so historical significant events are often depend on the specific historian. Many historians have their own bias and opinions. Sometimes, it also depends on the current political relationship between the regions, because some countries might not want things that are somewhat shameful to be written on the textbooks. Specific country intends to produce its ideal people which produces a different perspective of the history.