a last minute plea for help

A reader by the name of Stacey is asking for our help!

Here’s the note:

I’m a photography student graduating from WCC this(!) semester. Tomorrow is my portfolio review. I have prepared a book of street photography of various ypsilanti characters as my final project. You can see the series here.

I need a name for my book! The images were taken during walks around Ypsi. The book is bound in a screw post book made out of wood paneling. There are description pages preceding each image, so it’s kind of turned into a narrative. A narrative severely lacking in title. I kind of thought “a walking tour of ypsilanti,” but James Mann already sorta lays claim to that.

So, any ideas for our aspiring young photographer?

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  1. mark
    Posted December 13, 2006 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Somewhere, there’s a list of all the incorrect ways people spelled the name Ypsilanti back in the 1800’s. I belive they were collected by the local postmaster at the time. My favorite was “Slippery Shanty.” Perhaps that would make a good name. “Scenes from Slippery Shanty.”

  2. schutzman
    Posted December 13, 2006 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    The Ypsilanti list was published in “Down by the Depot” by Dodd and Mann.

    In related news, I’m not an intellectual property lawyer, but I don’t think you can copyright the concept of simultaneously walking and talking.

    As for a title, how about:

    “Sorry I wasn’t able to get a photo of ‘Eyes Without a Face’ or ‘Soul Train.’ They’re moderately elusive. That one dude with the beard who’s always playing trivia at Aubree’s is totally in there, though.”

    Too wordy?

    Then maybe: “My Life in Ypsi?” or, “Ypsilanti: The revolution starts here?”

    Those are probably both available.

    I’ve been living here way too long. Just needed to say that.

  3. Shanster
    Posted December 14, 2006 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    How about ‘General Ypsilantians’?

  4. ChelseaL
    Posted December 14, 2006 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    Dunno, but those a wonderful photos!

  5. UBU
    Posted December 14, 2006 at 9:13 am | Permalink


  6. kayt
    Posted December 14, 2006 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Maybe too kitchy, but… Ypsography?

  7. staceykittyface
    Posted December 14, 2006 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Thanks for everyone’s comments! I really appreciate it and I have to say, I really like “General Ypsilantians.”

    The public part of the portfolio review starts at 5 tonight (thursday) at the Morris Lawrence bldg at WCC if anyone is interested to see what I and the other 8 graduates were up to all semester.

    Thanks again!

  8. It's Skinner Again
    Posted December 14, 2006 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    “Ypsi Facto”

  9. It's Skinner Again
    Posted December 14, 2006 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Oops, crossed comments. Good luck, Stacey!

  10. Ted Glass
    Posted December 14, 2006 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    How about, “Ypsilanti isn’t so bad. None of these people tried to murder me.”

  11. egpenet
    Posted December 14, 2006 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Never ask for advice on a blog … hee, hee …

    Anyhow …


  12. mark
    Posted December 14, 2006 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    The photo of James Mann is my favorite. The way the light falls on his is really great… I meant to mention that yesterday.

    I hope your portfolio review went well. Give us an update if you have a chance.

  13. staceykittyface
    Posted December 15, 2006 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    The review did go pretty well, thanks for asking. I was told by people who had only seen the images online that the book was a lot more engaging with the drawings and the writing. It was sort of done in this, for lack of better term, deconstructed style that put some people off, but I think overall the people that I wanted to get it, got it. I guess that’s about as good as I could have hoped for.

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