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Mikko Makki, In the Drink, 2021


In the Drink
Written as told to Bethany Maki

After sustaining an acquired brain injury 6 years ago, I gave up photography. My reduced cognitive capabilities and processing speed just didn’t allow me to use traditional cameras. But the iPhone camera let me get back into taking still shots to some degree.

I had always wanted to explore videography before my injury, so when Breaking Barriers offered a video class, I trusted them to guide my broken brain through learning this medium. It was very hard, honestly too hard, for me. This video reflects my confusion and anxiety through the class. There are so many elements to consider in creating a video—story planning, visual and audio creation, editing, etc. I now have a great appreciation for what videographers must do. This was humbling and let me know that while there are some things I can do, there are many I can’t. Knowing where those barriers are is important for my health. Not all barriers have to be broken to succeed.




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Breaking Barriers is a project by USFCAM in collaboration with the USF School of Art and Art History, with Support from the USF Office of Veterans Success, Community Arts Impact Grant Program of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Love IV Lawrence 2020 Waves of Change Grant, and additional support from the ACE Arts for Community Engagement Fund and the Florida Department of State.