The first project in the FreeCode Camp Responsive Web certification section was to create a tribute page with a responsive image. Simple enough, right? Basic HTML and CSS. Except I struggled for a hot minute and then some.

I totally farted on how to set up my HTML document. I know. It’s terrible! After looking at some Udacity projects I completed I figured it out and was humming along nicely in building out the skeleton.

Then I stopped.

Not for any good reason.

I just froze. Couldn’t go on! I thought I wouldn’t be able to do the project. Something as simple as throwing HTML and CSS together for a single page web site with a header, text, photos and links that were responsive. I let the code skeleton sit. And sit. And sit and sit and sit for almost a week before I sat down to tackle it. The nonsense of it all was starting to get to me.

I finished in one afternoon. * face palm *

I created a tribute page to Dana Scruggs, a Brooklyn-based photographer who recently became the first black female photographer to shoot for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. True to the write-ups I’ve read, I’ve never heard of Scruggs until she became a trending topic on Twitter and other photographers I follow were shouting her out on Instagram.

I clicked over to her website and Instagram. I was hooked.

In a world where I’m so used to seeing fair-skinned photography subjects, Scrugg’s work was a welcome addition to the sea of portraiture. What I particularly love about her work is the variances in the skin tones she captures, as well as the staccatic movements of her subjects. It’s a kind of dance and you begin to feel that dance as you look through her portfolio.

screenshot of my CodePen.io tribute page app
screenshot of my CodePen.io for the Tribute Page project

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Published by Gina

Writer and photographer in Brooklyn, NY.

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