By Samantha McGrath
“You have to makes choices always. It’s about the omission of something for the sake of another.” – Edward Zwick
One of our focus questions we were given to ponder was: What does freedom mean and who decides what form it takes? During the Alcatraz audio tour, the question “Where are you from?” came to mind, as one of the best-kept secrets of Alcatraz is that there was families that lived on the island. The families of the guards of the prison lived there and their children grew up there, taking a boat to school each day.
The audio tour stated that on New Year’s Eve, if the wind was blowing just right, those on the island could hear music and girls’ laughter over the water. To give you a sense of this place, both now and in times past, I created this short slide show:
“For most people, coming to terms with place is ultimately a personal matter. In many respects, place is also about relationships, both among people and between us and our experiences and associations with a particular time and space.”