This Summer has brought me many unexpected opportunities and I have not been writing in this space as often as I wanted. Just like it is not really possible to catch up on sleep, I will not be able to really catch up on blogging but the entry below was worth sharing.
During the last two weeks of June I lead a small class for teens on digital photography for The Mainline Art Center in Haverford. The Art Center runs Summer programs aimed at different ages with classes targeting a specific medium and they were looking for someone to teach digital photography for their first Teen Studio session for this Summer.
The first session started on June 20 and unfortunately some of the local schools had not yet let out for the Summer. Because we had a smaller class I was able to spend more time individually with each of the students and our group got close and had a lot of fun.
Check out the class’ Flickr Group.
This was their first photography class so we concentrated on having fun finding interesting photographs and using photoshop to manipulate the images afterwards in the computer.
The saying goes “the best camera is the one you have with you.” I showed the class many images I had made using my cellphone. I wanted them to see that good photographs are not made by the camera, they are made by the photographer.
I shot all the assignments along with the class. It was a lot of fun to allow myself to play with my compact digital camera without over-thinking technique or gear.
Sometimes we can drown in the deep end of the technical pool of photography. I hope my students had as much fun as I did, and that they never forget the joy of making images.
There will be another session of Digital Photography for The Mainline Art Center’s Teen Studio. It starts August 1st and it will be taught by Ed Marco.