Wonderful words! I agree completely,
on 12/30/05 12:41 PM, Patricia Knott at pknott@...
> I've been teaching photo for many years and it's my favorite class.
> What I like best is that so many students who think they are not
> "artists' because drawing is a struggle, find a vision with the camera.
> You have to teach the basics and fundamentals and those are
> easily found through searching
> But you have to give the magic.
> This semester I've been teaching digital and not the chemical and I
> miss the magic so much. No computer can mimic the delight of peering
> into the developer tray and seeing an image "appear." No thing
> equals opening the tank and seeing a roll of negatives that
> worked. I forever hear the screams of delight from students who
> went through the process and got the results. One time I had a girl
> who had to call her mom at the moment.
> Photo is all about the wonder. And that is what you have to teach
> and convey. As soon as you give them the vision all the rest is cake.
> Granted, today's youth, who are so accustomed to push button, have a
> bit of struggle with the controls. But they will respond to the
> teaching that it's not just a push button.
> My best advice is to make imaginative shooting assignments -- force
> them to search and look
> for every kid, find at least one image on their contact sheets that
> is or has the potential for "wow." The technical stuff comes easy
> when they know that they can make "wow."
> Everything we do in any art course comes from our love and passion.
> When you can find the passion to share, the lessons come easily. When
> you make it your own -- the kids see the passion.
> B&W photo is so forgiving it's easy to get past the mistakes
> teach them that it is the vision not the process
> move them to really look and the rest of it will come easily.
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