One unexpected development in my photographic work in recent years is my involvement in teaching and photographic education. I have always presented on my work in conjunction with my exhibitions and shows, but increasingly I have been asked to present on my work independently, speaking to students or photographers, and discussing my techniques and approaches to working, both in terms of technology (large format and digital) and subject matter (the Nude).
In 2004, I was invited to present on my work to the New Brunswick
Craft College photo program in Fredericton.This year, the same
invitation was repeated. One component of the presentation is a live
demonstration of my working approach in the studio - for the first visit
to the College, Miranda was kind enough to come up from Nova Scotia but
for this year, I felt it would be preferable to work with a New
Brunswick model. As things turned out, Jesse was available, and willing,
so after one cancellation for snow, we set off a week later (the day
after another major snow storm) for Fredericton.
As with my
first visit to the College, the presentation was well received (the
students all had an assignment on the Nude due two weeks after my visit,
so there was extra motivation to pay attention from their perspective).
The studio session was, as always, too short but, as with the previous
demonstration, in addition to presenting various techniques for lighting
and framing an image, I actually managed to make a number of images
that I am very pleased with.
As with my first visit in 2004, I was struck by how different it is to work in front of an audience, and try to verbalize the decisions that lead to the making of an image while creating it - Jesse was wonderfully patient and her comfort with the situation and process only made the experience stronger for myself and the students of the Craft College.
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