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March 18, 2011 / pcatcityartsri

Talking about Photography.

After taking a multitude of art history classes and sitting through brutal critiques, I can honestly say I’ve learned something valuable – I’ve learned how to talk about art and photography. This is what I try and pass on the the students I work with at City Arts. I’ve posted several pictures of my city arts partner, Shailia. She is 10 years old and in the 5th grade. The progress I see her making every week is incredible. However, while she was taking good pictures, she wasn’t really thinking about it. I would often stop her, “Why are you taking a picture of that?” or “Why do you like that picture?” Her answer would often be, “Because it looks cool.” Now, who am I to judge? Maybe I’ve set her life on a course that has her becoming the next big photographer. After all, my life was changed by thinking that very thing, “That photo looks cool. I could get into this.”
But last week, Shailia finally had some pretty profound answers for why she was taking the pictures she did. There was one shot down an alley way. I asked her why she liked that image. She said, “because it looks like it’s going way back.” What she was referring to was the strong one point perspective the alley created. That was such a crucial moment. She took a photo for a specific reason and was able to articulate why. I can’t wait to see what this girl does next week šŸ™‚

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