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The Photographer’s First Challenge

The Coruscating Camera

I saw this billboard outside our hotel in Tashkent. It reminded me of our digital  lab at Holyoke Community College. The good news is that our digital photo lab is running with the fewest problems of its short history.

My students are the best part of the new semester. I am teaching two small Digital Fine Art classes and a huge Basic Photography class. Students love working with classic black and white film. The joy of seeing one’s picture appearing on the surface of a previously white piece of paper still cannot be matched. Well, actually, iPhones are amazing too.

I’m sure my digital/film students will rise to the challenge of making fresh pictures in a world where millions of pictures are made every day.

There is a good reason to pick up a camera and point it at the world. We do it to as a response to all…

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