I don’t think there’s any such thing as teaching people photography, other than influencing them a little. People have to be their own learners. They have to have a certain talent.
Imogen Cunningham

I agree with this quote very much. I attend Antonelli Institute in Glenside, PA. Its a professional private art college specializing in graphic design & photography. When I first came to the school I was so passionate, eager, & just ready to photograph. Little did I know our whole first year was black & white film. Film was a challenge specially 35mm & 4×5. My first role of film came out completely blank … literally! I must had did this ten times or so before I got actual images. I found out it was my film advance inside the camera. I specifically remembering the one instructor (who is no longer with us today) saying “I commend you on your work efforts. Most people would have given up and you just kept going & going” That meant something to me. You must believe in yourself in order for yourself to succeed in life. When other people where it be friends, family, boyfriend, girlfriend believes in you, that also helps aid in success. After I had finished my first whole year of film I was kind of relieved. Their is so much work to developing film and well some of my classmates just didn’t care. I’m thinking “why are you even at this college when you don’t care?” I was planning on returning to college for my second year. That didn’t happen due to financial reasons. So I got myself a full time job in a warehouse & made money for myself even living with my parents. Later that year, I had lost my father. Little did I know I didn’t expect to return to college in 2013 without a father. The only thing I did was move forward. Time doesn’t stop for anyone. So during my third semester I had trouble refocusing myself back on track with my photography. It was rough at first but after week 8, I had picked myself up & took it to another level. My images improved and I also improved as a person. Now that its the finial week before Christmas break, everyone is starting to lose their touch. Imogen Cunningham was right, there are certain people with a niche talent for their photography & others well I think for them its just a hobby. 

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I was given a word assignment by one of my instructors. The assignment consisted of several words that the students would have to go out and photograph whether it was created in the studio or found outside the school. That particular week, we were given the word “Liberty”. At first I thought, “how am I suppose to create liberty”? When I think of liberty, I think of freedom, the Declaration of Independence, the statue of liberty etc. We were given two weeks for the assignment. I literally couldn’t think of what I can come up with. A week had gone by and I had nothing. It was in the second week I had thought of something. See, you can’t think and try to create an image. As a photographer, you must let it come to you. At first the thought might come right away but in time it will come. I was about to leave school, it was a monday. I sat in my car and I had three cents in my car at the time. I also wanted a hot cup of tea. Then it dawned on me. “The Boston Tea Party” I tried to remember as much as I can from when I had first learned about it in middle school at the time. I had went out and got the supplies only I didn’t have enough time to make the photograph look like the present time. The photograph you see is a modern interpretation of the tea party. For those of you who don’t know what “The Boston Tea Party” was, you can most likely go on google and research it for yourself. Basically the story is “Taxation without Representation” When I had put the image up on the wall for critique, my instructor didn’t understand it. The goal of the assignment was to create an image so when you look at the image you can interpret what word it meant. The whole class understood my concept and he eventually caught on. I had gotten a good grade on the image and well after the critique, we were given the next word to photograph. It only got more challenging.

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”Photography was a license to go whenever I wanted and to do what I wanted to do.” – Diane Arbus

One of my favorite quotes by Diane Arbus. Whenever I pick up my camera I  Free from anything and everything. I can go and photograph anywhere I want to in life. I can be in one place today and across the country the next morning. It’s almost as if I feel like its my job to photograph what others don’t see. I have a duty. That duty is to preserve a memory or some sort of meaning or event that happened in time. Photography is never the same. The principle is, but everyday you learn something different whether it’s about yourself, the model/client or the weather & light patterns. As photographer we see things differently with our eyes in everyday life more than the general public does. Some photographer’s don’t have an “eye”, they have the imagination where they simply create a stunning photograph in studio one day at a time. If only the famous inspirational photographers from the 1900’s were here, I wonder what other kind of advice they would give today’s learning photographers besides the famous quotes that they left behind.

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