Just got back from the Algonquin Student Photography Grad show. It was a pretty good showing of work and they had a packed turn out. On my way back to my car I noticed the simplicity of this single large brick smoke stack against the sky and I was struck by the irony of imagery. All of these students have worked tirelessly to get to the point of showing their year's work. They've learned everything from lighting to Photoshop, and have shed tears along the way I'm sure. Oh yeah.......the irony - they've spent one or two years learning stuff to do their best to create imagery, now they need to unlearn a bit of it to open their eyes to the simplicity of what's already around them.
I've spent tons of years learning photo stuff and I still need to remind myself to keep things simple and focus on what's already in-front of me. Maybe irony isn't the best word, but I do know that you do need to learn the rules so that you can break them now and again - hopefully the profs have prepared the students to a bit of unlearning too. ;)
© Dwayne Brown