Real life intervened and my interest in photography faded. When digital cameras became the norm, I stepped back in, but mostly to use “point & shoot” techniques to produce “documentary” photos of graffiti, abandoned shopping carts, and blight scenes for blogging articles. I did manage to evolve to documenting various community work projects as a means of escaping the Petaluma Blight Beat.
Of course there was “instruction” in the formal sense…
Plus, there was field work–in the rain–to put some of the techniques to use…
I won’t be so hyperbolic as to say that the class was transformational–but it has pointed me in a new direction in terms of how I will spend my time.
One of the immediate consequences for me was to start a photo blog as a companion to this site.
Check out The Petaluma Spectator Photo Blog to see if I learned anything!
- Additions to the photo blog will be infrequent (it takes time for the “good stuff” ) and I will change it from time to time as I continue experimenting.
- I will also be going through my inventory of past Petaluma photos to see if, by accident, any qualify for the new photo blog. One has already made it.
Thanks again to the Petaluma Arts Council and to Frederic Larson!
By the way, just to prove that old habits die hard, I did take note of a graffiti tag on the sidewalk just outside the building and made a photo collage placing the tag on the door…
Oops! Did I just tag the Petaluma Arts Center??