The most challenging - and most rewarding - class I teach is Beginning Photography (ART112), a 3-credit course at SUNY Broome. It's old school: black-and-white film, all manual 35mm SLRs, darkroom processing and printing. Teaching silver-based, hands-on, photography to students whose sole experience with photography has been restricted to smartphones, can be demanding. At the start of the semester, loading a roll of film for the first time can be intimidating for a novice, not to mention, reading a meter, processing film and making prints. But by the end of the semester, many students have become quite comfortable assessing and controlling exposure, composition, tone, and contrast as they complete their portfolios. And when they move on from this class, they take with them the realization that they are quite capable of creating great work while seeing their world with new eyes.
What follows is a mini-gallery of three prints each by two accomplished students - Olivia Grozier and Paulina Heuss - who completed Beginning Photography in the Fall 2019 semester.