A front row seat.

The wonder and beauty of teaching photography is that you often get a front row seat to the student’s creative mind discovering. You watch and sit back amazed at how your instructions or mild directions on a page (the class brief) can result in works of art which are stepping on the toes of already established artists. We believe that every student has it in them – whether its one shot of brilliance or a slow growing seed that moves from strength to strength — we all can achieve “it”. If one can ignore the “rights of passage” and politics the professional endures, and appreciate- in our case – the photographic art as a raw manifestation of a personal journey, we can hear the peaceful harmony – the pure connection. It is in this that as educators and mentors we have our “aha!” moment.

A recent work by graphic designer Peter Wilbourne came across the desk the other day and it’s just fascinating. His association between the forgotten newspapers – the forgotten news – and the homeless struck a chord in many taking the Learning to See course. The service of the printed page, and it’s abandonment, created a question of value in our minds. The paper moves in value as it gets handed around throughout the day until it becomes something left on the street. Paper – like cardboard-  draw associations and connections to a “fabric” of the homeless. These images , sidelined with the hard hitting quotes, mix beauty of imagery with raw and honest accounts and truth from the street. These papers are like silhouettes of interviewees on television — you can see them but not identify them – they remain obscure but true.

Click on the photos to enlarge them should you wish to read the inserts.

All images ©Peter Wilbourne 2010

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