changes in latitude

today i travel to spain….once settled, i should have a couple of days free to catch up with posts here…now  in sicily and my internet connect  has been all but non-existant or i have been totally immersed with student work… a quick look at the comments from my last post and i can see that …

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talent or hard work or…??

i was just sitting down to write a piece about the relationship between raw  talent and hard work….i have my views based on personal experience, looking at many photographers develop over the years, and just having seen the daily work of 17 students over the last two weeks who have varying degrees of "natural ability".. …

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moving on

one of the things almost all of my students have in common, besides being serious about photography, is that they are invariably in some state of transition in their lives…when i chat one on one with each of them, they always tell me that a life change is in the making…sometimes a student has just …

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a day off

today is sunny and warm and the sea beckons…..no students…..no energy…….burned out….i will head for the beach…..but, i already know what will happen……about 10 minutes sitting on the beach and i will get bored…..working on my tan just does not work….i grew up by the sea, so i do totally love the sea, but i …

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parting

yes yes parting is  indeed sweet sorrow…..i am always amazed at the bonding and friendships which are built in just a week of working together with my students  in these photographic workshops….and this morning we will all hug goodbye, promise to write , and all hope we meet again soonest….some students i will never see …

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sicily good friday

i cannot stay with you long now, because i have 8 students who will be expecting me in just a few minutes to  go over all of the work they shot yesterday….on the first day of shooting , i ask them to edit loosely and i will probably look at about 25-50 pictures from each…after …

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new class

in about two hours i will meet 8 new students…..for some reason, this is always a bit awkward….because all i can remember are the students from the previous workshop…i tend to think, where did they go?? the rest of the afternoon will be spent looking at the portfolios of this new group….the students are from …

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from sicily

hello from sicily… nice full moon, but it is 1am my  time , so i will crash….i will post early tomorrow…. ciao, david

off to sicily

dear readers, i leave for sicily today to teach a small class  built around the Easter processions which are oh so passionate in italy…during this week, i will photograph side by side with my students….i will post as often as possible while i am in sicily, but my primary obligation will, of course, be to …

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jail

i just returned from jail…..a 6 hour bureaucratic nightmare to visit "uptown" (see march 23 post )…yes, "uptown" is in the maximum security section at Rikers Island Correctional Facility here in new york….he committed  a parole violation and is paying with 6 months of his 31 year old life….one third of his life has already …

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