Thomas S. Stewart Secondary School: Film Photography – Nateure’s Plate 2019
Title: TASSS Film Photography Students Beyond the Lens
Tu to Th 11 am to 10 pm
F to Sat 11 am to 11 pm
M | Sun Closed
Students embark upon an exploration of traditional photography and darkroom techniques as they explore the world through the camera lens.
The images they make embody the spirit of the beginning and end of a five-month relationship - their first experience with a pinhole camera - and culminates with what they consider their best work.
Students first work with a cardboard box, making a pinhole image (oddly, not being able to see through the lens at all!). What emerges is a surprise, an initial realization of their search for interesting subjects full of contrast and natural design.
Subsequently, upon experiencing reality through the viewfinder of a 35 mm camera, they navigate their way through a world of image and sensation, gaining greater autonomy and more fully informed control over the final photographic product.
Beyond the Lens suggests working through a process - coming out the other side with newly discovered vision, experience and confidence. It also suggests the notion of experimentation. Working with mixed media and alternative processes offers the student the opportunity to embellish, distort, and manipulate the image. It’s fun and it’s liberating.
Ultimately students emerge from the film photography class having observed, absorbed and processed the potential beauty of a street corner, an abandoned yard or a secluded figure with a newfound understanding of the form, content, and significance of the everyday.