Day 1 Reflection - Photography Needs Time

Hossein came into the workshop with a great deal of equipment and enthusiasm. He had every idea of what he wanted to discuss but the students were a little bit scattered. One had to leave 45 minutes early (leaving her 15 minutes to sit in) and one left 15 minutes early. Though Hossein and I had planned a whole day’s worth of activities, which would include some photography work as well as some photo editing, we were unable to fulfill our goals. We instead spent most of our time looking at Hossein’s photos and talking about issues of representation as well as technical qualities of his photos. Though I wish the students had had a chance to do a hands-on activity, I was at least glad that they were exposed to the craft and choices that go into photography and that they were able to ask questions of an Iranian photographer.