Siouxland is always within reach

23 Apr

In the few community college photography courses I teach to adults, I emphasize that what I really want them to learn is to see. Cameras and the other accessories available, like flash, are just the means to the end. And it doesn’t matter how they see, but look beyond the snapshot and focus on what it is you, the photographer, wants the viewer to see. As I have read in many places and pass along to these students, a painter starts with a blank canvas and adds to it to create his/her vision, whereas a photographer has too many objects in the frame and must begin eliminating and boil the image down to just the essential of what it is he/she wants to convey.

And so, get out, explore the “world”, whether it is your street in your neighborhood or the next town over. Go discover and shoot. Practice is always good. Because your vision and what you see is always within reach.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

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