Just photographing has never been enough. You can tell by all the videos I’ve been doing, sharing the process and the backstage magic is equally as important to me as getting the final result. I am always excited to see people getting interested in analog photography, and there is no better way to make their path easier than teaching! This is the main reason why I am doing an MFA, not a regular MA in Photography: after MA it’s a long story of getting a PhD before you can teach, while MFA is a degree letting you lead courses at university level. Not like I am really considering being tied down to rules, schedules and bureaucracy (what a university actually is), my plan is leaning more towards independent courses and workshops with very few attendants.
For that to get real, work is going in two directions: setting up a space for classes, which I wrote about in the previous post, and learning teaching methods. I’ve assisted one photography professor before, and am doing a teaching assistant job with another right now, analyzing their every word, their ways of interacting, of explaining, of course structuring, of guiding and motivating students and constantly thinking how I would do it. I sure know I will be like neither of them, as I already have my own course plan and vision. Yet I am super-lucky to have actually pretty amazing people to assist, as they are extremely different in teaching approaches, and I can take the best bits
I am also lucky to be working with a group of really talented and driven young students. It’s boiling hot in Florence (34°C, 93°F), I am trying to minimally get out of air-conditioned spaces, and those guys are bringing amazing daytime photos from the streets!
A bit over a month ago I also had this wonderful experience of presenting my work to a group of students from Webster Geneva university, where my love with analog started. It felt great. I felt at my right place. Just like I feel next to an enlarger
I know there is still a huge way to go, but I also know it’s gonna be an awesome one!