I previously wrote about my new Photo Club I’ve started at Danko and I wanted to talk a little bit more about how it’s been going. We’ve held 7 classes so far and just did our first field trip. Attempting to teach a technical topic in a foreign language is incredibly challenging to say the least but my students are patient and some know enough English to help me translate. The biggest challenge at my last attempt at a photo club was attendance and it’s still a bit of a challenge but I’m averaging 9 students or so out of 12 at each class, having cameras and computers to play with definitely keeps their attention. I’ve been teaching basic concepts like the ‘Rule of 1/3s’ and ‘Leading Lines’ but mostly we walk around Balykchy taking photos while I give them pointers along the way.
Are first field trip (of 4 total) was last Saturday to Bishkek. The capital city is only 2 hours away yet the students rarely get to visit. Most go once a year or so and two of my students had never been. They really enjoyed walking around the city and I was able to show them many things they had no idea existed in their country. It was also really hot so of course they ate ice cream, lots of it. Below are some photos from the field trip. Scroll down for photos from my students.
Here is a gallery of photos by various students. I’ll leave their names off for now but I’ll share a gallery of their credited work this fall when we prepare for an exhibition.