On Teaching.

De Ferrier, Untitled. 2020 Cyanotype and stitching on fabric.

At my exhibition for Landings I had a few inquiries on how some of my work was made, especially camera less images and cyanotypes. I suggested that I could run a workshop to share my ideas, and help people to feel confident about making their own images. This idea had to be put on hold for the time being, due to rapidly rising COVID 19 cases here in Texas.

“I really didn’t have much to teach. I didn’t even believe in it. I felt so strongly that everybody had to find their own way. And nobody can teach you your own way….In terms of art, the only real answer that I know of is to do it. If you don’t do it, you don’t know what might happen.” Harry Callahan, 1991.

Robert Adams quotes Harry Callaghan in his book Why People Photograph. While I don’t necessarily agree that I do not have anything to teach, I very much agree with his statement ‘the only real answer is to do it’. It can be difficult for some to move out of the thinking about art stage. I am definitely driven to taking action, to make work, to accept failures and to learn from them.

ADAMS, Robert. 1994. Why People Photograph: Selected Essays and Reviews. 1st ed. New York: Aperture.

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