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Thanks,
Kevin and Bonnie



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P is for Photography. There is something cliché about the magic of the darkroom, seeing the image emerge on the dektol soaked paper, but there is truth at the origin of most clichés. Photography has been a central axis of my life ever since a high school photo class, and an inspiring art teacher, opened my eyes to the view of the world through a lens. I had put off taking a visual arts class until my senior year, instead focusing on the rigors of the "academic" classes to ensure preparedness for college. Within the art room I found a world that allowed me to push boundaries, my own and those of whatever medium I was working in. The limits of learning a particular set of information fell away, as there was always a new technique to be learned, an improvement to be made, or a creative twist to add to whatever project was underway. The hours I spent in the darkroom frequently impinged upon my physics class, but another understanding teacher (the physics teacher was also a photographer) let me treat the two classes with a sense of flex time. If only we could incorporate some of that flexibility into our current school paradigm, engaging the students where their passions lie, outside the constraints of a 50, 60 or 75 minute class period.

Sarah, HS art teacher, Maine





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