Hi, my name is Lou Krueger, I’m a photographer, an instructor, and I’ll be leading your First Week Experience. The FWE gives you a chance to get to know each other and Alfred as well as this year…learn lots about experimental cameras!
Our technical goal for the week is not a simple one. You will build 45 wooden cameras (there are 90 of you in the group, you’ll work in pairs); expose 4×5 black and white paper negatives in your cameras; process them in the darkroom; scan and print these images digitally; exhibit your work on Friday, August 29.
That’s the easy goal, and the other one, the difficult one? I want you to manage all of the aforementioned camera-building and image-making within the context of self-reflection. As you begin to carve out the early stages of your artistic/personal identity, I’d like to know who you are? Why you’ve chosen art? What do you believe (about anything!)? What really matters? Your definition for success? The list endless… but we have to begin somewhere so we’ll begin here
Image, Object and Identity
As part of my artist’s statement I include the words: “I believe in the power of stories. I am a storyteller.” With that in mind I want you to begin to tell your story. If I asked you to write your story in 100 words what would you say? Who are you, what’s your story? What do you want people to know about you and ten years from now what would you like your story to be. Therefore, in order to give you a place to start with your cameras I ask that you bring the following items with you to campus:
- At least one printed photograph of you (somewhere between hand and head size works nicely). You may use more if you’d like.
- An object(s) of personal significance that can be photographed (basketball size or smaller)
Please be prepared to explain why you brought those particular images and objects. In both cases the more meaningful the image or object is to you, the better the story.
Learn to tell a good story.
We begin, August 24 at 8:00 AM….
I’ll see you then.