Did you know that I've owned as many cameras in my lifetime as the number of times the Washington Redskins have made the playoffs in my brief 5-year teaching career? For all of you not counting, that would be one. My 2008 maroon Nikon "Coolpix" was utilized as many times as my Washington Redskins won a playoff game over the last 5 years. Not surprisingly, that is also one. I'll be honest, cameras and the whole taking pictures bit--never really been my thing. I like to live in the moment and see things through my own eyes, not through the lens of some rapid-fire LCD HD camera. No matter how "cool" the "pix" are.
But lately I've been reflecting about how awesome photography can be. After all, it's our only true effort to stop and capture a moment in time. I've had the pleasure of encountering many different students who are phenomenal with a camera, and the art that is photography. I've always envied the artistic skills of students like Nina Monroy (Class of 2011) and Lanie Patterson (Class of 2011), who both write as well as they dream up beautiful images. I'm baffled by the natural talents of students like Giuli Cardoso (Class of 2012) and Sydney Sullivan (Class of 2009). They make photography look so easy, yet so awesome. Of course, there are numerous students like Jerome Ryan (Class of 2012) and Mikayla Posk (Class of 2012) who have yet to reach their potential in photography (or art in general), but their potential alone inspires me to write this post. Finally, I cannot forget my own sister, Liz Berey, who has an uncanny knack for taking amazing pictures and then uses them to create the kind of coffee table photo books that we can only find in Barnes and Noble.
Just as I look forward to seeing the Washington Redskins make the playoffs this year, I look forward to exploring photography this school year. And perhaps I'll share my work in progress on this blog. In the meantime, since my Nikon "Coolpix" is long gone, you will have to suffer through the photographic limitations of my iPhone 3GS.
Thank you to all my students (and friends and family) who have showed me that photography is so much more than living through the lens of a camera.
Here are some pictures from my always-changing, non-traditional classroom: