The Online Photographer: Feet Are Optional

Why good students don't make good photographers...

The Online Photographer: Feet Are Optional: "So, anyway, I discovered something curious early on: the kids who did well in photography and the kids who didn't were turned upside-down vis-a-vis the school's usual hierarchy of achievement. Many of the best photography students came from among the school's rebels and outcasts, the low-achievers and the marginalized. Many of the school's academic hotshots, by contrast, didn't fare well in my classes.

The reason? I came to believe that it was because success in art is a 'no-no-no-no-no-yes' proposition, whereas success in, say, math is a 'yes-yes-yes-yes-yes-yes-yes and it better be learned in the right order too' proposition. The kids who functioned at a high level in terms of the school as a whole were simply uneasy with my assignments."

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