Saturday, July 14, 2012


You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself.
--Alan Alda (b.1936) American actor.

I took part in teaching a week long course in digital media a couple weeks ago to 10 high school students. In the short time we had to cover digital photography, I wanted to give them lots of different photographic opportunities. For instance, we practiced portraits, sports photography, abstracts and landscapes. For our field trip, I took them to downtown Elizabethton, TN. They loved the covered bridge, but what they really enjoyed were all the colors and rough textures of the old buildings. Even the alleyway was exciting for them in terms of exploring various concepts I had taught them to be looking for: textures, lines, light and shadows, layers and abstract opportunities.  We had a wonderful afternoon doing something I usually don't do in terms of photography...exploring the city.

Elizabethton really has a marvelous, clean, welcoming and interesting downtown. Lots of restaurants, furniture stores, gift shops and antiques.

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