The last time I did any real ‘people’ photography outside of family events was in the late 90’s when I was on the yearbook staff at my university. For much of that time I was on the sidelines at all sorts of lesser known sporting events. That was the only place I could get an assignment. Since university my photography has focused much more on travel, and somewhat more on lifestyle but I have never been very strong in capturing people in their natural environment.
Last fall when I was cruising around the itunes app store I came across this app for PICBOD, downloaded it not knowing what it was and found out it was a tool for an open university photography course. The course was title picturing the body. I filed the class in the back of my brain and thought I would really like to come back to that after I learned that a new course wouldn’t be starting until January 2012.
So here we are, and here I am, and now I am enrolled in the course. I’ve gotten through the first assignment and was at first a bit skeptical of the twitter/blog/flkr approach for the ‘online’ students like myself but somehow it seems to work. No doubt we are not getting the same level of information as the students in the live classroom, but I am having fun, and I am being pushed to try things that I normally would not do. That is what learning is all about.
If nothing else, maybe the course will prove I was in the wrong major in University.
For more information on the free undergraduate PICBOD photography class check out their website.