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Framing Your Own Story

Consider this – using an existing archive of photographs to create your own story. How can you use photographs, within a training session, so that participants can isolate and create their own pictures? Easily – by taking an existing archive and framing a scene. By doing so participants can make a meaningful and artistic statement … Continue reading

Outside the square – literally.

It’s called ‘thinking outside the square’ yet let’s look at this literally – particularly in relation to photography. How many famous photos that we see are actually cropped images of a much larger scene – sometimes a scene with quite a different meaning? Here is the interesting story behind Weegee’s famous photo The Fashionable People. Turns … Continue reading

Kafka meets Teaching

What an amazing story – yes Kafka is alive in the modern day. Listen here to the story of the Rubber Room – a series of rooms in New York assigned for teachers who have been reassigned out of the classroom for misdemeanours. The amazing fact – many teachers, on full pay , sit in … Continue reading

Stop being practical!

The over-practicalisation of Education. For the want of a better word- and knowing that I am too lazy to find the better – I am going to call this the ‘over-practicalisation of education.’ Squirm! But, it is something that I have been noticing – in particular within the special needs sector. While I have the … Continue reading

The Tension in Trees

I love looking at Australian trees, particularly ghost gums . They are a magnificent tree.  I love their bark, how it exposes a deep white trunk. I love the ripple marks in the tree – as if the branches have muscles; as if there is stored tension in the branches. Albert Namatjira “The Ancient Ghost … Continue reading

Even more objects can speak

I have mentioned before that poets have given voice to household objects in the Creative Teaching Space # 16. A recent discovery has been the book Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda. In this text Neruda writes odes to many objects: a guitar, a cat, a dog, socks (very funny), a spoon, a plate, … Continue reading

That look in a face.

It is true, and it is well documented, that people are far more camera savvy nowadays than they were a hundred years ago. We pose, very conscious of the camera, aware of the power of photography -particularly how photographs can be proliferated in this digital age. Every once in a while though a photographer comes … Continue reading

Challenging the Frame

Why do we have frames? What connotations do they carry? Are they windows into a vision? Windows into a supposed snapshot of the world? How are frames being challenged nowadays? Consider the work of Valerie Hegarty. Her work challenges our expectations of art. Replicating famous pieces she explores the boundary between the art and the … Continue reading

Do amps really go up to 11?

There are so many interesting resources that we can take into the classroom. Yesterday I saw two films- both fascinating documentaries. The first ” Tyson” is a very honest biography of the boxer Mike Tyson. What he was unable to deal with in relation to his past, his emotions, etc, is made up for in … Continue reading

Markers in Time

Each era carries with it its own markers. Look at a photograph from a hundred years ago and you will see horses in the street, or perhaps people wearing hats. This is a theme that has been picked up by Billy Collins in his poem: The Death of the Hat. The Death of the Hat … Continue reading