Single Status Update
Quarter: Fall 2006
Class: ARCH-410 [Architectural Photography]
Instructor: Stamets, John
A photography class for architects. Black and white photography, which eliminates the other three colors. To top it off, the instructor is a nice friendly guy. This class should be an easy breezy A, right?
Wrong. Dead Wrong.
First off, over half the students in the class were Architecture Graduates, one of whom had her Bachelor of Arch. at UC Berkeley. There goes any low expectation of that class.
Secondly, black and white photography as in... film. Not only did I have to shoot pictures with some of the oldest technology since the 1950s, I also had to develop them using an array of chemicals like D-76 and The Fixer in a darkroom laboratory. On average, it takes a good half-an hour to develop a roll of film, and two hours to print a good picture. I thought photography class was supposed to be a flash?
Thirdly, the instructor is a professional photographer who studied at Yale, had his photos published in magazines like Seattle Weekly, and document historic buildings to the standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey. He also gave out competitive grades too, which meant that my efforts were pitted against my colleagues' for points.
Mix a bunch of Architecture Graduates with competitive grades and what you get is sharks in the water. Sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads.
Ten weeks later, I was the only undergrad in the class to earn the A.
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Film format: 35mm TMAX-400
Building: Suzallo Library
Location: UW-Seattle Campus
Photos from my Building Documentation Project...