Monday, May 31, 2010

Upcoming, Incoming, and a Whole Lot More


TwigsAndStemsNo3-1, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

The time has come in my photography career to advance. I know this might sound strange to some of you-you probably think that I have been advancing all along, or, you know, trying to anyway. I've given it a lot of thought recently and I've decided that I'm going to try to go back to graduate school and pursue a Master's degree in photography.

I know some of you are probably thinking, "Ha! You'll be unemployed." And, yes, I probably will be. But, here's the thing-education isn't always about employment. It's about learning. Advancing. Growing. And I want to learn-I want to really push myself, to take my photography to the next level. I can't do that without school-I mean, don't get me wrong, I've gotten pretty far, so far, without a formal education in photography, but I've decided that it might just be the right time, the right place to take the next logical step. So, I'm dipping my feet into that pool.

I've started the long process of applying for colleges. I intend to pursue a degree part-time, while working (a difficult task, I know) and I intend to use my degree to possibly teach at some point, or to maybe just further my career as a photographer. It's the last of my missing credentials, and I want to be a part of a network, I want to be in a group of photographers-to have peers, all of which school can help provide for me. I want a formal background in photography. I've been doing it all along anyway, so might as well formalize it, right?

I guess it might be a good time to wish me luck. I'm going to need a lot of luck, some skill, some patience, and a lot of wisdom to get through this, but it's also going to be a fun, crazy ride too. I know I'm really looking forward to going back to school-to be with younger folks again, to feel that energy, to network, to learn about history and background, and just to be a small part of a bigger picture.

Wish me luck!

Until next time...

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