Hard - a dedication... by marlboromaam

Hard - a dedication...

I have no idea why I had the urge to shoot most of the morning in black and white mode, bracketing exposures - one up and one down. I could hear my professor's voice in my head, telling me what I needed to do. You'd never know it by looking at my photos that I did take a few college courses in photography way back in the 70s. A different world then, but I really adored and admired my photography professor, John Frair. I have thought of him often through the years - but today it was different.

I've forgotten more than I can remember, so I pull out my old notes and read through them from time to time. My first class was large format, using a Yashica TLR. They issued us a camera for use and we had to buy the film, paper, and film canister. The university supplied the lab and chemicals. Can't ever forget my first assignment... We had to draw a word from a hat. Just one word and our photograph had to speak that one word. I drew "hard." LOL! Others drew simpler words. I had to draw "hard!" What on earth am I going to find to shoot that says "hard?" I took some shots of a concrete bench on campus, thought I had done what was assigned - 16x20 black and white printed and mounted - ready for class... WRONG! I think I got a "C" on that first assignment. Professor Frair said my photo did NOT say "hard."

I googled my old professor today, found his obituary and it saddened me very deeply. So this is a little dedication to him and his wonderful ways of conveying his love of photography to his students. I can't help but wonder if he'd approve of my photo today. I also discovered he had a book published on photography. Found it on Amazon and ordered.

Rest in Peace, John Frair. You will always be remembered by your students. Your words in your voice still influence what I shoot today. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hattiesburgamerican/obituary.aspx?n=john-allen-frair&pid=191865966&fhid=4238
Oh, this is a sweet narrative you wrote. Nice black and white shot. I am sure he would approve and motivate you to keep going. His book effective photography looks interesting. Review states; good for learning the basics.....I never took one course, maybe this is a good book for me as starter in photography. Let me know what you think.
September 29th, 2020  
@dutchothotmailcom You are so sweet to read this, Esther. Thank you! I ordered the paperback and it's a used version - what I could afford. If it covers half of the classes I took from him, I'll be happy. Will let you know, but your photography is great! You're doing fine. =)
September 29th, 2020  
I think your professor would approve this time. Such a wonderful narrative and tribute to him.
September 29th, 2020  
I do like the result
September 29th, 2020  
Fabulous tribute.
September 29th, 2020  
Lovely tribute... the small rock between the two large slabs of rock says “hard” to me since it is the rock between two hard places.
September 29th, 2020  
@ludwigsdiana Thank you very much, Diana!
September 29th, 2020  
@koalagardens Thank you!
September 29th, 2020  
@wakelys Thanks, Susan!
September 29th, 2020  
@kvphoto Very good eye, KV! Thank you very much!
September 29th, 2020  
Lovely tribute. Great texture.
September 29th, 2020  
@haskar Thank you very much!
September 29th, 2020  
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