How I led the Dundee University Photography Society.
I started with photography some 15 years ago, and since then, it became one of the cornerstones of my life. As it evolved from a hobby to a full-time job, and it taught me to appreciate the world we live in more. Both visually, as you are looking for all the interesting angles, colors, shapes, textures, and reflections; and on a human scale. Through photojournalism, I got to talk with an immense number of interesting people, as well as I got to cover some rather unfortunate events - when you see people affected by natural disasters, injury accidents, structure fires, and other miseries on a daily basis, it make you think twice before complaining about something silly, like that the weather isn't 100% according to your wishes, or that you don't have the latest TV set in the living room. Anyway. Photography is one of the things I am passionate about.
Since I enjoy to share the things I am passionate about with people who would see value in it, I ended working with PR and advertising teams, it was a matter of time to get involved in an academic environment. And that brings me to what I was doing over the last year: leading a photographic society.
Right. The core of the programme was teaching lectures. This was the first instance I taught a class full of people, but since I did one-to-one photography tutorials and spoke at conferences to large audiences before, this wasn't something hard to adapt to. In between of the lectures, we did informal events to chat about pictures and to have good times, regardless of the skill level.
The classes covered aspects from basics of camera handling, compositions and such, to more advanced techniques and approaches. We talked about the importance of having a concept, being aware of your surroundings, predicting events, and that it is not all about the gear. Through the year, we put the new knowledge in practice by a few photo walks...
...and trips around Scotland.
As many members were from outside of Scotland, this allowed them to see some cool bits this country has to offer...
...and again, to put the skills in practice.
For me, it meant to secure means of transport. After two trips using public transportation, I managed to get access to these beasts:
This came with perhaps the most challenging bit of the experience - it wasn't the teaching itself, but the organization linked with all of it. Preparing lectures, preparing trips, filling paperwork to obtain a classroom for the lectures, buses, equipment for workshops, paperwork for everything. The programme itself was only a fraction of the time it took to pull it together. But in the end, it was fun - which is what counts. Fun to see the students' progress, fun to share joys linked with photography.
Speaking of the end, we concluded the year with an exhibition for our members.
It was held in the student union, in an area that serves as a lunch venue around noon, and is a place to study and hang out during the rest of the day. This gave all the exhibited photographs a large exposure to staff and students from all disciplines.
The photos were on canvas, and they looked fab. The printing was done by the My-Picture.co.uk, where you can get a 15% discount with “MYDUNDEEPICTURE” code. So if you want a canvas print, give them a look.
The show received positive feedback, and marked the last bit I organized for the society.
Now I am off to finish work for another exhibition, which I'll have next month. It will be loads of real-time generated animation - as photos aren't the only visuals I like to do..
Exciting stuff to come. Thanks for reading
Published by: Jakub Stepanovic in Stories