Anonymous said: In regards to you dropping out of college, were you studying photography? I'm asking because I'm studying it myself in college, and am tempted to drop out at every second turn, while I find all aspects of it fascinating, and love to create images and study it theoretically, I can't help but feel that it's taking the spark out of me.. if that makes sense. Did you go through anything like this? I know it's quite personal, so feel free to ignore. You're a constant inspiration :)
Actually I wasn’t majoring in photography, I was undecided, and just was taking gen eds. I never actually took a class on photography, but started to take pictures on my own just as I was starting to go to college and quickly became obsessed. I’m not sure I’m qualified to give you advice on what to do, but I’d say just go with your instinct. I know some people find art school incredibly helpful, it gives you an opportunity to focus on your work, to refine your process, can help with the business side of being an artist, and can understand how to present your work for galleries, clients etc. I don’t know if you can really teach some one to make art, since it’s such a personal thing, but instead it can help you refine the process in which you create, and can help you learn the business side of making it as an artist. I think it completely depends on what you’re planning on doing with photography. To be honest, I’m not convinced that the actual degree is very useful, but rather the information you would learn, and the experience/contacts you would gain. Thats why I’m considering taking some business classes, art history classes etc at some point. I don’t think I need a degree but I still have a lot to learn. Maybe it could make sense for you to focus less on the classes that deal with actually creating work if that is wearing you out, and work on that on your own. Or maybe just take a break from classes. Like I said, I don’t want to tell you what to do since I don’t know the whole story, but thats basically whats worked for me.