Call me old school. Go ahead! It's cool now...For the first time, I experience
the thrill of being old! I grew up with POLAROIDS! I played VINYL and had a
BOOMBOX! (To say nothing of my WALK-WOMAN--which is how we
referred to the precursor to the iPod). So why do students love 80s
technology? Why are they drawn to analog and real (reel) film? In my
estimation, this has to do with what digital media is NOT. Every copy is an
exact reproduction. Every image and sound is just an electronic signal that
can be reduced to a series of zeros and ones! The pilot darkroom program
that I started at our high school has enticed a group of junior and seniors
into a world we thought was lost! The magic and miracle of film! This aha!
moment that accompanies a print coming to light (to life). The organic
chemical reaction of silver and light! What a gift for anyone patient and
curious enough to try their hand and shooting, processing and printing film.
And the culmination is students with a direct line to the past, and a way to
make better sense of our media culture.
- Ms. DeGette
The Blog is for students to talk about what they've learned in hopes to help future students with any troubles they might have and to document the progress of current students.