Sometimes it seems that certain people cross your path because they are supposed to. This is how I feel about Joe, my primary art instructor at the Maine College of Art. As you can see, he comes across crusty and gruff; a big personality, who oftentimes is larger than life. Joe is loud and commands attention. “Shoot film!” “Push it!” “Shoot! Shoot! Shoot!” “Work it!” “I want to see more prints!” “No less than five rolls a week!” All classic Joe-isms that he pitches loud and in your face… But beyond his hard exterior, Joe is incredibly giving and supportive. Joe reaches all of his students in and out of the classroom to further explain the technical, to ensure that one has the materials necessary to create, to encourage the development of personal vision, and to push to take chances. I have to say that some of the best parts of my week are in Joe’s directed darkroom class. I feel pretty lucky to have him as a close friend and am proud to call him my teacher. Thanks, Joe, for being you!
By the way, I really like this newest version of Impossible's B&W film! I just need to get rid of those newton rings.