Did you know Ensworth has it’s very own dark room where students develop their own film? The upper levels of photo (Photo 2 and 3) learn darkroom/film photography in tandem with photo art history projects. Basically students are studying art history and learning about different artist while also choosing one to emulate their work and produce photos through darkroom production.
Many students enjoy the physicality of film and creating their own prints in the darkroom. They see how science and art work together and they become much better planners when they know they only have 36 chances to get the perfect shot!
“Shooting film has taught me about making deliberate decisions when taking photographs. Digital cameras are great but it’s easy to let the camera do the thinking for you. Shooting film forces you to slow down and think about what your are doing. It was hard at first but I appreciate it a lot more now and the things I have learn from it carry over to my digital photography, ” senior Anna Denson.
“It’s all about learning to be deliberate and breaking the habit of taking 300 photos to get 1 good one (like digital allows us to do). Not only does this help them understand where digital photography and modern techniques came from, but it also helps them better appreciate early photographic works of art, ” Mrs. Deal-McEver