and someone who
is there to show off his or her exotic gear and give impressions.
i agree with truzi it will slow down the class
and id the person with the exotic gear isnt thick skinned
classmates and teachers alike will think they are better than they
are and grill them alive in critique sessions.
as i said this was the case years ago when i was a student ..
a guy had an impressive and expensive camera, made the class think
he was better than he was ( by having expensive and exotic gear )
and from his first to final critique he came out bloodied and bruised.
this guy has skin as thick as a motorcycle jacket and could take it ..
but if he was thin skinned, got all pissed off and pouty when he was
criticized or joked about he would have dropped out ... i lost touch with him 20+ years ago
but last i read he was producing work and feeding himself well ...
maybe we are all jumping to conclusions and stone isnt going to school in the fall