maybe because in this instant age
it will allow students to realize
not everything happens instantly ?
otherwise aside from the whole "gee wiz" factor of chemical photography
i don't really think it leads to a greater understanding of anything ( image wise, art wise )
they can't do with modern technology...using chemicals is time consuming and more deliberate and requires commitment
don't get me wrong, i would rather use the black arts more than anything else
but i don't really think chemicals are needed to created art, just imagination
( which is something people use film and pixels sometimes lack ..... )
as you know from your own work, making something by hand is always worthwhile ...
maybe hand made and not instant could be your spin ?
good luck with your class+curriculum !
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Traditional photography is a wonderful subject that teaches its pupils a combination of skills from a variety of fields that include the arts, sciences, and mathematics, and above all patience. If instructed in a fun and appealing manner, students will learn these basics and carry with them an understanding of how images are made and displayed to them everywhere they look. They will also experience something very few now get to experience, the joy of optical printing in the darkroom. I wish every school did have a darkroom and every student had a chance to try it once to experience it.
I like that point, 'you don't need chemicals to create art, just imagination.' Yes unfortunately if you lack imagination it doesn't matter what process you use...Thanks for the good luck wishes.
I have yet to experience anything in digital photography that approaches the experience of watching a print develop in a tray.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2