"For me the noise of time is not sad: I love clocks, watches - and I recall that at first photographic implements were related to techniques of cabinetmaking and the machinery of precision: cameras in short were clocks for seeing..."

                                                            - Roland Barthes

 

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We lost a comic genius with the death of Robin Williams. In the clip below he improvises with Craig Ferguson. 

TV Studio Class, April 22 2013
TV Studio Class, April 22 2013

My TV Studio class at the Institute of Modern Media in Ramallah after a lighting demonstration Sunday, April 22 2013. We were not really set up for group portraits but the students were having fun and I find that this is a key ingredient for learning. It is also one of the hardest things to teach; that good creative work relies on both a sense of play and concurrently the discipline to work long hours through problems. 

I recorded the following sequence, using a Canon D60 and a 50mm Pentax Super-Takumar prime lens. This accounts for the very shallow depth-of-field.

 

These students were part of my Al-Quds University TV Studio class during the Fall, 2012 semester at the Institute of Modern Media. We were between serious "takes" when the two young women began playfully interacting with another student's eyeglasses. Again, the sense of play is important to any serious creative endeavor. 

Other photographs are available for viewing on my Flickr Photostream. Video may be viewed on my YouTube Channel.