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Subject: [Leica] Crazy idea? Getting a photography degree
From: s.dimitrov at (Slobodan Dimitrov)
Date: Sat Mar 19 09:06:26 2005
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It's not that crazy. Since the end of the Cold War we've had a shift of 
what it means to educate an individual, and not just a society. the 
role of an avocation has once again resurfaced.  You're experiencing 
what many haven't been able to find in a seminar on real estate or the 
quarter million dollar wedding photography workshop.
It's not just the classes, it's the journey and the friends you'll make 
and the insights gained.
After waiting over 20 years for a 'better moment' I also decided to go 
back to school. With a freelance schedule and now two children, I came 
to realize that at 52 a better time was what grabbed right now. As it 
is, my original degree is in religious studies with only an AA in 
photography. That AA in photography wasn't worth a plug nickel.
Nothing can prepare one for what takes place on the job better than an 
apprenticeship. Or jumping in the deep end and learning not to drown. 
Which is what I did. And that jump is only for the temperamentally numb 
or the fool hardy.
On the other hand I'm in a graduate program in R/ST right now, and I 
feel very happy about the decision. I somehow even managed to start 
writing a paid monthly column on religion in a local paper.
Which means anything is possible.
Bear in mind that an unrequited feeling, or longing, can create a sense 
of loss, anger, and/or physical ailments. As it affects the whole 
person, it extends into the relational sphere of one's life. And that 
can be disastrous.
S. Dimitrov

On Mar 19, 2005, at 2:47 AM, Richard wrote:

> This is pretty crazy. I am almost 43, married for 21 years, have 2 
> kidz, silicon valley mortgage, runs a small business, and... I am 
> thinking about getting a photography degree...
> I already have a Bachelor degree in EE and a Master degree in Comp. 
> Sci. May be it would be easier if I spend the money and just buys lots 
> of film and travel around and takes tons of pictures and learn to 
> enjoy Xtol in the morning. Yet somehow there is a yearning. The 
> Academy of Art ( is almost local enough, right in 
> SF, and I can even take online courses. I suppose I am more interested 
> in the "Fine Arts," Documentary type of work, but I don't know.
> I don't know, may be the feeling will disappear tomorrow.
> // richard (This email is for mailing lists. To reach me directly, 
> please use richard at
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Slobodan Dimitrov

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