For the past month I taught an alternative process class for 8-12 year olds, Catching Light: Exploring Alternative Photography. For some reason I was more intimidated by these students than the 100s of adults I have taught in the past.
Stunned, the director and I tried to understand what we were seeing. The Hawk grasped the pigeon, and the pigeon did not struggle. I hope it was already dead. With no way to photograph it, I feared again this gruesome but mesmerizing moment would once again go undocumented.
The class started and we began working on that day’s project, and one of our tasks was to go outside and collect interesting objects to make photograms out of. I instructed them to find leaves, twigs, flowers, and anything with a unique shape.
As we were walking around the courtyard, we began to find a lot of feathers. They were floating around the air like dandelion seeds, it was actually very beautiful.
On the walk back, some of the girls began to lament the pigeon, they hoped it didn’t suffer, and while they understood the natural cycle, felt sorry for it.
It wasn’t until we got in the darkroom that they had an idea! For their photograms they wanted to make a bird design with the items they found. As if to bring the pigeon back to life or introduce a new one into the world. Their act of honor and remembrance for the bird was incredible.
Pinhole images taken by the students
I also have to give big thanks to the TA Sherri Mueller, without whom the class wouldn't have been possible.
A cyanotype one of the students made, super cool!