Rhetoric and photo essays

As much as I travel and as much as I would love to say that I know a lot about photography, I really don’t. I know some basics, a few tricks, and how to turn the camera on, but photography is not one of my best skills. That being said, I love it and I love how people use it to tell stories. What can I say? I’m an English teacher, so of course how the story is told is one of my favorite parts.

In my AP class, we’re learning about rhetoric and how it applies to more than just the AP exam or essays we write in class. I usually try not to give homework over a holiday, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for them to use rhetoric in a way that was outside of writing or reading a story or an essay. So we learned about visual rhetoric and I made them do photo essays over their Christmas break. I put together a website for them to compile their essays; the essays are due this week, so we should be updating the pages soon. The kids can see how many people look at the site; I wanted them to be able to take ownership of what they’ve done. Anyway, there is a more solid explanation of how we set it up if you go to the site, but please check it out. Like I said, I’m not a photographer, let alone a photagraphy teacher, but I like when stories can be told in different ways. Plus, I like to see my kids have fun and be creative. 🙂

Here’s the link to the class website.


Around the world again

The last posting of pictures went pretty well, so I’m going to try it again. Here are some more of my travels and such. Again, comments or critiques are welcome.


Around the world

So to add to my list of trying new things, I’ve decided to try to sell some of my photography. I’ve gone through a bunch of my pictures from my travels and have picked some that I think are pretty decent. As I have not taken any classes  or anything of the sort, I know that this will be a learning process and any feedback is appreciated. Below are some pictures that I’ve decided to post just to kind of get a feel for what people like. One of my favorite things to photograph when I travel is doors (I know it’s weird, but we all have our quirks, right?). Some of these pictures I’ve already put up for sale at a local shop. Even if I don’t make much, I think this will be fun to try. More to come!