so I just found your blog when I typed "SCAD" into the search box just to see what came up, and I'm so pumped right now cause it seems like you're a photo student, am I right? I'm a freshman and I've been thinking about whether or not to pursue photo cause I really want to get into advertising and fashion. I guess I'm just interested in what your experience in the photo department has been and also how you liked hong kong!
Yes, you would be correct - BFA. It is hard for me to offer a snap ‘here is what you should do’, however, I would say you first should consider where your passion truly lies. After you figure that out the rest becomes easy. Getting up for class and working on a project for 12 hours straight every day becomes your focus and pleasure and not a distraction from what it is your eye is really set on. It took me years to get to the point where I am today..eventually just followed my heart. All of that aside, Hong Kong cannot even be compared to Savannah, if that is indeed where you are with SCAD. They’re nowhere near in the same field so I can only say that coming to Hong Kong is going to give you a lot of knowledge and experience in a short amount of time. You’re going to work hard and learn even more, about the craft and yourself. The professors here in the department could not be more in contrast but are both great. I find the courses offered here, along with the instruction, to be 100x’s better than anything I experienced in Savannah.
Last night I started the process of withdrawing the remaining amount of money in my IRA account from W t pay for my next quarter at SCAD. It is a bit scary to think about actually.
As if I am surprised however, Citibank is making me jump through some hoops to get it. There are only two ways to get the money. By check or to transfer it into a Citi account.
I asked them if I opened a Citi account here in Hong Kong if that would work and they said it had to be a US account. So my only option is to have the check mailed to Hong Kong. Though their records still show my Savannah address so I have to fill out this form and mail it to Houston, TX and then after receiving verification of my new address they will send my check to Hong Kong. But wait…the form that I have to fill out and send to them needs a notary public and the only notary in Hong Kong is at the US Consulate in which you have to make an appointment. So, I have to wait 6 days before anyone can see me then I can mail it off.
Then I learned that after all that is done and the check comes to me that then my bank here in Hong Kong will keep a hold on it for up to 30 days to verify that the money is in the US.
Oh, the process to get your money.
Should have buried it in my backyard in lil mason jars like my grandpa told me when I was 6.
I learned of my final grades for the Fall quarter today and was mixed about it.
Design - B
CMPA - A
Photo Color Technique - A
I really thought I was going to get straight A’s..a first for me.
I haven’t written much about it here but in my Design class it has been unpredictable and for the last 5.5 weeks we were without a syllabus and were left with only a vocal direction and it left everyone’s grade to be very subjective, in my opinion. For the amount of work, dedication, and followed her requirements to a ‘T’ I am just upset to see a B above me.
I have never once written a professor asking ‘why’ or asking for an appeal but today I did. I think that this is a good move for me even if it does not work out how I want it to in the end. I shouldn’t just accept something that I feel is not right, so I’m not.
I spoke with an advisor here at school today and she told me I have 30 days to appeal, so I have started that process by emailing the professor directly with my concerns. If that doesn’t work I am just going to go up and up in the chain til someone listens to me.
I don’t have a job so for the next 30 days they will be hearing from me day and night.
It has been 8 days now since the Fall Quarter here at SCAD has ended and I am looking at 5 weeks of break now.
As I mentioned in a previous post, in our color technique class we were asked to view our final critique as an exhibit and that our artist statement should reflect who we are and what we’re showing. I decided to ‘vanish’ from the last day, just like the people have vanished from these villages that I have documented over the past 4 weeks here in Hong Kong. I recall not knowing how my professor would take it that I didn’t show up for my final. I asked friends and SCAD faculty what I should do. I was told that It was 50/50 how he would take it and that the risk outweighed the potential joy that was swirling around in my head. In the end I went with what I thought was right and did not go to class.
The result is in the audio above. At first it is faint but during the recording of my critique they managed to figure out a way to get the audio just right.
From my professor who doesn’t offer much praise or show emotion emailed me the following day:
I am glad to see that you took your work one step further and made your presentation relevant for the work.
I’ll be here all next week and of course next quarter if you would like to discuss your work further more.
best regards and have a good break.
A few people that I have spoken to about this professor don’t really like his style of critiques. They say that you really can’t read the man and you’re never fully sure if he likes what you’re producing. Even one day I had a 1:1 with him in where I asked him what I was doing right and where was I going wrong and if he had any suggestions. his response was…”the photos that you produce, in the end, the quality is determined by you and not others opinions.” Where I was looking for pros/cons he left me with more questions. So when he does show emotion or any hint that he likes something going on in your work, it means 10xs more to me than another professor that happens to be the ‘yes’ man. In the end of this audio recording you hear him saying that my photos are “quite successful” and goes on to say “maybe even very successful”. These simple of words coming from him are very powerful to me and makes me even more encouraged to try harder.
Towards the end of the audio you will hear the conversation shift from my work to a discussion about urbanization and predictions for the future of civilization, etc. At first I was a bit disheartened to hear the shift go from my work into the context of my work. By the end of the audio I realized that for a good 5-6 minutes there was a discussion happening that was sparked by my work and isn’t that what every artist hopes for? To spark a conversation, a dialogue, to get you to think and ponder once you have left the gallery. Hearing this in the middle of my critique and then realizing what had just happened, was just a little gift.
So the quarter at SCAD came to an end yesterday and considering that I don’t have a computer at home I will be posting much less. I did learn today however that I have access to the library over the break.