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Photography at Ironwood

Ironwood Students enjoy exploring and capturing the natural beauty of mid-coast Maine that surrounds them at the 500-acre working farm of Ironwood Maine Therapeutic Boarding School. It is celebrated as a small miracle that these angry, defiant teenagers once prone to skipping school, experimenting with alcohol or drugs and getting into trouble have now found a new outlet for their energy. They have found inspiration and new ways of seeing the world simply by picking up a camera and creating images.

The photography class at Ironwood inspires students to explore with angles, point of view and contrast with the use of natural light. Expensive equipment or technical expertise is not required in this casual and back to basic class, which is taught through experiential learning. Technical aspects are limited and assignments are designed to be fun and creative. Digital cameras are brought into the field and they learn from doing rather than from a book or lecture. An open forum follows to discuss and critique the teens work. Discussions often take an interesting turn as they are not limited to the subject of photography; they also apply what the teens learn from photography to everyday life.

Ironwood The Ironwood Maine photography program offers students the tools they need to proceed with a healthy outlet for their creative energy. A philosophy of seeing the world through a child's eye; In life, not only photography, becomes an important concept. The goal is to help students regain an appreciation for the simple things in life. During the course, their awareness increases so that students notice the colors of the fallen leaves, the unique pattern of the bark on a tree, the way light or the lack of it can create a wonderful silhouette. As Picasso once said, "All children are artists. The problem is to remain one when you grow up."

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