My academic photography education started in August of 1983. By December of 1984, it was all over. It was the color photography class that did me in.
The class was a strange experience, filled with lots of theory and very little practice. From the first day, I was on the outs with the professor, his teaching assistants, and most of my classmates. The fact that I was the class’s best practitioner of the color process just made things stranger.
I could see the writing on the wall and realized that my college future wasn’t in the photography department. Luckily my new path started in the same building at the same university. It was across the hall at the Journalism School.
As far as I know, none of my classmates from that era make their living with a camera.
All I know is that the path to this portrait session in London’s West End didn’t pass through a classroom.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.