Self-Guided Seminar

There’s nothing better for an artist than a seminar. It’s an opportunity to tune out the world and focus on the purity of the process.

It’s important to note that not all seminars require a four-figure outlay or expensive travel.

Luckily for me, there’s one that’s always open and ready when I am. It’s self-guided too.

It takes place every time I place myself in the neighborhood of my old studio in downtown St. Louis. Specifically, the corner of Washington Avenue and 13th Street.

The cost is fixed at two dollars per hour and payable by credit card at the parking meter pay station. It only takes a couple of bucks to top off my creative tank.

The last seminar I attended was in June, on the hottest day of the year.

The curriculum is simple. I force myself to stand on the corner and ask to take a photo of every person that walks by.

I then repeat as needed.

After a while, there will be a collection of portraits that remind this artist that the camera is a magic machine.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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