MU Photo Club – Abelardo Morell

Last month, the MU Photo Club traveled out to Kansas City to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for a photography lecture by Abelardo Morell.  Our professor, Joe Johnson, worked with Abe years ago in Boston shooting some stunning camera obscura work.  You really must check out Abe’s website for a look into his work.

Abe talked about his process for making his camera obscuras, why he makes them and what he’s doing next.  It was a really interesting, semi-biographical, semi-technical lecture, probably the best we’ve seen at the Nelson.  Oh, and he’s incredibly funny, many of his stories were rich with hilarious anecdotes.

After the lecture, several of us went to California Pizza Kitchen for dinner. Leah (@tigersluvpepper), Maggie (@maggiepfaff), Emily (@emilyiovaldi), Bethany (@bethanymichaela) and Shalonda (who isn’t on Twitter!) all met up with me, Ryan (@rzhale) and Ben (@joubiku).

We definitely had too much fun at dinner.  From group tweeting to photographing everything in sight to cracking jokes, to, of course, eating.  The entire evening was just magical!  I’m glad to have friends like Ben and Ryan in Kansas City and love how it seems all of my local friends enjoy them as much as I do.

Now I just can’t wait for the next photography lecture at the Nelson where we can all meet up again.  It was such a blast!

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The Final Critique

I’ve never enjoyed a course subject as much as those in the photography portion of my degree. I’ve made so many amazing friends through the course, learned so much about photography, improved my skills in ways I cannot even measure and built relationships that I expect to last a life time.

Leah (@tigersluvpepper), Katie, Justin Rodier, the Maggies, Sarah, Kelly, Maggie, Allison, Nick, Paul… These are just a few of the incredible photographers, friends and course mates I’ve enjoyed in this series of classes.

Of course, none of this would have happened if it weren’t for our Professor, Joe Johnson. His elephantine knowledge about photography, philosophic look on life and love for the subject he teaches becomes more and more evident semester after semester.

Rarely do you find a professor who shows as much interests in his students as he does in his own work.

The close of this semester saw the graduation of several of my peers in the class. Some I’ve enjoyed the company of for years, others just a single semester. After our final critique a handful of us headed to Uprise Bakery/Ragtag Cinema Cafe for drinks, conversation and a chance to make our final goodbyes.

It was a brilliant feeling meeting up outside of class. We told stories previously untold, shared our plans for the future and enjoyed what would be the last few hours together for some of us.

While I will miss many of my classmates who have moved on to bigger and better things, I’m just as excited to join up with the rest of the class in January when we start back up.

Thanks for making this such a memorable semester.

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