Sleeping in class
These pictures are about four years old. I feel like that’s a no-no in the blogosphere but, I’m new here. Gimme a break. I was just thinking about them last week and I knew if I didn’t post them now I’d never get around to it.
The reason they came up was I was having a conversation with some other photographers and we came to the subject of access and how it can make or break a project. At the time I shot these images I was hired by a yearbook company to shoot dance candids, sports and pep rallies… A common assignment was just to get sort of student life pictures. I began to notice kids asleep in class and I’d shoot them. Their friends would see me and wake them up and it was a big funny joke.
But can you imagine if I decided to do a project, a serious project on public schools and I explained to the principals that these were the kind of images I was looking for.
Yeah good luck getting in the front door.
At the time I felt like I wasn’t getting paid enough and that this type of work was beneath me or something but in retrospect, I was very lucky to be invited into these people’s lives to observe those average high school days.
I try to think about these pictures when I get an assignment that at first might seem like a real snoozer.