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posted Mar 4, 2010, 8:04 PM by Jose Velasquez   [ updated Mar 5, 2010, 3:03 AM ]
I've received some interesting email was asking who my instructor was and what University I took my photography course at, and another email gave me a critique of this site.

I'll answer the second one first.

I appreciate the critique of my site, and most of what was said about it is correct. This is a Google Sites website, so my options are fairly limited. Should I ever go the pro direction, I'll use a Portfoliositez website--that's about as fancy as a photography website can get, and no HTML or Flash programming knowledge is required. Many professionals actually use that service. Should the opportunity present itself for me to properly learn Flash, then I'll gladly do things on my own (it's always good to save money). 

As for the second email...
My instructor was a man named Paul Fremes; you can check out his Facebook page. I took his course through Simon Fraser University's Continuing Education Department. After taking his course I was hooked, and I have never looked back on making photography one of my passions.

The year after I took the Photodocumenting Vancouver class, I attended University, and joined the Ubyssey, and took some pictures for that paper, but none made it to print. In any case I continued shooting on my own and learning as much about the craft as I could by reading books written by or about the masters of the craft: Steiglitz, Cartier-Bresson, Adams, Albert-Allard, Lanting, and studying all of the photographs I could get my hands on. During those years (1998-2002) no one checked out those books, and I had them pretty much to myself. Somehow I doubt they're checked out much in this day and age--most people just Google everything. Anyway, I got so engrossed in the craft and studying the work of the legends, that at one point I actually debated majoring in photography/photojournalism. I don't regret that I didn't pursue that course--I loved writing and books just as much as photography and I had to choose only one major because I was one of those students who worked a real job to get through University--I had no time to pursue a double major.

In any case, I consider the masters (both living and dead) to have been just as much a teacher of the craft as my first instructor. 

I hope that answers the emails I've received. Till the next rambling thought or update or review (which is coming)!