This edit of the Boyer River bridge connecting La Crete and Fort Vermilion to High Level and points North is one celebrating colour, structure, detail and lines creating perspective. The colourful rendering of the bridge recalls for me many lectures and presentations offered by Leo Buscaglia on Life, Living and Love and perhaps more potently on good teaching which embraces each. In one lecture, the idea of teacher as bridge, comes across fully as he quotes Nikos Kazantzakis, writer of ‘Zorba the Greek,’ on teaching – “Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.” The metaphor embedded as anchor, for me years ago, in terms of what teaching is about and teaching’s end state being something that always brings about change; engagement that bridges from the unknown to what is now known and understood is always an entity found in good teaching. Within this metaphor … perhaps extending it … it’s interesting to note that successful bridging often relies on the kind of stance taken in relation to the student – it’s always based on good current understanding of the student in the classroom context and beyond it in their world.
Listening to – David Gray’s ‘Shine’ and ‘My Oh My,’ Jack Johnson’s ‘Rodeo Clowns,’ Angus & Julia Stone’s ‘Big Jet Plane’ and Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs’ ‘Beg, Steal or Borrow.’
Quote to Inspire – “It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness.” – Paul Strand