Excerpt from "I Am Waiting" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 1958
My spring break was spent volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, an experience that I will never forget as long as I live. As I spent this past week laying the foundation for a home in El Salvador, I was overwhelmed with so many ideas and thoughts. I took hundreds of photos everyday and found a pattern emerging: no matter where I looked, I felt the sensation of waiting - animals, nature, weather, and of course people. Waiting and watching: for what, I can’t be sure. I put together this portfolio with that in mind and drew it all together with the excerpt from Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s poem “I Am Waiting”, written in my journal. I feel as if this experience provided me with exactly the “new rebirth of wonder” about which he wrote so eloquently and I hope that I’ve done my job and conveyed well enough the world that I am waiting for too, in solidarity with the people that I met in El Salvador.
Definitely want to start using this account more - poor thing is neglected… :/ I’ll be posting my photos and everyday nonsense here, in addition to keeping my other blog (shameless plug: it’s ben-flythe!). Love all, what… like 14? 15? :P - of you! Keep being awesome!!!
Airports see more sincere kisses than wedding halls. The walls of hospitals have heard more prayers than the walls of churches.
Q:Hello Ben who is Twenety! My name is Jaquie who is Twenty Three! I was searching the Parson's tag, because I plan on applying for my MFA for not this fall, but next fall. I saw you are a photog major, yes? I don't know if I am going to do just photo or just a general fine art degree. I was hoping you could tell me a little about the school & especially the photog classes. Do you like it so far? What have you learned? Thank you!!!
Well hello Jaquie! I’m excited you’re thinking about applying! I’m actually in undergrad so I’m not exactly sure what would be different for MFA, but I can tell you that the classes offer a lot of freedom for you to explore areas that you’re interested in (like fashion, landscape, conceptual, etc.). We started working with B&W film but now we’ve moved more into digital and we’re required to take courses in Drawing and Painting as well as more Design-oriented classes. I know they also offer classes in studio lighting and alternative photo-making processes - things like that - but those tend to be for upperclassmen. Overall, I can say that I really do enjoy it! It’s very well-rounded and Parsons provides resources you can’t get anywhere else! Feel free to ask any more questions : )