This year the Palomar College Photo Department has scheduled an Alternative Processes class for Intersession for the first time. I’m pleased to have been selected to teach it. Intersession is the four weeks between the Spring and Summer sessions, starting May 20. The signup period just opened on April 29. It will be a total-immersion experience, as a whole semester’s class will be completed in just 4 weeks. The schedule lists the class as Tuesday through Friday, primarily because the class starts on a Tuesday. Actual days can be adjusted (i.e. Mon –Thurs) by class consensus.
My experience with this class in Summer 2011 tells me this class could be even better. We will have our area of the F Building all to ourselves that will allow us to modify the lab for our purposes without having to make way for other classes in between. Once students start printing, there’s an energy that’s hard to duplicate in a regular term. Because the coating of the printing paper can be done in low-level tungsten light, there’s a social aspect of camaraderie and sharing of techniques that is hard to duplicate in a silver gelatin darkroom.