One of the many suprising things that I have found this year in teaching is my love of building PowerPoints! Well...that is when I have time. I know PowerPoints often get overused and misused, but when presenting on art it is a great tool to show a lot of different work and artists. To build a great presentation takes time...collecting the images, arranging them, cueing notes etc.
Today, I've been working on a PowerPoint presentation for next week when I speak to a Gender Studies class on images of female adolescence in contemporary photography. While this is not in anyway a conclusive list, the work covers Sally Mann, as well as her unfortunate lumping in with Jock Sturges and David Hamilton. But I also cover the important work of Lauren Greenfield, Rania Matar, Melissa Ann Pinney, Allessandra Sanguinetti, Lauren Gaskell to name a few.
This semester I also made a monumental Powerpoint for my alt. process class on photography as object/sculpture/installation. At that time, I began collecting images in folders for my own records. Often, I will collect more than I need from a particular artist, but that way I have them in a file ready to go should I need to refer to them again. For this new presentation, I am doing much the same thing. I hope, that over the years, this habit of image collection will continue to grow and thereby speed the proces as well.