a photoblog by ben fredman

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Been a while. I've been busy these last few months getting this journalism program up and running. In short, I teach multimedia and photojournalism in Newsroom I and II elective courses in a program in partnership with the SP Times. We put out the school newspaper and have launched an ever growing website. It's an interesting gig...I'm trying to be a source of inspiration and ideas as well as a teacher, director of photography, mutlimedia producer, web editor, photo editor, multimedia editor, page designer, IT technician, managing editor, copy editor and occasional problem solver.

We have a load of excellent equipment and some stellar students. I'm always blown away looking at the work produced...most of these kids never picked up a SLR or used a Mac before taking this class. They're doing a great work and hopefully learning valuable skills.

Check out our website at http://snntoday.snn.pcsb.org/ to see some of the work. We are using Joomla as our content managing system online. In the last few months, I have learned this CMS in and out. The Eyes of Lakewood has been a strong video series...teaching the kids the basics of video interviews and editing while gathering compelling stories. There are multimedia presentations and audio slideshows and picture slideshows as well.

Anyways, here are some pictures of my first vacation, benefits of being an educator...I spent the week relaxing in the Ft. Lauderdale and Miami Beach area. My winter vacation will be in Southern Florida, then NYC and Boston. For spring break I've got plans to backpack and shoot for a week in Costa Rica, Jamaica, or Puerto Rico...wherever I can get cheap tickets to. For my big summer trip, I'm planning to take six weeks, grab a backpack, some clothes and a camera and head to a remote region in northwest India between Tibet and Burma. We'll see how things come together.

Also, a shout to my friends John Tully and Brandon Kruse who have some awesome projects they've completed recently. Killer stuff dudes.

And the pictures...


Mike Morones said...

its about time you updated. jerkass!

i'm looking forward to checking out your students work.

Fredman, source of inspiration.... that sounds kind of weird, particularly in light of your china stories and the garage

Dave Ellis said...

I miss your perspective. I wish I knew how to quit you.

katie said...

second photo down, my favorite seagull shot of year.

Tully said...

Hey friendo. Thanks for the shout out and glad you went down to the beach to mess around. I'd say it paid off and you've been leading the way with your students who are producing some damn nice stuff for kids who've never touched a camera before. That series, My Eyes Have Seen is pretty great.

Keep it up!

Tully said...

P.S. The shot of the dude floating in the water is really nice.

lidey said...

damn. ur picture is s0~ c00l. nice :)

Drew said...

Damn! I know heading to the beach can sometimes be like shooting fish in a barrel but this stuff is stupid nice!!

Hilary said...

I saw that shot of the man floating in the water on the "A photo a day" blog and I just wanted to tell you how happy it made me! Your work is beautiful.

Oleg said...

очень красивые фотографии


I am a freelance photographer and educator specializing in documentary, editorial and travel photography based in St. Petersburg FL.
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