Over the summer, I took Joe Johnson's 4x5 Photography course. The 4x5 is a large view camera, the kind where you have to put your head under a dark cloth to focus and compose, and the kind people associate with a long-gone era in media. Despite the dominance of digital, you'd be surprised how many professional photographers in the art world still use these things. Because the negative is so large, you can get very rich scan that is enlargable without pixelation to huge sizes. The process is slow and full of opportunities to mess everything up. As Joe said it, the world conspires to underexpose your negative when you use a 4x5. I found having to take the time to set up each shot so meticulously kind of refreshing. You must be more certain with the shot, and each image ends up feeling more precious to you in the end. We made contact prints in the dark room, scanned film with a wet mount process, printed digitally, and mounted the prints on matte board. We then curated a show at the Craft Studio Gallery, an image of which is the last picture I've posted. I feel that this experience reinvigorated my love of photography, simply by using a tool that forces you to think differently than your normal practiced camera.