Almost the end of the journey. A journey that started a year ago, with an email I sent to Aline Smithson, the amazing artist and teacher at Los Angeles Center of Photography. "I have no idea how you select the people you accept into your class, but if you are looking for someone who is really motivated and willing to work hard, you found one". She answered promptly, (as I will find out - she always does), that the students that took the prerequisite classes are her first priority. Needless to say I did not take these classes.... Fast forward a few weeks, getting notified I am one of the 13 students accepted into the personal project class led by Aline triggered a series of wild jumps around the apartment (my husband is used to crazy wife by now).
And here we are, at the end of 9 months of work, meetings, critiques, presentations. The class exhibit opens in three days. Looking back, it is amazing how much one can learn, change and grow. This is a good time to pause for a moment and be thankful for the new friends I made, the new understanding and tools acquired. Most of all for the privilege of studying with a woman I admire and now call my friend, Aline Smithson.