The August image of the 2022 Photography 139 Calendar is a drone shot of the High Trestle Trail Bridge:
Tomorrow I will share the September image from the 2022 Photography 139 Calendar.
HOLIDAYS proved to be fairly popular theme.
But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the submissions:
Christopher D. Bennett
But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:
EDUCATION! What a great theme to end Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE on!
But what is an EDUCATION image? An EDUCATION photo is a picture of anything that relates to EDUCATION. Kids in school. A picture of school. Degrees. Diplomas. Books. Libraries. But not all EDUCATION happens in a school. I would actually argue that next to no EDUCATION happens in schools, but that is another subject for another time. However, my point is don’t discount other forms of EDUCATION. For example, back in my prime, I used to take fools to school on the basketball court all the time.
As you consider your possible subjects for EDUCATION, mediate on this scene from one of my all-time favorite movies GOOD WILL HUNTING:
Yeah, cause I think I had a class
At this point, several interested parties materialize. Morgan
Billy and Will try, as inconspicuously as possible, to situate
themselves within listening distance. A rather large student
in a HARVARD LACROSSE sweatshirt, CLARK (22) notices Chuckie.
He [Clark] walks over to Skylar and Lydia, nobly hovering
over them as protector. This gets Will, Morgan, and Billy’s
Ah, history I think.
Yah, it’s not a bad school…
At this point, Clark can’t resist and steps in.
What class did you say that was?
How’d you like that course?
Good, it was all right.
History? Just “history?” It must
have been a survey course then.
Chuckie nods. Clark notices Chuckie’s clothes. Will and Billy
exchange a look and move subtly closer.
Pretty broad. “History of the World?”
Hey, come on pal we’re in classes
all day. That’s one thing about
Harvard never seizes to amaze me,
everybody’s talkin’ about school all
Hey, I’m the last guy to want to
talk about school at the bar. But as
long as you’re here I want to “seize”
the opportunity to ask you a question.
Billy shifts his beer into his left hand. Will and Morgan
see this. Morgan rolls his eyes as if to say “not again…”
Oh, I’m sure you covered it in your
Clark looks to see if the girls are impressed. They are not.
When Clark looks back to Chuckie, Skylar turns to Lydia and
rolls her [own] eyes. They laugh. Will sees this and smiles.
To tell you the truth, I wasn’t there
much. The class was rather elementary.
Elementary? Oh, I don’t doubt that
it was. I remember the class, it was
just between recess and lunch.
Will and Billy come forward, stand behind Chuckie.
All right, are we gonna have a
There’s no problem. I was just hoping
you could give me some insight into
the evolution of the market economy
in the early colonies. My contention
is that prior to the Revolutionary
War the economic modalities especially
of the southern colonies could most
aptly be characterized as agrarian
Will, who at this point has migrated to Chuckie’s side and
is completely fed-up, includes himself in the conversation.
Of course that’s your contention.
You’re a first year grad student.
You just finished some Marxian
historian, Pete Garrison prob’ly,
and so naturally that’s what you
believe until next month when you
get to James Lemon and get convinced
that Virginia and Pennsylvania were
strongly entrepreneurial and
capitalist back in 1740. That’ll
last until sometime in your second
year, then you’ll be in here
regurgitating Gordon Wood about the
Pre-revolutionary utopia and the
capital-forming effects of military
Well, as a matter of fact, I won’t,
because Wood drastically
underestimates the impact of–
“Wood drastically underestimates the
impact of social distinctions
predicated upon wealth, especially
inherited wealth…” You got that
from “Work in Essex County,” Page
421, right? Do you have any thoughts
of your own on the subject or were
you just gonna plagiarize the whole
book for me?
Clark is stunned.
Look, don’t try to pass yourself off
as some kind of an intellect at the
expense of my friend just to impress
Clark is lost now, searching for a graceful exit, any exit.
The sad thing is, in about 50 years
you might start doin’ some thinkin’
on your own and by then you’ll realize
there are only two certainties in
Yeah? What’re those?
One, don’t do that. Two — you
dropped a hundred and fifty grand on
an education you coulda’ picked up
for a dollar fifty in late charges
at the Public Library.
Will catches Skylar’s eye.
But I will have a degree, and you’ll
be serving my kids fries at a drive
through on our way to a skiing trip.
Maybe. But at least I won’t be unoriginal.
And if you got a problem with that,
I guess we can step outside and deal
with it that way.
I look forward to seeing your interpretation next week.
Next Monday will mark the beginning of Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Here are the 52 themes for next year:
1. Black + White
7. Still Life
16. Letters or Numbers
19. Slice of Life
27. Road Trip
30. Odd Camera Angle
48. In the Air
49. Street Photography
52. Body Part
Now you can start thinking on them, but you can’t start shooting them. Them’s the rules. Speaking of rules…
The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.
You can send your images to either firstname.lastname@example.org OR you may text them to my Pixel 5.
That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing our idea of EDUCATION in this place that is little more than result of my misspent learning next Monday.