This semester has proven itself to be, once again, a source of constant anxiety and pressure. I look around at school, and everyone looks like they’re on the verge of having an ulcer. No smiles in sight really. I decided to take up the large format class this semester because I was tired of watching as other students merrily made prints in the dark room and fooled around with the awesome analogue equipment in the cage. I wanted to join in on the fun, and so large format, while a daunting and laborious process, was actually a gift to myself. I was pleased to discover that the slow, cumbersome, methodical process of large format was a therapeutic one, and that all of the sudden, my eyes were seeing more than they had in a while, that people seemed endlessly more interesting, and that my fear of approaching strangers completely dissipated. This whole new way of seeing has completely changed the way I approach my small camera work and I really feel liberated. I think it’s important that we all give ourselves a break once and a while. Let go for just a second, give yourself an assignment/personal project, and shoot it with a camera you’ve always dreamed of taking out of the cage.