My Hidden Intellectualism: Photography
As long as I can remember, I have always loved photography, getting my first camera, an Instamatic Polaroid, at the age of 12. (For the next few sentences, I will give specific examples of me enjoying taking photographs throughout my life.)
Now that I have started college,(here I will connect and hyperlink to the reading, ) Hidden Intellectualism a theory and an article written by Gerald Graf (and explain the reading which will bring me to my main point below).
My life-long interest in photography has given me hidden intellectualism — academic skills and habits, while helping develop my brain and keeping it healthy. (This is my main point, so I made it it’s own paragraph at the end of my introduction to make it stand out to the reader.)
Practicing photography for so many years, I have learned the important academic skill of “rethinking my ideas” which I need in all college classes, especially English as explained by my awesome teacher, Doreen Deicke. (In this paragraph or two, I will show the connection between how I rethink my ideas in photography and how I can apply that skill to specific assignments in my English class.)
Taking pictures has also taught me about deliberate practice, a strategy that focuses on listening to feedback and focusing on skills more than the final product, a habit of success that can help me in all my academic pursuits. (In this paragraph or two, I will discuss how I have used deliberate practice — listening to a teacher and the other students critique my work to improve it, focusing on learning skills versus worrying about the outcome — to get better in photography. I will then show I am using that skill in my English class.)
And as photography has moved from film to digital, I am learning new digital programs which are challenging for me to learn. Fortunately for me, the latest research on brain health has shown that when middle-aged and older people spend time learning a difficult skill, their brain stays sharp as they age. (In this paragraph or two, I will report on the latest research about how learning difficult tasks helps brain health in middle-age people (which I am now) as explained by scientists like — Dr. Joe Verghese, an assistant professor of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City)
Before writing this paper, I knew I loved photography, but I always thought of it as merely a pleasurable hobby, but after this paper, I realized … (in a few sentences, I will explain what I now realize about how my hobby has helped my intellectual life)
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