My Hidden Intellectualism: Photography

Me channeling Dorothea Lange in the 90s.

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.)

Photo by Yoann Siloine on Unsplash

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.)


Some photos I took recently on a trip to Joshua Tree National Park

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)

Some experimental photos I have been working on

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)

An experiment in depth of field

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