Amphitheater full of asians in dark suits, with the same asian in white standing in the center looking into the camera.

School of Cambridge

2013

There are 91 frames collaged into School of Cambridge (112 before the edits), which is roughly 3 times the number of frames that have gone into any of the other works in this series. This was shot at MIT behind the Strata Center where they have this cool outdoor seating area. I’ve wanted to do a picture at this location for a long time, but a theme never really came to me. Finally one day I just decided to go for it, and I worked out a composition from some scouting shots I had taken of the area.

Unlike many of the other World of One images, I didn’t, going into this picture, have a clear idea of what I wanted to express. Instead, the composition came first, and the meaning behind it came later. I knew I wanted the white figure in the center of the circle as well as a black figure in the foreground both staring into the camera. The image came together when I developed the scenario that the guy in white is the teacher and the guys in black are his students. The shot is taken from the perspective of a student asking a question, and the guy next to him turns towards him as he begins to speak. For me, seeing this image brings back long-suppressed memories of asking stupid questions in class, specifically the moment right before everyone turns to look at me staring in disbelief.

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