Keynote speaker for photography conference describes past, current work

October 29th, 2012 Comments Off on Keynote speaker for photography conference describes past, current work

Todd Hido | Hido took a series of photos inside foreclosed homes to show that even images of buildings are often more about people. This photo shows years of handprints left from the previous residents on the door.

Todd Hido
knows the importance of education. He began his lecture by mentioning his sadness by the recent Taliban shooting of a Pakistani girl just for wanting to learn.

“We are so lucky to be here,” he said. “Education is one of the most important things in the world, and people are willing to die for it.”

In fact, Hido, the keynote speaker for the 2012 Society for Photographic Education South Centeral (SPESC) conference, would probably not be where he is today if it were not for the encouragement of a high school teacher. Hido said his teacher noticed he had a talent for photography and encouraged him to pursue it.

Hido’s first photos, taken with his Instamatic 126 camera, recorded his hobby and talent of BMX racing (he was the state champion in Ohio four times). He said he began taking photos as proof that a trick was performed.

“Kids do tricks, and they only happen once,” he laughed. “If you don’t record it, it didn’t happen.”

Hido chose to follow his teacher’s advice. He pursued an education in photography and earned his Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum Fine Arts, Boston.

Over the years, Hido’s work has included night photography and images that look to him like his hometown in Ohio. He enjoys taking photos of places that really are more about people.

For example, he showed a photo he took at night of a house with two windows lit by the glow of TVs, and he likes to create a story about why the occupants were in separate rooms.

However, he said, “the meaning of art resides in the viewer,” and he loves that people will fill in their own stories about his pictures.

Hido currently has a book being printed, Excerpts from Silver Meadows. It contains a mixture of pictures he made and some he found.  He said he put two truths together to make a fiction that is ultimately telling a truth and described it as “my little risk taking adventure.”

After the lecture, Hido attended a reception for his exhibit, Nothing Ventured/Nothing Gained: The Creative risk, with the works of fellow photographers Kelli Connell, Susan Burnstine and Dornith Doherty.

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