Jodi Hooker advises students on how to be successful with artistic and multimedia skills
Jodi Hooker, who has loved art and photography since she was young, says she has faced new challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
An art teacher at American River College, Hooker started out like many of his students, working hard to achieve his goal.
âI started to be an art teacher early in my life and that was after I got my [associate of arts degree] of a community college, âHooker said. âEarning my living was the most important thing to me. I needed a “secure” career.
Hooker decided she could strike a balance between two time-consuming things: art and teaching. With a studio in his home, Hooker can work from home.
âEvery day I process digital images, draw, paint, prepare paper, clean or read and think about art. It’s all part of the life of the studio, âHooker said.
Hooker is adept at transferring knowledge to his students and often tells them that the only way to be successful is to hone their skills in several areas: language, multimedia, and imaging.
“Learning, I think, is the most important [skill]”said Hooker.
Hooker explained the difficulties of photojournalism during the circumstances of the lockdown.
âMany wedding events and commercial photographers have been negatively affected by the pandemic closings,â Hooker said.
Hooker says that as consumers we are using more photographs for free and commercial photography is becoming very difficult.
âIt was true before the pandemic, but the shutdown has been particularly tough,â Hooker said.
Hooker says the pandemic is making it harder to learn because he’s online.
Hooker explains the reflection of learning difficulties.
âIt is also more difficult to acquire higher thinking skills. However, online education is better than no education, âHooker said. âThe nuance of what you learn face to face in a classroom is lost in the online world.
Hooker also spoke about the psychological and sociological impacts and reflections of the pandemic on photographers.
âI can only speak for myself, where I suffered a great loss during that time,â Hooker said. “It’s hard to learn by grieving, it’s hard to create by grieving.”
Hooker advises his students to be kind to each other.
âMore than online learning, I believe our grief has affected education, we all need love, care and compassion,â he says.
Hooker also offered recommendations to his photojournalism students.
âThe photographer should be encouraged to express their loneliness and isolation, grief and loss, hope and anxiety for the future in pictures during this time,â Hooker said.
Hooker added that for photographers to improve their performance, they have to follow what Ansel Adams said: “If you want to be a photographer, take more pictures.”