Becoming an Artist

Read each part of Becoming an Artist, then answer the questions for that chapter on these pages. After you complete your responses, read the next chapter and answer the questions.

  1. Porterís Early Years

In what two places did Porter live as a child? Describe the natural surroundings. (List your examples.)

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What interests did Porterís parents have that influenced him as an artist?

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What special experiences did Porter have as a child that probably made him want to become a nature photographer?

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  1. Porterís Introduction to Photography

When did Porter receive his first camera, and what did he do with it?

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As a child, what was Porterís favorite subject for photographs? How would you photograph this subject?

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Why did Porter purchase a better and more sophisticated camera? (Be sure to read the pop-up definitions for the two cameras Porter used when he was young.)

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  1. A Love for Science

What career did Porter have for ten years before he became a full-time photographer? What kind of training did that career require?

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How is looking through a microscope similar to looking at the natural world? How is it similar to photographing nature? How is it different?

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  1. Committing to a Career in Art

What hobby did Porter pick up again? Why?

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Who did Porter look to for criticism?

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How did Porter continue to improve his photographic technique?

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Why do you think Porter preferred color when most photographers were making pictures in black and white?

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