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My Teacher Norm Stewart

Me, Norm Stewart and another Guy, Bloomfield Hills Lahser High School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan  c.1975.

Me, Norm Stewart and Another Guy, Bloomfield Hills Lahser High School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan c.1975.

I awoke to Paul Simon on the radio this morning:

“When I think back
On all the crap I learned in high school.
It’s a wonder
I can think at all . . . “

Somewhere along the way I found photography and then life began. I am grateful for all the teachers who came into my life and helped me on the journey. This is a picture of my high school photo teacher Norm Stewart—one of the best. And I’m the guy in the middle in the checked shirt staring in wonder at a print as it is pulled from the tray. To this day that wonder has never ceased . . .

A heartfelt thanks to the “legendary” Mr. Stewart.

P.S.  I posted this previously on Facebook and many kind comments were left. I like this one in particular:

Thanks for your kind words Craig. As a young teacher just starting out in the late 60’s, I learned early not to get in the way of gifted students with heart, drive, vision and passion. You were among those and your success is evidence of that.

—Norm Stewart

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CRAIG VARJABEDIAN is an award-winning photographer who explores the back roads of the American West, making pictures of the unique and quintessential. He shares awe-inspiring stories of the land and the people who live on it . . . one photograph at a time.