Aug 282013
 

Last week ended another great week at the Maine Media Workshops.  As always, this was my favorite week of teaching throughout the year.  Maine is beautiful, the weather is gorgeous this time of year, the lobster is delicious, and the students the workshop attracts are always wonderful.

Our class!

This year, my class comprised of six motivated and responsive students who pushed me to push them to a new level, which I find brings out the best in me as a teacher.  We had very engaging and challenging discussions about originality, authentic seeing, and how to photograph such a popular and controversial subject as the human body.  We talked about the multitude of vulnerabilities for both the model and the photographer, and how to look beyond the “concept” of the figure to see it in a new way.  My students responded very quickly to the assignments, producing work that was outstanding and it was nothing short of impressive to see how far everyone had progressed in just one week.

Every year at Maine Media, the week ends with a closing celebration featuring the best videos and slides of the work all of the classes produced.  I was so proud and delighted with my students work, and I’m happy to share some of the work featured in the Friday slide show here:

Mark Harris
Mark Harris
Amber Laurent
Amber Laurent
Charlie Lemay
Charlie Lemay
Charlie Lemay
Enrique Monasterio
Enrique Monasterio
Ruth Steinberg
Ruth Steinberg
Harry Umen
Harry Umen

This year was the 40th anniversary of the Maine Media Workshops, reminding me that I’d been there for the 20th and 30th as well.  Through all these years I look forward to this workshop with excitement and anticipation, and I can’t wait to see what the 50th anniversary will bring!

Thanks to the folks at MMW for all the beautiful memories and for keeping me around year after year, and a very special thank you to my class!  You were all truly wonderful to work with and I can’t wait to see more of your work in the future!

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 August 28, 2013  Posted by at 5:30 pm Workshops

  3 Responses to “Maine Media Workshops 2013 Review”

  1. Thanks Connie for teaching here – the students and staff get so much from your presence here in Maine!

    Meg

  2. […] Click Here to check out the 2013 class and student work! The Human Form runs from August 17 – August 23, at The Maine Media Workshops, 70 Camden St, Rockport ME 04856 There’s still time to register- click here for course and registration info! […]

  3. […] The Human Form is a class that is near and dear to my heart.  The body can be a classical and provocative subject, seen in one instance as graceful and alluring while challenging and provocative in another.  It has been an inspiration for artistic expression for centuries, and through working with it as subject matter has the potential to explore assumptions of beauty, our understanding of “self” and humanity, and the mysterious dynamics between body and spirit, body and mind.  Similar to my class at FAWC, The Human Form is a class that encourages an intuitive approach to working with this wonderful subject as a means to challenge the typical framework with which we make sense of the body.  The work my students have produced throughout the course of the workshop is always astounding, with everyone creating images that are unique and liberating for such a profoundly popular subject.  Here are some of the photographs from my 2013 MMW class: […]

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