It’s getting to be that time of year when I start looking forward to teaching at some of my favorite workshops! Three of my favorite workshops are on deck for this summer: The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, ME, and The Center for Photography at Woodstock.
By the end of this workshop, you will see the world differently.OK, so that sounds crazy, but consider this: Our vision is so often limited by what we know that we see what we expect to see instead of what is actually in front of us. This can be particularly challenging to us as photographers; we might try approaching new subject matter, or using different photographic techniques, but inevitably feel like we’re making the same image over and over. That’s where this workshop comes in.We will learn that it is not what you photograph, but how you photograph that is important. Through exercises, assignments, and discussions, the goal of this workshop is to learn to use the camera as a tool to discover new ways of looking at and experiencing the world around us. Instead of thinking things through and being in control, we will learn to develop an intuitive visual approach in our work, trusting in our eyes to guide us.
Last year’s students were as exceptional as ever, and produced some incredible images that really illustrate what it means to see graphically:
This workshop has always been very special for me, and every year I look forward to the opportunity to work with students on tackling the challenging and complicated task of photographing the human form. The body has been the most popular and most used subject throughout the history of art since ancient and prehistoric times. It has been used as a vehicle for expressing the most profound emotions – love, sorrow, anger, ecstasy, sex. It is a powerful subject that can force us to confront ourselves and how we see the body; our reactions, our discomfort, or our attraction. But in order to do so, we must free ourselves of the predetermined notions we have established when interpreting the human form.
In 2014, I was impressed with how quickly my students discovered new ways of looking at the human body, pushing themselves to new levels of seeing and exploring an intuitive approach in photographing the nude:
Similar to The Inspirational Nude workshop in Maine, this two day course emphasizes an intuitive approach in photographing the nude in order to encourage new ways of seeing this classic subject. Artists have always used the nude figure to explore the surreal and the natural, as well as our spiritual and psychological lives. In this workshop, you will be encouraged to explore the figure for its beauty, complexity, and simplicity. Whether you regularly photograph the nude, are new to the figure, or feel stuck and just need a push to get back into photography, this class will deliver a burst of energy, new methods, direction, and clarity.
Using the Nude to See In A New Way will be August 22 – 23, and will include a public lecture at 7:30pm on the 22nd, at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, 59 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498