May 232016
 

On Sunday, May 22, Juniper Workshops featured a webinar with Ben Long and myself using WebEx conferencing technology to create a virtual classroom for hosting an in depth photo critique session. Although I’ve previously tutored students one-on-one using FaceTime, Skype, and Dropbox, this was the first time I’ve met with a group over the internet to offer feedback, and I found it to be extremely effective.

There were 8 participants total, consisting of 5 students, Ben and myself, and Joanna, a moderator from Juniper Workshops. We began the webinar using a Keynote to introduce and discuss the nature and purpose of critiques.  Starting off by declaring that they are first and foremost nothing to be afraid of, I found a wonderfully effective font to use to be sure to get this point across…

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All joking aside, we explained how the critique is NOT a place for value judgements, but rather a method for acquiring feedback to build visual awareness, discover potential directions, and enhance understanding of your images. This kind of feedback is crucial to your development as an artist, but can often be difficult to find- while words of encouragement from friends and family may be intended to support you, they rarely provide concrete information about your images and your work. The value of an in depth critique can show you not only how to resolve an image, but area’s to improve and where to go next in your creative process.

Seeing another artist being critiqued can also be a valuable and insightful experience in and of itself. On Sunday, students could observe everyone else’s critique, although Ben and I engaged everyone individually. One of the things I appreciate most about working with Ben is that while we agree on a lot of things, we often have different attitudes and approaches in resolving an image, which provides students with different levels of understanding and options for moving forward. Each student presented 2 images, and we spent about 5-10 mins thoroughly discussing each image. Through the WebEx platform, we were able to be very precise in pointing things out to show what we were talking about, and I found it to be a wonderful way to communicate.

I was so pleased with how the online critique turned out. Everyone seemed to find it very productive and to come out of the experience with greater enthusiasm and comprehension of their work. We have already begun planning for the next webinar session, and will keep everyone posted on details as they develop!

 

 

Apr 132016
 
The very refined process of creating interesting mirror shards

In a recent blog post, I introduced some of my latest images, which include working with some brand new broken mirror shards. Over the years, the process of generating new and interesting shapes of these mirror fragments has evolved. My first attempt involved bending an 8′ plexiglass mirror back on itself until it exploded, dangerously blasting […]

 April 13, 2016  Posted by at 3:58 pm Thoughts and Ramblings, Uncategorized No Responses »
Mar 302016
 
'Seeing' Workshop in Florence, Italy: Aug 7-17, 2016

– I’m very excited to announce a new workshop I’ll be teaching this summer in Florence, Italy, with Juniper Workshops! – The Juniper Workshops promote an interdisciplinary approach, encouraging students “to go beyond simply capturing pretty images. Our students learn to go deeper into their subjects to produce a body of work that expresses more than […]

 March 30, 2016  Posted by at 10:55 am Travel, Workshops No Responses »
Mar 242016
 
Early 2016

My new images are different, or at least they are to me. Okay, so now I have been photographing in mirrors for a few decades.  In the beginning there were lots of new discoveries and fewer and fewer as time goes on.  This makes sense because I see much of my job now as a […]

 March 24, 2016  Posted by at 4:09 pm Latest Images, Portfolio No Responses »
Feb 252016
 
Influence and Originality

In my last post, I discussed the impact of seeing the the Metropolitan Opera‘s production of Lulu, and how it has influenced my own work. To be influenced is to engage so deeply with a piece, with a work of art, that it becomes part of you, infecting your point of view, challenging values or just becoming […]

 February 25, 2016  Posted by at 3:37 pm Thoughts and Ramblings No Responses »
Feb 182016
 
Brought To My Knees

It takes quite a bit to bring me to my knees these days, but the Metropolitan Opera‘s production of Lulu did just that. Patricia, my wife, read a review in the NY Times raving about this season’s Met Opera production of “Lulu” by Berg. She immediately got us tickets for the Met broadcast at a […]

 February 18, 2016  Posted by at 2:30 pm Latest Images, Thoughts and Ramblings 1 Response »
Dec 102015
 
December 2015: back to the mirrors

With the workshop season drawing to a close, I found myself inspired to photograph and eager to get back to my own work. The pool is currently unavailable (details soon….), but my heart is with the mirrors for the time being anyway. I’ve been playing with a different palette in the studio this time, and in just the […]

 December 10, 2015  Posted by at 3:59 pm Latest Images, Portfolio No Responses »
Dec 032015
 
Book Sale!

We’re cleaning out! In an attempt to clean out the studio, from now through the holidays I have a selection of books on sale: Reflections: 25 Years of Photography by Connie Imboden This is my latest monograph, featuring 150 images that represent some of my favorite discoveries throughout the years, including some never before published black […]

 December 3, 2015  Posted by at 12:31 pm Publications No Responses »
Nov 132015
 
2015 Maine Media Workshops Retreat Review

Last week’s Interdisciplinary Retreat with the MFA program at the Maine Media Workshops & College was so intense, so completely chock full of enlightening discourse and insightful discussions, that my brain hurts from thinking so hard. I’m not sure I’ve been able to actually think ever since… I fear I may have sprained my brain. It […]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 11:44 am Workshops No Responses »
Oct 292015
 
Interdisciplinary Retreats at the Maine Media Workshops 2015

I’ll be heading up to Maine next week for another visit to the Maine Media Workshops & College for a 5 day Interdisciplinary Retreat with the MFA program. This intensive program offers students the opportunity to be critiqued by experts in a variety of fields and disciplines, including photography, filmmaking, writing, and even history. Getting […]

 October 29, 2015  Posted by at 12:22 pm Workshops No Responses »