2016 List of Workshops
JUNE 29 – JULY 3, 2016
The Nude As Form
SAGA – Inderøy – Norway
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 when photographing the nude, a subject dominated by preconceptions. The nude, more than any other subject, is the most popular in the history of art, and possibly the most controversial.
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 interpreting the human form. By looking at it as form, we will learn to develop an intuitive visual approach in photographing the body in order to see it in a new way and be truly original with this most popular subject.
JULY 24 – JULY 30, 2016
The Inspirational Nude
Photographing the nude can be a challenging and complicated task. 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.
The goal of this class is two-fold: first, to engage in exercises that help participants recognize and develop their intuitive sense, and secondly, to photograph the nude with increased reliance on the intuitive eye. Participants photograph the nude in a variety of locations, directed by assignments designed to see past our initial judgements, preconceptions, and visual assumptions. Students are challenged to identify their own notions about how the body looks and to see the human form for what it is.
AUGUST 7 – AUGUST 17, 2016
Our vision is often limited by our expectation of what we think we should see instead of what is actually in front of us. Our brains guide our vision and while that guidance allows us to move quickly through a complex visual world, the brain’s interference can be a real hindrance to the process of photography. The fact that we see what we expect to see can inevitably leave us feeling like we’re making the same image over and over. The fix for that is to learn to see the world differently.
In this workshop we will learn that what you photograph is not as important as how you photograph it. Through exercises, assignments, and discussions, you will learn to use your camera as a tool to discover new ways of looking at and experiencing the world around you. Instead of thinking about what makes the best shot and being in control, we will learn to develop an intuitive visual approach in our work, trusting in our eyes to guide us through shooting. Working in a supportive environment, we will emphasize process is over product, while encouraging playfulness, and exploring the idea of mistakes as pathways to discovery. This class is suitable for all levels, though a working knowledge of your digital camera is important.