As the President of the William G. Baker Jr. Memorial Fund, I could not be more proud nor impressed with how far the Baker Artist Awards have come in the past 10 years! It’s hard to express what a privilege it has been to be so involved with the Baltimore artist community through such a wonderfully transformative platform, to see how immersed it has become within the community, the connections it has fostered, and the lives it has changed.

Every year I look forward to my chat with Rhea, my dear friend, on the MPT ArtWorks program as we announce the winners of the awards.

Above is the 2018 episode as it aired on May 18th, fast forwarded to my interview with Rhea, but be sure to watch the entire segment either here or on the MPT website to see this year’s amazing and well deserving artist awardees!

Last Thursday, MPT ArtWorks aired Episode 507, highlighting their theme on “Photographers”. I could not be more thrilled with their segment on yours truly, which featured an in-studio visit and interview with my dear friend Rhea Feikin. I thought the images looked great, and Rhea’s thoughtful questions focused on core aspects of my work and process that I was eager to share.

You can check out the segment below, or watch it on the MPT ArtWorks website here!

And for a behind the scenes look at the filming in the studio, check out my last blog post here.

Big thanks to Rhea, Susanne Stahley, and everyone at MPT for their tremendous effort and excellent work!

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Catch my interview with Rhea Feikin TOMORROW evening on MPT Artworks at 8:30pm!! Rhea and I are good friends, and we had a wonderful chat in front of the cameras, right here in my very own studio.

You can tune in or watch online at http://video.mpt.tv/show/artworks/

In the meantime, here are some behind-the-scenes shots as we prepared for filming in the studio. Enjoy!

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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!

 

 

Back in December I wrote about being included in the Nordic Light International Festival of Photography in Kristiansund, Norway.  The festival was April 22 – 27th, and was SUCH A BLAST!  I’ll say this for Norwegians- they sure do know how to party!

Leaving Baltimore to go to Norway in April was an interesting challenge.  Just as the weather was warming up here, the temps in Norway were topping out in the 50’s.  Although you wouldn’t know it from the photo of Kristiansund above, there was also occasional rain, sleet, and snow to boot. We had come prepared, packing winter coats and cold weather gear, but arrived to find that our suitcases had (of course) not made it.

Patricia and I with Marian, decked out in our Nordic winter gear!

Fortunately, our host Marianne Andersen was prepared, and was so gracious to provide us with coats, scarves, warm socks and shoes.  We were promptly taken care of, and felt so warm and welcome despite the chilly weather.

The festival featured a slew of excellent and talented photographers, including Alex Webb, Chris Rainier, Steve McCurryLeysis QuesadaNelson Ramirez De Arellano, and Pedro Abascal.  It was exciting to meet so many amazing photographers from around the world and hear them talk about their work and processes.  It made for a truly invigorating and inspiring atmosphere.  The festival included 15 impressive exhibitions, great panel discussions, and even photography trivia at night in the local bar!

My visit to the festival included a presentation where I had the opportunity to discuss my work and the creative process, and it could not have been more well received.  Everyone seemed to really respond to my images, and I was flattered to have the talk end with a standing ovation!

In addition to the wonderful experience we had at the festival, the Norwegian landscape was breathtaking.  Norway is known for it’s beautiful fjords– long, deep inlets of the sea formed by glacial activity between high cliffs.  We managed to take a trip outside of Kristiansund to see some and they were stunning.  The water there is an amazing shade of blue and the Norwegian countryside was simply gorgeous.

The trip to Norway was one I will never forget.  I have had a number of fortunate opportunities to travel to various workshops in the past year or so, and it has been a real privilege being able to meet so many people from around the world who share a passion for photography.  Again and again I have been amazed at the power visual language has to transcend cultural differences.  The potential for connecting to other human beings on real, deep, and meaningful levels through the medium of photography is astounding, and never ceases to astound me.  With more workshops just around the corner, I can hardly wait to see what lies ahead… 

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been invited to exhibit my work in the Nordic Light International Festival of Photography in Kristiansund, Norway!

Established in 2006, the festival is one of the biggest and most important photography events in Europe, and attracts re-knowned photographers from all over the world.  I will be exhibiting 25 photos, both new work as well as old, between April 23 – May 5, 2013.  I’ll also be participating in portfolio reviews and be giving a lecture at some point during that time frame, although the exact date has not yet been set- I’ll keep you posted!

After the festival, several images will be be catalogued in the Nordic Light International Centre for Photography’s “House of Photography”, as part of a collective exhibition called “Legends of Honour”.

This should be a very exciting festival and I’m honored to be included in their permanent collection!

 

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photo © Cory Donovan

Thursday, March 22, 6:30-8:00pm

Connie Imboden has spent more than 30 years using photography to examine, distort and redefine the human body.

Imboden’s work is in the collections of many major museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, the Bibliotheque Nationale in France and the Ludwig Museum in Germany. Her photographs have been exhibited in an extensive range of group and solo shows at galleries and museums throughout Europe, the United States, South America and most recently China.

Her first book of images, Out of Darkness, won the Silver Medal in Switzerland’s “Schonste Bucher Aus Aller Welt (Most Beautiful Book in the World)” competition in 1993. Her most recent book, Reflections was released in 2009.

Imboden currently teaches photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art as well as many workshops around the world.

Imboden’s photographs, seen through the camera and free from darkroom or computer enhancement, display the strangeness of reality in an age of digital manipulation. She will discuss the technical issues involved in relying on her vision to transform the subject matter and how an intuitive creative process has kept her fascinated with the same body of work throughout the years.

Tickets for this event will be released online on Wednesday, March 14 at 12 noon and Thursday, March 15 at 9:30am. Once tickets are released, you may register by clicking here. Each person is limited to two tickets.

Please note that our lectures tend to fill up quickly. Don’t be discouraged if you are unable to get tickets through our online ticketing system. The standby list for each lecture begins at 5pm on the day of the event in person at the Photography Space. About 10 minutes prior to the start of the lecture, we release any seats that have not been claimed by ticketholders to our standby guests. Out of respect to our speaker and the other guests, late arrivals to the lecture are discouraged.

FOR MORE EVENT INFO, CLICK HERE!


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Back in June, I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Ben Long at The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute workshops.  In addition to his work with many magazines such as MacWeek, MacUser, Macworld, and CreativePro.com, Ben is also a regular contributor to lynda.com, an award winning online instructional video library.

lynda.com produces thousands of video tutorials and training on various topics.  While most of their video’s feature courses on software, they have been working towards focusing on where creativity and technology intersect.  Some of their latest videos are aimed at educating not just the practical aspects of a given discipline, but the artistic understanding and creative vision that can be applied.

Ben Long’s Foundations of Photography series has been a huge success with lynda.com, addressing technical knowledge of photography with an understanding of the aesthetics of it as well.  Following our work together during the summer at Quartz mountain, Ben and I were reunited for fall courses at The Oklahoma Arts Institute.  The folks at lynda.com took the opportunity to incorporate the workshop into a new course Ben was working on for the site,  Foundations of Photography: Composition.  We were followed by a camera crew who filmed our lectures on creativity, intuition and seeing, as well as critiques and discussions with the students.

This was such a new and fantastic project to work on, and it was wonderful to work with Ben and everyone from lynda.com.  The Foundations of Photography: Composition video series was published on lynda.com on 12-23-11 and has already been a huge success, highlighting as one of the most viewed courses.  I highly encourage anyone interested to check out the series, you won’t be disappointed!

March 14 – April 25, 2009

Opening Reception & Book Signing: March 14, 2009
Reception begins at 6pm

Book signing begins at 5pm, and will be featuring the new book,
“Reflections: 25 Years of Photography by Connie Imboden”

Here’s the gallery info:

Heineman Myers Contemporary Art
4728 Hampden Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
www.heinemanmyers.com
301-951-7900

Click on the logo above to visit heinemanmyers.com : )