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Newsletter January 2018

Dear Friends,

I hope your holidays were wonderful, no matter how you celebrated them! As you make your New Year’s resolutions, resolve to treat yourself to a workshop, if not with me then with someone whose work inspires you to make better photographs. The world needs all the great photographs we can make!

One of my goals for this coming year was to find new venues for workshops and the result is I’m gearing up for a very busy and exciting 2018! The workshops are listed below with brief descriptions and links to the website.

How are my workshops different from the other 10,000+ photography workshops? I take you to unusual locations, not necessarily the latest and greatest “new find” but more than likely a quiet, out-of-the-way corner in a place you’ve never thought about photographing. It’s usual for me to have photographed the general area a few times before my images let me know the area has interesting workshop possibilities. I see my job as that of a mentor, helping you make your images and growing your vision, not mine. As my workshops tend to focus on an area and are not a more linear photo tour you have the opportunity to return to specific sites over and over again to work them for the images you want to make.

Furthermore, registration is easy! Fill out the on-line registration information. No deposits are required on workshops. The moment we have the minimum to run a workshop we will contact you. Invoices will be sent out at that point. Every effort is made to announce a workshop’s viability within two months of the start date.
There’s even a 10% discount when you pay your tuition in full by check!

Here’s the 2018 workshop lineup:

Portfolio Weekend (March 2-4, Camden ME): a small group focused on portfolio reviews providing priceless conversation and peer mentoring.

9th Annual Photographers’ Retreat (April 27-29, Johnstown NY): a tuition-free opportunity for photographers of all interests and experience to meet to share work, photograph and make and deepen friendships.

NEW! Spirit of Structure: Canyons, Waterfalls & Spring in the Park (April 29 – May 4, Letchworth State Park NY): a location workshop focused on the Grand Canyon of the East, Mount Morris Dam and Stony Brook State Park.

Spirit of Structure: Peters Valley School of Craft (June 22-26, Layton NJ): a location workshop focused on the buildings and landscape of the Delaware Water Gap Federal Recreation Area.
Registration through Peters Valley School of Craft

NEW! A Portrait of a Community: Lincolnville ME (July 22-27, ME): a portrait of a community will be built, picture by picture, from portraits of residents, farms, businesses, community organization and the physical features of the area.

NEW! Platinum Printing in the 21st Century (July 31-Aug 5, Inderoy, Norway): platinum printing instruction for the beginner through intermediate printer.
Registration through Nord Photography 

NEW! Introduction to North Dakota (August 16-18, Rugby ND): for any photographer new to location workshops who needs some camera or digital darkroom skill building. Great introduction to Celebrating North Dakota!

Spirit of Structure: Celebrating North Dakota (August 19-24, Rugby ND): a unique location workshop opportunity to photograph isolated, abandoned farmhouses and nearly deserted towns in north central North Dakota.

Spirit of Structure: Mid Coast Maine (September 9-14, Rockport ME): a location workshop photographing buildings and locations of interest in the mid-coast area.
Registration through Maine Media Workshops

NEW! Advanced Platinum Printing (September 16-21, Rockport ME): a technical class on making digital negatives and platinum prints.
Registration through Maine Media Workshops

NEW! Spirit of Structure: Tuscany, Italy (October 6-13, San Fedele Tuscany): a location workshop in the Chianti region of Tuscany.
Registration through Il Chiostro

Possible-workshop-in-progress: Guilin, China (November): in partnership with the Chinese Language Institute (C.L.I.) a return to Guilin, whose scenery is best among all under heaven! (popular Chinese saying). Will post information on the website as available.

Scheduled by request: Portfolio consultations, book projects, and private/semi-private tutorials in Platinum Printing and View Camera Technique Focused on you, tutorials are from two hours to five days. It’s a great way to get what you need in a timeframe that works for you. Contact me (tillman@tillmancrane.com) for further details.

Hope to see you at a workshop or the Photographers’ Retreat this year!

Happy New Year!
Tillman

Musing December 2017

A Project Evolves and an Obsession Ends

Back in 2009 I became interested in photographing the Erie Canal. As a project it offered history and historic structures in contemporary use, it covered a sizeable and varied topography and was within a day’s drive of home. The locks and dams on the Tennessee River where I grew up were huge and inaccessible but my first visit to the Erie Canal’s more human scaled locks hooked me in. I started my research and visited my friend, Dennis Stierer, to take a look at the historic flight of five locks giving Lockport it’s name. So began my seven-year obsession to find as many parts and pieces of the original (1825), the enlarged 1845 and new modern Barge canal system.

Dennis and I tracked down and photographed the remains of virtually every section of the canal that we could find. We led six workshops, several Photographers’ Retreats and made several trips a year in all seasons to work along the canal. This fall we closed a 100-platinum print exhibition at the Kenan Art Center in Lockport and finished our latest workshop along the lift bridge section moving west from Rochester. My digital files are downloaded and I am scanning the processed negatives from this last trip.

Walking through the exhibit, looking at the digital files and negatives it is clear to me that the obsessive photographing part of this project is nearing an end. I have photographed the entire length of the canal at least three times and certain locations more than that. I will continue to photograph along the canal for the images that can be made better, images made with newer insight, but the obsession has passed.

For me the Erie Canal is becoming like Scotland, a location I photographed intensely for years, researched and questioned, and although the obsession is ended will still return to seek a new photograph now and then.

The real question is what’s next for me? I have been working on a long-term project on Maine, the Maine that tourists and visitors don’t often see. I will continue this work but don’t feel a compulsion to work on it solely. I know there will be a “next” project that will consume my attention who’s questions will obsess me and the answers be revealed only as I work through the project. It will involve structures, history and require research because these three things seem to be the foundation of every project I undertake. I look forward to discovering what’s next for me.

I wish you all good progress on your own journeys in photography in the coming year.

Tillman

November 2017 Collectors Print Special

 

 

Dear Friends,

The images in the 2017 Collectors Print Specials are selected from my Olson House portfolio. Andrew Wyeth documented life on this isolated, saltwater farm. He painted Christina, Alvaro and their home as symbols of Maine. I photograph the Olson House because of the light pouring in from the oversized windows, bouncing off the hard surfaces of the rooms. Without the life and vitality of the Olsons, the house lost its appeal for Wyeth and he searched for new inspiration. For me, the inspiration continues as the spectral presence of the past weaves in and out of the light. Different artists… different muses.

The Olson House was gifted to the Farnsworth Museum in 1991. The contents of the house had been removed, including the stove, and the house stood worn and silent. I made Skiff, Olson House, Cushing ME in 2008. It was hanging in the rafters of the barn across from the house. The unique perspective gave me the feeling that the boat was flying over me.

All Collectors Print Specials are approximately 5” x7” platinum prints, in editions of 25. The special price of $225.00 is available ONLY during the month of offer and reflects a 45% savings. (Full retail pricing of $500.00 + shipping reinstates on the first day of the following month.) Shipping costs within the continental U.S. is included but prorated to other locations and ME sales tax applies for ME residents. Your print arrives signed, numbered and un-matted – within 30 days of the end of this offer. This is the last print special for 2017.

If you purchased all four images in this year’s collection you bonus print will be shipped with this month’s print. .

 Please return the order form to me by November 30, 2017 to reserve your copy of this month’s Collectors Print Special (XXXII). Thank you for your order!

All the best,

Tillman

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Newsletter October 2017

Newsletter October 2017

Dear Friends,

I am in Guilin (China) this month for the last workshop of 2017. What a wonderful way to end the year! Everything is great – the people (both in the workshop and in Guilin), the weather, the food and Guilin itself. C.L.I. (Chinese Language Institute) has gone out of their way to make this an outstanding experience for all of us and I can’t thank them enough. I look forward to their help in planning future workshops in 2019.

The 2018 workshop schedule is ready for registration on the website! There are four new workshops and several more sponsored through other organizations:

 

Registration through Tillman Crane

Portfolio Weekend      March 2-4     Camden ME

9th Annual Photographers’ Retreat     April 27-29     Johnstown NY

NEW! Spirit of Structure: Canyons, Waterfalls & Spring in the Park     April 29 – May 4     Letchworth State Park NY

NEW! A Portrait of a Community: Lincolnville ME     July 22-27     Lincolnville ME

NEW! Introduction to North Dakota     August 16-18     Rugby ND

Spirit of Structure: Celebrating North Dakota     August 19-24     Rugby ND

 

Registration through Peters Valley School of Craft

Spirit of Structure: Peters Valley School of Craft     June 22-26     Layton NJ

 

Registration through Maine Media Workshops

Spirit of Structure: Mid Coast Maine     September 9-14     Rockport ME

Advanced Platinum Printing     September 16-21     Rockport ME


Registration through Il Chiostro

NEW! Spirit of Structure: Tuscany, Italy     October 6-13     San Fedele Tuscany

Portfolio consultations, book projects, and private/semi-private tutorials in Platinum Printing and View Camera Technique scheduled by request. Focusing on you and your needs, tutorials are from two hours five days and the focus. It’s a great way to get what you need in a timeframe that works for you. Contact me for further details.

The registration process for workshops is simple: Fill out the on-line registration information. (Please register for all of my workshops through the website. This ensures against registrations being lost through missed emails.) No deposits are required on workshops. The moment we have the minimum to run a workshop we will contact you. Invoices will be sent out at that point. Every effort will be made to announce a workshop’s viability within two months of the start date.

Hope to see you at a workshop or the Photographers’ Retreat this year!

Tillman