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Newsletter January 2017

Happy New Year everyone! I wish you good health, prosperity and an abundance of time to make great photographs! Regarding the last on the list, the best way to make those great photographs happen is by doing, by getting out and making new photographs regularly. Some of you find this easy to accomplish on your own. Others find that a week away from their life’s routines sets in motion the groundwork for incorporating a new routine for time to photograph. Aside from the creative sparks a change in location can bring, a workshop also provides camaraderie, knowledge and fun!

The response to my brief email about the 2017 workshop schedule has been enthusiastic and I’d like to use this newsletter to give you a bit more information so that you can pick the best workshop for your interests. I’m a planner and letting you know as soon as I have the minimum to run a workshop is my goal. This keeps travel expenses lower for all of us. It also allows me to schedule other business opportunities into the gaps (which Donna reminds me is the business part of Tillman Crane Photography)…

As we have for the past several years we begin the workshop year with the Portfolio weekend. Limited to 8 participants, each photographer brings a portfolio or selection of photographs (not digital files) to the workshop. We meet briefly on Friday night to introduce our work and ourselves to each other. Saturday and Sunday we spend an hour discussing each person’s prints. Saturday’s focus is the technical and aesthetic aspects of the work. Sunday we arrange and sequence the work as if for an exhibition, book, or continuing portfolio. Leaders include myself, my wife Donna (my editor extraordinaire) and Tim Whelan (photo historian and bookseller) but the most important feedback often comes from your fellow photographers. Portfolio Weekend, March 3-5, 2017

The Photographers Retreat is just that: the chance to meet, talk and share work with other photographers. It is a laid back relaxed weekend of fellowship and photography. It is my chance to be a student and not a teacher. I always see interesting work, meet new photographers and reconnect with friends I have known for years. This year we are returning to Peters Valley School of Craft (note the name change) in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. It is a tuition-free event though you are responsible for travel, room and board. Eighth Annual Photographers’ Retreat  April 28-30, 2017

NEW workshop! Pinholes, Portraits and Cyanotypes with Russ Young. Russ lives in Floyd VA, on the Blue Ridge Parkway. An expert on pinhole and cyanotype photography Russ’ farm also offers a great south light studio for portraits and still life work. We will create landscape images along the parkway and on his farm the first part of the week. The second half we will make digital negatives and cyanotype prints. This is a great opportunity as both an introduction to alternative photographic processes and a chance to try out several historic soft focus lenses. I hope you will join us for Pinholes, Portraits and Cyanotypes!, May 21-26, 2017. Class size 10

The Abandoned Farms of North Dakota workshop has been one of the most popular workshops over the past 8 years. This year the workshop is in August rather than May. The weather should be perfect and we will be there when the harvest begins. If you have been to North Dakota in the spring you may seriously want to consider returning in the late summer. It is a completely different landscape and experience. As in every previous year, there will be about 25 locations to photograph, some old but many new as access, availability and nature continue to change the landscape. If you have always wanted to attend the workshop but the timing was wrong, this is the year to make it happen. Dan Smith and I look forward to seeing you in North Dakota this August! Abandoned Farms of North Dakota, August 20-25, 2017. Class size 15

This year’s Erie Canal workshop is located in, what I call, the lift bridge section of the canal, Brockport, NY. We will photograph from the Fairport lift bridges to the step locks in Lockport. We will also spend a day at the George Eastman House (Rochester) touring behind the scenes of the print and camera collections. Join Dennis Stierer and me in chasing the fall light along the Erie Canal. Bicentennial of the Erie Canal, September 24-29, 2017. Class size 15

New workshop! Autumn in Guilin, China. If you have been following my adventures over the past few years you know that I have been spending more and more time in China. Last summer I spent 5 weeks in Guilin, learning a little Mandarin and a lot of culture at the Chinese Language Institute. I have teamed with C.L.I. to create what I think will be an extraordinary workshop experience. We will spend ten days photographing in and around the Guilin area. This workshop is not a tour where every day you go to another city but rather an excursion for photographers where each day you will explore another part of Guilin and its environs at a photographer’s pace. I hope you can join me for this unique exploration of the beautiful Guilin area. Autumn in Guilin, China, October 22 – November 1, 2017. Class size 12

Portfolio Consultations, Book projects, and Private/Semi-Private Tutorials in Platinum Printing and View Camera technique scheduled by request. Tutorials are generally from one to five days and the focus is on you and your interests! It’s an efficient way to get what you need in a limited amount of time. Contact Tillman (tillman@tillmancrane.com) for further details.

This year we made the difficult decision to increase our workshop prices. This is our first workshop price increase in over 10 years and we hope it will not be the deterrent in your choice of workshop teachers.

We will still continue to offer the same discounts as before:

  • Save 10% if you pay by check and in full at the time you are invoiced for the workshop.
  • Save 25% if you are a returning student taking a specific workshop for a second time or more and pay by check.
  • Save 15% if you are a returning student taking a specific workshop for a second time or more and pay by credit card.
  • These discounts can be combined.
  • Discounts are not available on private/semi-private workshops/tutorials.

The registration process for workshops is simple: Fill out the on-line registration information. No deposits required on workshops. As soon as we have the minimum to make the workshop a “go” 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.

Big news of note: Bob Keyes wrote a 2-page feature article on me in the January 8 Portland Press Herald Audience section. You can read it here.

Next month the first Collectors’ Print Special of the year will be available. The focus this year will be images from the Olson House, Cushing ME, made famous by Andrew Wyeth. I have three prints in an April exhibition at the Farnsworth Museum (Rockland ME) along with 5 other photographers celebrating this iconic Maine house.

Wish you all the best of winter light,

Tillman

 

August 2016 Newsletter

July 1, 2016

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Guilin, China! It’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride this first week of Mandarin classes but I’m slowly adjusting to the heat and humidity, cultural shift and brain drain of being a student again. The town, food, and people are great and I am hopeful that when I leave the end of the month I will have a little better understanding of the culture and language of this amazing country.

Before I left for this adventure, we delivered the prints for the exhibit in Beijing. The months of selection, preparation and printing were all worth it when we took a last look at the prints, side by side, before packing them up. I think selecting out the final prints was probably the hardest part of the task. Looking back over 30+ years of images I got to print some of them at 16×20 for the first time and I loved seeing them this size. However, selecting the 100 images, that best represent my career to this point, required me to step back from the emotional attachment and really look at the work with a critical eye. I hope I can keep making images for another 30 years and, if given the chance, to look back with a critical eye and say of a few, “this one is good.” In the end, we are each our harshest critic. Exhibit dates and details are still are still being decided so will keep you posted.

The last two workshops for the year are the Orkney Islands workshop (August 31 – September 9) and the Erie Canal workshop (October 2 – 7). There are still a few openings in each workshop so contact Donna if you are interested in joining us.

Beginning plans for the 2017 schedule include a Landscape and Portrait workshop with Russ Young in Floyd, VA, May 21 – 26, 2017. This workshop will also include some alternative process work. I am also working on two possible workshops in Hong Kong/China and plan to have more specifics for you in the fall newsletter.

Due to the focus on the China exhibit, I do not have a new exhibit in my own gallery this year. Therefore we will not be holding an Open Gallery/Studio day this summer. However, the gallery will open by appointment August 3 – 25, until I leave for Scotland. If you are in the area, please give a call and come for a visit. We’d love to see you.

Have a great summer, everyone!

All the best,

Tillman

Newsletter January 2016

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! 2016 will be a busy year for me. I travel with a friend to Japan to photograph mid-January, returning in time for private tutorials in February. Workshops begin in March and are listed below. I spend five weeks at the Chinese Language Institute in Guilin, Guangxi, China in June/July learning more Mandarin. I return home for the August 13th Gallery Open House here in Camden. In late October I will head to Beijing for the opening of an exhibit of 100 + of my platinum prints.

The images for the 2016 Collectors Print Specials will be selected from Tillman Crane/STRUCTURE in celebration of the book’s 15th year of publication. These prints will be available as 5×7 platinum prints limited to an edition of 25 for the discounted price of $225.00 during their month of offer. Print specials will be available February, May, August and November this year.

Portfolio Consultations, Book projects, and Private/Semi-Private Tutorials in Platinum Printing and View Camera Technique scheduled by request. Tutorials are generally from one to five days and the focus is on you and your interests! It’s an efficient way to get what you need in a limited amount of time. Contact Tillman for further details.

Full details for the workshop line up for 2016 can be found in the links below:

We have simplified the registration process for workshops. No deposits required on workshops. Simply fill out the on-line registration information and as soon as we have enough sign ups to make the workshop a “go” 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.

We have not raised our workshop pricing in years, but our costs for doing workshops have, as you can imagine, continued to increase. In our effort to keep our current workshop pricing, please note the following changes to workshop discounts:

  • Save 10% if you pay by check and in full at the time you are invoiced for the workshop.
  • Save 25% if you are a returning student taking a specific workshop for a second time or more and pay by check.
  • Save 15% if you are a returning student taking a specific workshop for a second time or more and pay by credit card.
  • These discounts can be combined.
  • Discounts are not available on private/semi-private workshops/tutorials.

I hope you can make the time to photograph or make prints this winter. I look forward to seeing some of you in workshops, at the Photographers’ Retreat or at my Gallery openings.

I wish you all the very best in the coming year!

Tillman

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Newsletter November 2015

Dear Friends,

It’s November and half the leaves have dropped while the colors of fall continue their transformation in the changing light. We’ve added to the sugar rush of over 1350+ trick and treaters and enjoyed the extra hour of sleep from the time change. This month I make another trip to photograph on the Erie Canal project after teaching a private tutorial in my darkroom, developing the last boxes of film shot this year and choose the 2016 ad and Collectors Print Special images needed for December deadlines. Today’s focus, however, is the highlights of the 2016 workshop schedule.

Portfolio weekend  (March 4 – 6): A weekend-long portfolio review limited to 8 students. Whether your work is destined for exhibit, book or further work on a project, examining it from both a craft/vision perspective and as a body of work is essential to a strong message. This group review provides the feedback needed for a clear perspective on your current work and the possible directions for new work.

NEW workshop! Spirit of Structure: East Tennessee  (March 27-April 1): Based in Townsend TN, explore the natural environment and architectural heritage of the Appalachian region in early spring. Points of interest include Townsend, Museum of Appalachia and the western side of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Guest Instructor, Dr. Russ Young, will be available to those interested in soft focus and pinhole work for both view camera and digital formats.

Photographers’ Retreat  (April 29 – May 1): Based in Rome NY at the Beeches Inn and Conference Center, this weekend is an opportunity for photographers to relax, make photographs, share work and hang out with other photographers. Last year over 30 photographers took advantage of this location to photograph along the Erie Canal, Black River Canal, and at the Erie Canal Village. On Saturday afternoon there is time for sharing prints and in the evening the option of a group dinner. There is no registration fee. Participants cover travel, lodging & food.

Spirit of Structure: Abandoned Farms of North Dakota  (May 8 – 13): Based in Rugby, the geographical center of North America, we photograph in houses, churches, barns and one room school houses that have been left to stand alone in time. The unique key to this workshop is that participants have permission to be in these privately owned locations. My friend, Dan Smith, has personally arranged with the owners our use of the properties during the workshop. If you like photographing in empty or abandoned locations, this workshop is for you.

 Spirit of Structure: The Orkney Islands  (August 31 – September 9): Here’s a terrific opportunity to photograph in Northern Scotland with someone who knows it well. Explore 5000 year-old standing stones, 12th – 18th century cathedrals, churches and kirks, WWI and WWII defensive fortifications, the distinct landscape of Mainland Orkney, as well as a few of the surrounding islands in the archipelago.

Spirit of Structure: Erie Canal  (October 2 – 7): Based in the Waterloo/Seneca Fall area just west of Syracuse, the emphasis this year will be on the Seneca Canal and the beautiful surrounding area. Home to the Women’s Rights National Park and Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls is also believed to be an inspiration for the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life”. There are even a number of wineries in the area. We may venture as far west as Fairport to photograph the few remaining lift bridges on the modern barge canal.

 Portfolio Consultations, Book projects, and Private Tutorials in Platinum Printing and View Camera Technique scheduled by request. Contact Tillman for further details.

Please note that we have simplified the registration process for workshops. We are no longer requiring deposits on workshops. Simply fill out the on-line registration information and as soon as we have enough sign ups to make the workshop a “go” 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.

There is also a change in workshop discounts. We have not raised our workshop pricing in years, but our costs for doing workshops have, as you can imagine, continued to increase. In our effort to keep our current workshop pricing, the following changes have been made to workshop discounts:

  • Save 10% if you pay by check and in full at the time you are invoiced for the workshop.
  • Save 25% if you are a returning student taking a specific workshop for a second time or more and pay by check.
  • Save 15% if you are a returning student taking a specific workshop for a second time or more and pay by credit card.
  • These discounts can be combined.
  • Discounts are not available on private/semi-private workshops/tutorials.

I look forward to working with you in the coming year!

All the best,

Tillman