Greetings from China! I am teaching a View Camera & Platinum Printing workshop for Alpa China here in Huangzhou. Working through an interpreter in a language that has such different nuances than my own has been challenging and produced much laughter amongst my students. Who knew photography could be so funny?
Best intentions for getting this newsletter out at the beginning of the month have long since passed any excuses. I’ll keep it short and just let you know that workshops are filling up and 2013 has started well.
The new Alabama Revisited workshop in January was a big success! The Sloss Furnaces were an exciting and challenging property to photograph but the work that students have shown me from that week has been exciting to see. The juxtaposition from industrial to historic buildings in Mooresville and old downtown Decatur provided something of interest for every photographer in the group. It’s definitely worth revisiting next January!
The weekend before I left for China we held the first Portfolio weekend workshop in my home. Eight hardworking photographers brought a representative portfolio of work and we spent time looking at the images both individually as well as sequencing for exhibit or book. What a gift this time was for everyone including my wife Donna, friend Tim Whelan and myself. The conversations were rich and deep and we all left with renewed respect for the vast and wonderful ways that each of us sees the world. In addition, participants left with ideas for continuing the work as well as direction for final form. We all agreed that this is definitely a workshop worth repeating.
The North Dakota workshop is full but we are keeping a waiting list.
The Photographers’ Retreat will be held for the fourth year at Peters Valley Craft Center April 12 – 14. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register for housing.
Eastern Remnants of the Erie Canal is running April 14 – 19. There is still space in this workshop.
I’ll be teaching at the Maine Media Workshops again this summer. Extraordinary Images in Ordinary Places (July 7 – 12) is a great workshop to take if you are looking for a way back into making photographs or simply need a creative jolt. Russ Young and I will be team teaching Working with Soft Focus Lenses (August 4 – 9). Register for both of these workshops at www.mainemedia.edu.
The last workshop for the year is Ghost Towns of Western Montana (September 8 – 13). Spend a week photographing in Bannack, Montana’s first territorial capital and the old mining town of Garnet. Both locations provide interesting and challenging opportunities for photographers of all experience, film-based and digital.
I hope that wherever you are spring is arriving. There’s still snow in Maine but the longer daylight is doing its job and the sap is rising in the sugar maples. It won’t be long now until all the windows are open and summer is here. Get yourself outside and make some spring photographs. I hope to see you at a workshop soon.
All the best,