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Spirit of Structure: Birthplace of the Erie Canal, Rome NY

Spirit of Structure: Birthplace of the Erie Canal, Rome NY

May 2 – 7, 2015 Rome, NY Class Size: 15 Tuition: $1500 Instructors: Tillman Crane and Dennis Stierer Register by downloading our Workshop Application (PDF) or contact us.

This is the fourth workshop along the Erie Canal and we will be working in the area where digging began on the original canal in 1817, almost 200 years ago! First known as Clinton’s Folly or Clinton’s ditch, the Canal paid its debts and began paying profits to its investors in a shorter time than thought possible. As we approach the bi-centennial of the Erie Canal we will once again be chasing the remains of the original canal and examining the working modern canal. We will work along the canal during the first week it opens for the season. Spring will be in the air, the canal will be welcoming its first boats and we will be there to photograph the events.

Between Utica and eastern Syracuse, the modern canal begins it eastward journey after crossing Onieda Lake at Sylvan Beach, a small lakeside resort. From here we will head to Lock 22, 21 and 20. A little south of here is the Old Erie Canal State Park, a 36-mile trail following the original and 1840’s-era canal. Other areas of interest include original locks and aqueducts, Verona State Park, Sylvan Beach Amusement Park, Fort Stanwix National Monument, Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, the reconstructed Erie Canal Village and Old Fort Herkimer Church.

This is a location workshop in which we will focus on creating photographs. All camera format, film and digital, are welcome. Large format and film are always welcome in my workshop but be advised that there is no opportunity for processing film. Digital photographers should bring their own laptop to edit for critiques.

Throughout the week we will use the daytime to make images and the evenings for critique. I ask that you share 5 - 10 images per critique. These may be images made during the workshop or from previous work, in print or digital form. In addition, if you would like an individual portfolio review bring a representative portfolio of no more than 30 images, in print or digital format.

My Spirit of Structure workshops are designed to increase your skills, challenge old habits and help you break out of ruts. Your focus during the week is not so much about making the perfect photograph but in approaching subjects differently, in shifting your perspective, in taking risks. This combination of working in a new environment and altering how you approach your subject will change your photographs long after you leave the workshop.

*Please note that this workshop will begin with a gathering on SATURDAY evening (not the usual Sunday)at 6 p.m. and will end with dinner on THURSDAY night. I suggest making your departure plans for Friday, May 8th, unless you are staying for the Photographers Retreat taking place May 8 - 10 at the same location. If you are staying for the retreat you can book your room for the entire time (May 2 – 12).

Transportation, Lodging

Participants are responsible for lodging, meals and transportation.


Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR)

Rental Car:

A rental car is a must for this workshop. Contact me if you are interested in sharing a car and I will put the word out in the group as registration for the workshop is completed.


The Beeches Inn and Conference Center
7900 Turin Rd, Rt 26
Rome, NY 13440
315-336-1775 ask for Kathy Henriksen


To register download a workshop application (PDF) or contact us.