2016 Workshops

Portfolio Weekend

March 4 – 6, 2016 Camden, Maine Class Size: 8 Tuition: $500 Register

People often want to discuss their photographs in greater depth than a class critique provides for. It is hard to make time to do this in a location workshop so this workshop was created for just this purpose. We keep the class size small yet recognize the synergistic energy that comes out of group. The work of each participant’s work is given full attention on both days. One hour on Saturday is focused on looking at your work from a craft and vision perspective and one hour on Sunday as a complete body of work, whether for an exhibit, book or continuing portfolio. The conversations and mentoring by a group of peers has proven priceless to many. We hope you will join in the conversation this year.

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Spirit of Structure: East TN & Great Smoky Mountains National Park

March 27 – April 1, 2016 Townsend, TN Class Size: 15 Tuition: $1500 Register

Welcome to the quiet side of the mountain! This workshop will be based in Townsend TN, the western entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains. This national park is visited by millions of people each year, most never leaving their car. We will not only get out of our cars but we will explore a number of out-of-the-way sites that most people never get to.

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Seventh Annual Photographers' Retreat

April 29 – 30, and May 1, 2016 Rome, NY No fee to attend. Participants are responsible for transportation, food, and lodging. Register

What is the Photographers’ Retreat? It is an opportunity for photographers to meet together over an unstructured weekend to talk, share work, see what others are doing, make new photographs, and in general, “hang out” with people who speak the same language as you. How does it differ from a workshop or conference? There are no agendas, lectures or classroom teachers. At this retreat we all get to be students and we can all be teachers. This is an informal gathering and you may attend all or part of the weekend. There is no registration charge.

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Spirit of Structure: Abandoned Farms of North Dakota

May 8 – 13, 2016 Rugby, ND Class Size: 15 Tuition: $1500 Register

Welcome to the unique opportunity of photographing in isolated, abandoned farmhouses and nearly deserted towns in north central North Dakota. Conditions of the structures range from windowless shells to intact buildings containing personal belongings of the long gone occupants. Despite the perception that photographing buildings falls under the genre of “architectural” photography these structures also provide rich possibilities for photographers with still life, portrait, abstract, and landscape interests.

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Spirit of Structure: Orkney Islands, Scotland

August 31 – September 9, 2016 (10 days) Orkney Islands, Scotland Class Size: 10 Tuition: $3000 Register

Experience the magic of the Orkney islands! There is something to interest every artist with more than 5000 years of human history, culture and architecture, as well as its beautiful sparse landscape. From the Neolithic village of Skara Brae to the 850-year-old Norse St Magnus Cathedral, this World Heritage Site ensures you will experience a history on par with Stonehenge and the Great Wall of China.

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Spirit of Structure: Erie Canal: Waterloo and Seneca Falls

October 2 – 7, 2016 Waterloo/Seneca Falls, NY Instructors: Tillman Crane and Dennis Stierer Class Size: 15 Tuition: $1500 Register

The 5th Erie Canal workshop is based in the Waterloo/Seneca Falls area. Initially we will focus on the Cayuga Seneca Canal running from Cayuaga Lake to the Erie Canal. There are four locks and a well-maintained power house along this canal. Additional highlights in the Seneca Falls environs (the mythical setting for Bedford Falls in It's a Wonderful Life) are the Women’s Rights National Historic Park, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and the village of Waterloo. We will be there in the fall and the colors along the canals could be glorious.

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For further information email us or call (207) 230-0199.

If you do not see the perfect workshop for you listed above, please contact me for information on individual or group tutorials. I can work with you here in Maine, in your own home darkroom/studio or at a location of your choice. Private tutorials can be set up by day, weekend or week. Email us for further details.