2014 Workshops

Spirit of Structure: Alabama Revisited

January 19 – 24, 2014 Alabama Class Size: 15 Tuition: $1500 Register by downloading our Workshop Application (PDF) or contact us.

Photographing this area of Alabama has a threefold purpose: to explore Alabama’s industrial and agricultural past, to look at the spirit of the structures (i.e. the stories behind the buildings) and to record the changes as another small town Main Street is rebuilt with renewed focus and purpose.

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Portfolio Weekend

March 7 – 9, 2014 Camden, Maine Class Size: 8 Tuition: $500 Register by downloading our Workshop Application (PDF) or contact us.

Join me for a weekend of portfolio reviews with a small group of dynamic and dedicated photographers. Use this opportunity to refine your portfolio, (whether for exhibition, publication or website) and to chart the direction of a project as well as your continuing growth as a photographer.

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Fifth Annual Photographers’ Retreat

April 11 – 13, 2014 Johnstown, New York To attend, simply make a hotel reservation for either the Johnstown Holiday Inn or another place of your choosing, and contact Andy Schmitt (aandy42@gmail.com).

This one 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 is no agenda, 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 11 – 16, 2014 Rugby, North Dakota Class Size: 15 Tuition: $1500 Register by downloading our Workshop Application (PDF) or contact us.

This workshop offers the unique opportunity to photograph in isolated, abandoned farmhouses and nearly deserted towns in north central North Dakota. Conditions of the structures range from mere 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 the photographer with rich possibilities for still life, portrait and abstract, as well as landscape interests.

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Spirit of Structure: Orkney Islands, Scotland

June 15 – 20, 2014 Orkney Islands, Scotland Class Size: 10 Tuition: $1800 Register by downloading our Workshop Application (PDF) or contact us.

Experience the magic of the Orkney islands! With more than 5000 years of human history, culture and architecture, as well as the beautiful sparse landscape, there is something to interest every artist. From the Neolithic stone 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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Platinum Printing in the 21st Century

July 18 – 22, 2014 Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton NJ Register at www.petersvalley.org.

Platinum prints, also known as platinum/palladium or platinotypes, are made by photographic process popular in the late 1800’s. Known for their beauty, archival stability and unique, one-of-a-kind print statement, an interest in this alternative process has taken hold, even as digital advancements have exploded in recent years. Platinum prints have a different “look” from silver gelatin or digital prints. All platinum prints have a matte, not glossy surface, because the emulsion is absorbed into the paper rather than sitting on the surface. A platinum print also has a more gradual change from black to white along its tonal range. To the eye accustomed to the punch of a silver gelatin print, a platinum print will often feel “softer” or lower in contrast. In reality, there are actually more steps between pure black and pure white in platinum prints than in silver gelatin prints and this contributes to the deeper, richer feeling you experience when looking at these prints.

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CANCELLED - Spirit of Structure: Ghost Towns of Western Montana

September 7 – 12, 2014 Montana Class Size: 15 Tuition: $1500 Register by downloading our Workshop Application (PDF) or contact us.

Imagine photographing the streets of a classic western ghost town as well as an old mining community – both in the same week! Gold was discovered in 1862 in Bannack, Montana’s first territorial capital, and approximately 3000 people called it home by 1863. As a state park it is an intact, high plains western town containing nineteen buildings, including a saloon, school, Masonic Hall, two hotels, jail and variety of other businesses and houses. Garnet, located today on BLM land and maintained by the Garnet Historic Association, was settled three decades later by the miners and their families working for the mining companies. By then industrial equipment was being used to dig out the hard-rock mines. In its heyday over 1000 people lived in this high mountain area in the Garnet Mountain range. Many of the original buildings are still intact, although to a lesser degree than the ghost town of Bannack. Our third location, Nevada City, is an actively maintained, repaired and staged collection of buildings brought to this location from all over Montana by the Montana Heritage Commission.

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Spirit of Structure: Autumn Along the Erie & Oswego Canals

October 5 – 10, 2014 Baldwinsville, NY Class Size: 15 Instructors: Tillman Crane and Dennis Stierer Tuition: $1500 Register by downloading our Workshop Application (PDF) or contact us.

Explore the Erie and Oswego Canals - the original, the 1840’s canals and the currently used canals - in the colorful autumn landscape. We will focus along the Erie Canalway National Historic Corridor from Seneca Falls to Syracuse. Locations include (but not limited to): the rebuilt Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct in Cammilus, a restored functioning aqueduct that is part of the 1840’s rebuilt canal; the three modern Oswego Canal locks that are part of the 1920’s technology; the Jordan Aqueduct that goes over the Skaneateles Creek in downtown Jordan and the Montazuma Aqueduct crossing part way across the Seneca River. In addition we will photograph in the beautifully restored Mentz Community Church, visit the nearby aqueducts, the Erie Canal Museum (which housed the original Weigh Station) and various parks associated with these locks and aqueducts. The hotel we are staying at is right on modern lock 24 in Baldwinsville and lock 23 is not far away. The addition of fall color should make this a specatacular time of year to be shooting in this area.

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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.

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