Courses and Workshops
NEW ! – Photography and the Search for Meaning – An Extended Workshop
Phase 1 – September 14 to 16
Do you remember why you decided to become a photographer? Was there a particular image that inspired you or was it something else?
Come join us to explore the notion that photography presents a gateway to meaning. For many of us meaning can be found in religion, vocation or in friends and family. But for others, the search for meaning is more elusive, philosophical. Some find refining a craft, creating a work of art, writing a good story is sufficient to satisfy this need but how does this work for photographers? We all question at times and we all want to express our vision.
The act of making a photograph is one of assigning significance. There is always a reason behind our pictures. We question, remark on what we see, juxtapose objects, celebrate the wonder, and express ideas. As photographers we use a language that is universal, that has its own syntax. Photographs prove our existence, they not only provide context for our stories, they provide a powerful platform to express our individual viewpoint.
During this workshop you will be offered informed critiques and a basis to extend the depth of your work. You will walk away with renewed confidence and an unshakable focus. You might even solve the question, why am I here?
Our focus will be to use our photography to create a visual essay. You will be offered the opportunity to create a series of photographs that express your own unique view on a topic that has import. You will be guided and supported through this process by the community that we will become. We will help you discover the threads that already exist in your work, help you to refine and extend them into a body of work that expresses your ideas and observations in an integrated visual essay.
Duration: Phase 1 – Friday September 14 to 16 then Phase 2 online for 10 weeks, finally Phase 3 will be 1 day.
This workshop is limited to 12 participants. It is highly interactive. You will need to do some preparation and will be contacted prior to the first session so you know what to bring.
You may use whatever equipment you are comfortable with, film or digital, your images and their content are what is important.
Phase 1 Location: The Haven A Centre for Transformative Learning on beautiful Gabriola Island.
Phase 3 Location: To be determined.
(Please note that the Haven is not ready to receive registrations as of June 16. Just contact me by email and I will reserve a spot for you if you wish. I am also ready to answer any questions you may have. Contact me by email here.)
Coming This Fall
Photography as Visual Language
Photography is a form of visual communication. Over a ten week period we will look at and explore the process and construct of visual messaging in photography and other visual art forms. Our intention will be to develop and understand the basic requirements of content and form in creating images with impact and depth.
We will attempt to integrate the academic as well as practical viewpoints, always working to understand the works of the great photographers within the context of visual language. To do this we will compare visual language to other expressions looking not only for the similarities but also the differences that afford visual expression its power.
We will also look into models of communication and comprehension and attempt to apply them to the work that we create in response to assignments.
Duration: 30 hours over 10 weeks.
This workshop is limited to 12 participants