Photo by Todd Gilens
Dive into what’s behind the pictures we take, and the ones we wish we could take, in a class that explores the wish to see the world though still images. This is not a technical course but one in which we reflect on our mental, emotional and perceptual processes in the pursuit of images.
Through exercises and experiments with and without a camera, we’ll explore how photography brings us into dialogue with the world. We’ll consider how unbounded nature is framed and captured, composition and photographic morality, and when to take up or put the camera down. There will be short, easy walks, time for writing, discussion and, of course, taking pictures. Throughout the day we will seek to discover and articulate our own photographic goals and difficulties.
Both beginning and advanced photographers are welcome, as well as those curious about photography. Come prepared with a camera of some kind, a willingness to share experiences and to take creative risks. Readings and a short bibliography will be provided for further inquiry.
Schedule for the day:
Introductions: “how I use my camera” and “a most memorable picture”
Bright and dim (illumination as metaphor and sensation; working with the idea and limits of seeing)
Composition (proportions in space and mind)
Where is the subject and who am I in relation? (self-other consciousness: a dialogue through and around the camera)
Lunch and discussion: personal goals and fears
What I know and what I see (How knowing guides noticing and noticing invites knowing)
Discovering and imagining (photography in an ever-changing world)
Our own metaphor (lively images)
Gathering and concluding observations
Location: Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with directions to the meeting location!
-Youth, ages 12 and up, are welcome with adult supervision.
-If you have any special circumstances or questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class Cancelation Policy: If a registered participant wishes to cancel their enrollment and receive a refund, notification must be received at least 14 days in advance of the class date. No refunds will be issued for enrollment cancellations made less than 14 days in advance of the class date. Class enrollment fees are non-transferable. PNRSA Field Institute classes are generally run rain or shine, though will follow National Park Service weather and road advisories to ensure that classes only run in safe conditions. In the event that the PRNSA Field Institute cancels a class for any reason, participants will receive a full refund of class fees.
What to Bring:
Notebook or sketchbook
Warm, variable-weather, layered clothing (waterproof windbreaker or rain jacket, hat, gloves)
Hat and sunscreen
Comfortable walking shoes
Lunch, snacks, and water for the day
Binoculars and hand lens (optional)