The Wish to Photograph
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 morals, 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 discover and articulate our own photographic goals and challenges.
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, reference images and a short bibliography will be provided for further inquiry.
Schedule for the day:
Introductions: photographs and photographing – a special picture
Composition: number and proportions in space and mind
Framing: where is the subject and who am I?
Lunch and discussion: personal goals and course handouts
What I know and what I see: expanding the boundaries of curiosity
Bright and dim: illumination as metaphor and sensation
Discovering and imagining: inventing from life
Our own metaphors: stories and still images
Gathering and concluding
Photo by Todd Gilens
-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.
This class will be instructed by Todd Gilens. Click here to read his bio!
- Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in
- Please follow the parking instructions for the facility used that day
- Please provide an email you check regularly for updates and reminders about your class
- Registration is required online prior to the event in order to maintain class sizes
- Sales end 48 hours before the start date.
- If sales have ended, and the class is not yet full, and you would like to attend, please contact us
What to Bring:
Warm Variable Weather Clothing
Water Bottle & Sunscreen
Notebook and Pen
Eventbrite Confirmation Email
About the PRNSA Field Institute:
The PRNSA Field Institute offers hands-on environmental education classes throughout the year that foster enjoyment of Point Reyes National Seashore. Our classes are led by expert instructors, who take you out of your everyday life and into the natural world. We host a variety of classes about the arts and sciences and have something for everyone. You can reach the Field Institute at (415) 663-1200 x307 or by email at email@example.com.
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