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.
We will be based in Rugby, the geographical center of North America with a population of approximately 3000. We will work in at least two locations in the Rugby and rolette areas each day. Every year, new locations are added and some are lost to us in this workshop. Most locations are within an hour’s drive and if there is a particular location that “speaks to you” there will be ample opportunity to explore that site several times.
This is a location workshop in which we will focus on creating photographs. All camera format, film and digital, are welcome. Large format and film are always welcome in my workshop but be advised that there is no opportunity for processing film. Digital photographers should bring their own laptop to edit for critiques.
Throughout the week we will use the daytime to make images and the evenings for critique. I ask that you share 5 - 10 images per critique. These may be images made during the workshop or from previous work, in print or digital form. In addition, if you would like an individual portfolio review bring a representative portfolio of no more than 30 images, in print or digital format.
My Spirit of Structure workshops focus on photographing in the man-made environment, rather than on the grand landscape. They are designed to increase your skills and to help you to challenge old habits and break out of ruts. Your focus during the week is not about making the perfect photograph but in approaching the subjects differently, in taking risks, in shifting your point-of-view. The combination of working in a new environment and being deliberate in your photographing will change the photographs you make long after this workshop is over.
For all participants: Please bring two images – one of your own and one of a photographer who inspires you (not an original) – to introduce yourself to the group.
The workshop begins on Sunday evening, May 11 at 6 p.m. and ends after dinner on Friday. I would suggest making your departure plans for Saturday, May 17.
Transportation, Lodging: Participants are responsible for lodging, meals and transportation.
Airports: Minot (MOT) is ~ 62 miles from Rugby.
Bismarck (KBIS/BIS) is ~ 125 miles from Rugby
Grand Forks (GFK) ~ 150 miles east of Rugby
Rental Cars: A rental car is a must for this workshop. Contact me if you are interested in sharing a car and I will put the word out in the group as registration for the workshop is completed.
Lodging: When you make your reservations, let them know you are with the Tillman Crane Photography Workshop.
Northern Lights Inn
HWY 2 East
PO Box 165
Rugby, ND 58368
701 776 5776 – Contact the hotel to reserve your room.
At the time of registration, Maine Media Workshops will collect an initial deposit of $150, plus a $55 registration fee. All other payments will be billed & collected directly by Tillman Crane.
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