Imagine 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.
This is a location workshop in which we will focus on creating photographs. All camera formats, film and digital, are welcome. Large format and film are always welcome in Tillman’s workshops but be advised that there is no opportunity for processing film in the area. Digital photographers should bring their own laptop for editing their work.
Although the emphasis is on making photographs, we will take time together as a group to look at each other’s work. If you are working with a digital camera, you have the choice of showing images made during the workshop or from a portfolio you have brought with you. Those working with only film will have to bring a portfolio of images for review. 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. If you wish to do so, you may also bring a small, representative portfolio of current work. Tillman will meet with each of you individually throughout the week to review this work.
Every year, locations are added and some are lost to us in this workshop. Based in and around Rugby and Rolette, we will work in at least two locations each day. Rugby, the geographical center of North America with a population of approximately 3000, is where we will be lodging. 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. Most of your days and evenings we will be spent photographing.
Participants are responsible for lodging, meals and transportation. The workshop will begin on Sunday (May 12th) at 6 p.m. with dinner at the Northern Lights Inn. We will end the week with a closing dinner on Friday (May 17th).
Hotel: 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.
Airports: Minot (MOT) is ~ 62 miles from Rugby.
Bismarck (KBIS/BIS) is ~ 125 miles from Rugby
Grand Forks (GFK) ~ 150 miles east of Rugby
AMTRAK serves Rugby as well
Rental Car: Participants will need to arrange for car transportation. Enterprise, Avis, Hertz, National/Alamo and Rent-a-Wreck cars are available at the airports. Rugby does not have rental cars.
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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