Imagine photographing the streets of a classic western ghost town as well as an old mining community – both in the same week! Gold was discovered in 1862 in Bannack, Montana’s first territorial capital, and approximately 3000 people called it home by 1863. As a state park it is an intact, high plains western town containing nineteen buildings, including a saloon, school, Masonic Hall, two hotels, jail and variety of other businesses and houses. Garnet, located today on BLM land and maintained by the Garnet Historic Association, was settled three decades later by the miners and their families working for the mining companies. By then industrial equipment was being used to dig out the hard-rock mines. In its heyday over 1000 people lived in this high mountain area in the Garnet Mountain range. Many of the original buildings are still intact, although to a lesser degree than the ghost town of Bannack. Our third location, Nevada City, is an actively maintained, repaired and staged collection of buildings brought to this location from all over Montana by the Montana Heritage Commission.
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 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, September 7 at 6 p.m. and ends after dinner on Friday. I would suggest making your departure plans for Saturday, September 13.
Transportation, Lodging: Participants are responsible for lodging, meals and transportation.
Airports: Missoula airport (MSO). Workshop will begin in Dillon, MT and end in Missoula.
Rental car: 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: We will be staying in two different hotels during this workshop. Be sure you have reservations for both locations.
ARRIVAL: DEPARTURE: LOCATION:
Sunday (9/7) Wednesday (9/10) Dillon, Montana
Guest House Inns and Suites
580 Sinclair St.
Dillon, MT 59725
406-683-3636 – Ask for Trace Rawson or mention the “Tillman Crane Photography Workshop” to reserve rooms.
Wednesday (9/10) Saturday (9/14) Missoula, Montana
Ruby’s Inn in Missoula
4825 North Reserve St.
Missoula, MT 59808
800-221-2057 – Ask for Vicki Voegelin or mention the “Tillman Crane Photography Workshop” to reserve rooms.
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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